• Bass Fishing

    Smallmouth bass are losing ground in Fontana Lake to their spotted bass cousins, but they still provide anglers with plenty of enjoyment.

    Bass buffet?

    Fontana Lake offers its three species to spring anglers
    March 27, 2017 at 3:43pm
    Guide Andy Fox likes a variety of baits for prespawn bass on Lake Hickory, and jigs and soft-plastics when bass begin to spawn.

    It's big-bass time on Hickory

    Prespawn and spawning bass await anglers on Catawba impoundment
    March 27, 2017 at 3:28pm
    Weather changes should cause anglers to change their lures to catch more Broad River smallmouth bass.

    Try river smallies

    Broad River bronzebacks will change menus as April weather changes
    March 27, 2017 at 2:13pm
    Guide Richard Andrews of Bath targets Roanoke River’s striped bass this month with soft-plastic paddletail baits fished on leadhead jigs.

    Roanoke stripers running

    April puts spawning on mind of river-run rockfish
    March 27, 2017 at 1:09pm
    Bass pro Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboro, N.C., believes bass may already be in a post-spawn mode this April.

    Will Jordan bass spawn early?

    After warm February, can RDU lake’s bass be in post-spawn in April?
    March 27, 2017 at 11:07am
    Don’t get frustrated being in the back of a bass boat when fish are bedding and sight-casting is the ticket. Plenty of fish are still in range, moving into the same coves in slightly deeper water.

    Back-of-the-boat bed fishing tips

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    Bass bedding in shallow, clear water often need a little encouragement to strike a lure.

    Bump-n-grind it out

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    Bennett Pridgen caught this double-digit bass at Badin Lake in February.

    Badin Lake angler catches 12-pound, 6-ounce bass

    Same angler caught 7-pound bass on same trip
    March 06, 2017 at 9:32pm
    A lipless crankbait is a great search bait for prespawn bass because it can be fished in a variety of ways.

    Three bass baits for March

    Lipless baits, shallow crankbaits and jigs are tops
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Bass pro Shane Lehew of Catawba, N.C., has learned over the years that timing is everything when it comes to targeting spawning bass.

    Breaking down beds - A top bass pro shares tips on catching spawning bass

    March begins spawning time for bass across the Carolinas; here’s how to target them.
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    March is a month of change for bass fishermen on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

    The change-up - You can’t sit still and keep up with Lake Hartwell’s prespawn bass

    Fishermen who can keep up with changing conditions stand a better chance of catching bass on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Is Falls of Neuse the best bass-fishing lake in North Carolina? It may be, at least in March.

    March for lunkers on North Carolina's Falls of Neuse Lake

    Plenty of bass will be staging and biting this month at Falls of Neuse Lake when all the planets align. Learn how to get the most from one of North Carolina’s top fisheries.
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    March is time to seign Santee’s Sparkleberry Swamp for bass.

    Seine the swamp - Cypress and tupelo trees in South Carolina’s Sparkleberry Swamp are bass magnets

    Sparkleberry Swamp in the upper reaches of South Carolina’s Lake Marion offers some great early spring fishing for big largemouth bass.
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Lipless crankbaits are the ticket to catching prespawn bass at Kerr Lake as they stage, waiting for warmer weather to push them to the spawn.

    Give bass a Trap

    Lipless baits work on staging Kerr bass
    February 23, 2017 at 2:10pm