|A guide’s guide to North Carolina’s best spring bass lakes
81 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Bass fishermen are as crazy over statistics as hard-core baseball fans, so a popular topics among North Carolina chub chasers is which lake is the hottest around during the spring.
|Sight fishing can create problems
39 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Guide Joel Richardson said sight fishing for bedding bass at Randleman Reservoir is difficult because “you can’t see much farther than two feet down in the water,” but anglers often find bass beds if they fish the right areas.
|Tips from the lipless wizard
51 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Mike Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic champion who’s never at a loss for words, often goes lipless in his quest for bass.
|Boys will be boys — just big boys
38 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
One reason bass pro Tracy Adams likes to fish Lake Hickory as the spawn approaches is that he doesn’t always have to mess with finicky female bass to put the most weight in his livewell. He said the male bass on Hickory are as big as anywhere he’s ever fished, and that fishermen can make a living putting those aggressive fish in the boat.
|Made in the shade? No way!
35 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Lots of fishermen will go straight to a shaded bank to look for shallow bass, figuring their approach is a little more covered in a low-light situation, but bass pro Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro said that may not give fishermen much of an edge on Lake Hickory.
|Nice smallmouth surprises Kerr Lake tournament duo
875 Views - Posted: April 11 at 12:01 pm
Michael Hines of Gibsonville and fishing partner Roger Mabe of Climax didn't catch enough bass to hang around for the weigh-in at the April 5 Tobacco Bass Invitational on Kerr Lake, but they definitely had the day’s most-interesting catch: a 3.58-pound smallmouth bass.
|A Lake Gaston smallmouth bass? How'd it get there?
596 Views - Posted: April 07 at 8:55 am
Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service has led boatloads of clients to great catches of striped bass in his 25 years on Lake Gaston, but even he was surprised when a scoop with his landing net produced a citation smallmouth bass on March 26.
|Warm-water discharge has Belews Lake bass headed to their beds
345 Views - Posted: April 05 at 12:01 pm
Largemouth bass are at all stages of the spawn at Belews Lake, and that suits Kernersville guide Joel Richardson just fine. He can use a variety of lures and techniques to target whichever group of fish are most active
|Relatively new Randleman Reservoir has all the makings of a great spring bass lake
117 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
If February and March are months when a queen-size bass might show interest in a lure, April is the time that anglers have the best chance to encounter truckloads of chubs.
|Water level, water temperature will lead anglers to Kerr Lake bass as the spawn approaches.
154 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
When the warm, afternoon sun warms the shallows to the 45- to 52-degree range, the underwater world at Kerr Lake, aka Buggs Island, becomes a stage for largemouth bass. They’ll start transitioning from their winter haunts to staging areas near their spawning grounds and stick around until warmer water triggers their instinct to spawn.
|April is prime time to catch lots of nice largemouth bass on Lake Hickory.
100 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
Bass pro Tracy Adams has made no bones about the fact that he’s most comfortable fishing for bass in shallow water. He loves picking up his baitcasting rod and flipping or pitching soft-plastic crawfish baits into a couple of feet of water, setting the hook when a nice largemouth grabs hold.
|Time for the big move
126 Views - Posted: March 28 at 9:00 am
March can bring on one of the most-exciting and challenging times of the year to fish. Bass are no doubt on the move, the weather is all over the map and heavy rains can muddy up water in a hurry.
What to look for? In February, you have lots of fish still in wintering spots — stable areas with not much current and good clarity. These fish can still be really deep, but by March, the bulk of them have moved up.
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