• Bass Fishing

    Stripers get more active in cold weather, making them perfect targets for December trips.

    Stripers, walleyes on tap

    If you’re getting tired of sitting in your deer stand or bored with football games on television, I think I might have a little something that will make your December more fun. 

    December 01 at 9:00am
    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held Jan. 13 - 14 in Anderson, S.C.

    High School Bass Class to be held Jan. 13, 14

    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held in Anderson, SC on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, 2017. The High School Bass Class will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, located at 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 

    November 16 at 3:35am
    A vibrating jig is a great tool bass fishermen should have in their tackle boxes when November rolls around.

    Take a break from deer; the bass fishing is worth it

    A lot of people are in the woods hunting deer this month, including myself, but if you’re on the water, November is one of the prettiest months for fishermen. Stripers, hybrids, white perch and crappie are all biting, and being that my passion is bass fishing, it’s a time when I want to spend a few days on the water.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    A big live bait is just the ticket for fishermen targeting striped bass on High Rock Lake this month.

    High Rock Lake stripers are on

    Fishermen who like to catch big striped bass on the Yadkin River system will have November marked down on their calendars as a month when they need to be drowning baits on High Rock Lake.

    October 31 at 2:29pm
    Bass pro Dearal Rodgers targets November largemouths around Lake Wateree’s shallow cover: rocks, grass, laydowns and docks.

    Lake Wateree bass are hungry

    November on Lake Wateree means cooler water temperatures, shorter days and hungry bass, according to pro angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden.

    “The late-fall fishing season begins in November, and the bass will gorge themselves throughout the month getting ready for winter,” he said. “Fall bass feed heavily on Wateree’s three main food sources: shad, bluegill and crawfish.”

    October 31 at 11:55am
    Guide Colt Bass said cooling weather brings out the best in Lake Hickory striped bass.

    Catch more striped bass with the right bait at the right depth

    November can stack up to be one of the best months for stripers at North Carolina’s Lake Hickory, according to guide Colt Bass of Colt Bass Fishing. 

    October 31 at 11:51am
    Guide Brad Fowler said Lake Keowee’s largemouth and spotted bass will head toward deep water as November progresses.

    Expert tips on catching Keowee's bass in cold weather

    The period between Halloween and Thanksgiving is one of the favorite times of the year on Lake Keowee for guide Brad Fowler of Pendleton.

    October 31 at 11:22am
    Striped bass and largemouths often show up in the same areas of shallow water at Kerr Lake in November.

    How to catch more stripers and largemouth at Buggs Island

    Guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, N.C., said he’d rather fish Kerr Reservoir, aka Buggs Island, for largemouth bass and stripers in November than just about any other body of water. Not only are the two species active, but they can often be found feeding together in shallow water.

    October 31 at 10:03am
    Josh Hooks of Apex said Shearon Harris anglers need to fish shallow with lipless crankbaits or deep with jigging spoons and deep-diving crankbaits this month.

    Fish Shearon Harris Lake grass for bass

    In November, the whereabouts of Shearon Harris Lake’s fat largemouth bass can cover an incredible range from shallow to deep, depending on water temperature.

    October 31 at 9:43am
    Cranking or ripping a spoon off the bottom will cover the entire water column and produce plenty of Santee Cooper stripers.

    Catch more Santee Cooper stripers with this strategy

    It’s never a bad time to fish the Santee Cooper lakes, but November can be really good, especially for anglers seeking a bite from a striper. These fish are as active this month as they are all year, and catching them isn’t a problem.

    October 31 at 9:26am
    Elizabeth Ward holds the first bass she caught on her own. It hit one of her father’s CW Custom Lures spinnerbaits.

    C.W. Custom Lures - This spinnerbait moves smoothly through grass

    A small profile can make a big difference. That's why Clint Ward makes a spinnerbait from scratch to satisfy the needs of both anglers and bass.

    October 29 at 9:00am
    Bass move back into creeks in the fall, and they begin to feed heavily to build up reserves as winter approaches.

    Is October best month?

    October is a month I have circled on the calendar every year; it can be the best month for the kind of fishing I do, and there are plenty of other bass fishermen think the same thing, no matter what kinds of baits they like to throw. Fish are moving back in creeks, and they’re moving up, feeding heavily, and they become easier to catch.

    October 01 at 7:00am
    The wider profile and heart-shaped tail give this bait a distinctive wobble and kick.

    Heart Tail Swimbaits

    Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits keeps raising the bar higher and higher with each entry into the artificial lure manufacturing industry.

    For example, owner Gary Yamamoto is proud of the fairly new Heart Tail Swimbait.

    September 29 at 9:00am
    Guide Ronnie Parris targets smallmouth bass on deep, rocky points at Fontana Lake this month.

    Fontana Lake points will hold plenty of fall smallmouth bass

    Ronnie Parris of Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited targets rocky points in October for smallmouth bass at Fontana Lake.

    September 27 at 11:39am
    Guide Bob Curan targets spotted bass around creek mouths on Lake Norman as October progresses.

    Top tips for catching more Lake Norman spotted bass

    Fishing for spotted bass on Lake Norman greatly improves in October as the water temperature gradually declines from the 80s into the lower 70s, according to Bob Curan of Bob’s Professional Fishing Guide Service.

    September 27 at 10:43am
    In the last part of October, Tony Shepherd keys on baitfish schools to find the stripers and hybrids on Clarks Hill Lake.

    Catch more stripers, hybrids, at Clarks Hill with these tips

    Fishing for stripers or hybrids on South Carolina’s Clarks Hill Lake this month can be divided into three phases, according to Tony Shepherd, who operates Little River Guide Service.

    September 27 at 10:28am