• Bass Fishing

    Downsize your swimbaits for better post-spawn bass success.

    Swimbait? Go small

    Big swimbaits might catch bruiser bass in California lakes, but downsizing these soft-plastic baits is the way to go in the Carolinas, especially during the prespawn.
    April 01 at 7:00am
    Raleigh-Durham’s three bass lakes are North Carolina’s best.

    Mining RDU’s ‘Golden Triangle’

    Harris, Falls or Jordan, which is the best of North Carolina’s best lakes for largemouth bass?
    April 01 at 7:00am
    Red-clay fever will infect striper, hybrid fishermen on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell this month.

    Fast and furious - Striper, hybrid bass action

    When blueback herring spawn on Lake Hartwell this month, stripers and hybrid bass will pile into the shallows on red-clay banks to gorge themselves. Be there when you get there, and you’ve got some fast action at hand.
    April 01 at 7:00am
    Soft baits catch plenty of shallow, spring largemouths, but they’re not the only way to go.

    Three go-to hard baits

    Even when they’re shallow, bass will readily hit these lures
    April 01 at 7:00am

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    April 01 at 7:00am
    Jimmy Mason holds up a 6-pound bass caught on a Bomber Jointed Wake Minnow at Wilson Lake.

    Bomber’s Jointed Wake Minnow

    Bass, redfish smash new topwater
    March 29 at 9:00am
    Steve Ford caught this big bass during a weekday tournament on Jordan Lake.

    Jordan Lake spits out bass just short of 12 pounds for Fayetteville, N.C., angler

    Huge largemouth hits jig in weekday team tournament
    March 28 at 1:46am
    Lake Rhodhiss can turn out some awfully nice striped bass in April when they move up the Catawba River.

    Rhodhiss stripers get hot

    Spring run to upper end of lake produces great fish
    March 23 at 3:09pm
    Bass pro Andy Wicker loves to fish Lake Monticello in April because so many bass will be shallow.

    Bank on Lake Monticello’s April bass

    Fishing is as simple as it gets, with plenty of big, hungry fish moving to the banks
    March 23 at 3:02pm
    Lake Gaston’s bass will be caught on main-lake points and/or well back in creeks in April, depending on how the spawn progresses.

    Bass moving in Lake Gaston

    Start April on main-lake points, move to creeks as spawn nears
    March 23 at 2:49pm
    Bass pro Tim Grein of Winston-Salem, N.C., caught this Kerr Lake lunker on a spinnerbait in flooded shoreline cover.

    Bushwhack bass at Kerr lake

    High water, if not too high, can put anglers in heaven
    March 23 at 2:36pm
    Stripers begin moving this month into the upper reaches of Lake Marion as they begin their annual spawning run into tributary rivers.

    Big-fish time on Moultrie, Marion

    March means hungry bass, catfish, stripers, more
    March 16 at 9:00am
    Brian Latimer said the key to catching bass in muddy water is to focus less on lure color, and more on lure vibration, sound, and water disturbance.

    Number 1 tip for catching bass in muddy water

    Pro angler shares his tips
    March 12 at 6:58pm
    A Buckeye Mop Jig (pictured) and a No. 7 Rapala Shad Rap are two baits all bass fishermen need to have tied on in March, when bass are really starting to feed and move toward shallower water.

    Must-have baits for March bass

    Make sure you have these lures tied on when you hit the lake this month for your best chance at truly big bass
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Angler Wyn Mullins believes that February might be the best time to catch a huge, prespawn bass on the Santee Cooper lakes, Marion or Moultrie.

    February is big-bass time

    Santee Cooper’s lunkers are making their move
    February 16 at 9:00am
    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s decision to replace striped bass with hybrid bass in Lake Norman has paid off for guide Bob Curan.

    Tagged hybrid program continues

    February 15 at 7:00am