|Deep brush piles holding plenty of Falls of Neuse crappie
128 Views - Posted: 13 hours ago
‘Tis the season for using Christmas trees to catch crappie at freshwater venues across North Carolina, and it’s no different at Falls of Neuse Lake near Raleigh-Durham. Guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton said he’s been dropping minnows and lures to brush piles comprised of undecorated cedars and fir trees in 20 to 25 feet of water.
|Donít delay, fish today
21 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:00 am
Winter fishing is often iffy in the mountains. Get out on a stream on one of those rare, warm sunny days, and you’ll likely hit a Blue-Winged Olive or midge hatch, and the trout will be hitting. But if it’s one of those too-often cold, dreary days, you’ll spend much of your time trying to get a nymph in front of a trout’s nose and getting very little response. Trout just aren’t very active in old weather. Most often, it’s a matter of getting a fly to the trout instead of the trout coming to a fly.
|Huge numbers of crappie biting around docks at High Rock, but size is lacking
197 Views - Posted: December 10 at 6:00 am
Granted, the crappie biting at High Rock Lake these days are little bitty, with most measuring less than the legal length of eight inches. But when you can catch more than 100 fish a day, maybe “it’s alright to be little bitty,” as the Alan Jackson song says.
|Jordan Lake crappie working over baits fished in New Hope channel
450 Views - Posted: December 06 at 6:00 am
Cold weather is often difficult in freshwater because many fish species go into a lockdown mode as their metabolism slows. Not so for crappie, and not at Jordan Lake.
|When itís cold, itís hot - Slow-trolling live baits or artificials can produce plenty of winter striped bass on High Rock Lake
149 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
The winter months, particularly December through February, are best times to pursue striped bass in large impoundments across North Carolina, and High Rock Lake on the Yadkin River south of Lexington has consistently been a top producer.
|Trolling bite for stripers has kicked in at High Rock Lake
857 Views - Posted: November 21 at 6:00 am
For the past two weeks, plenty of striped bass in the 10-pound class have been caught at High Rock Lake by fishermen slow-trolling bucktails or using live bait.†
|Crappie, bass have turned on at Jordan Lake
769 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
Sportsmen who aren’t enamored with the idea of sitting in a tree stand all day can turn to Jordan Lake for some of the year’s best fishing. Waters have cooled and turned on largemouth bass and crappie bites.
|Big Snowbird: No. 1?
191 Views - Posted: November 11 at 3:00 am
Big Snowbird Creek in Graham County, considered by many veteran trout fishers as one of the best streams in the far western section of the state, now has four distinct fisheries. In July, a 2.8-mile section of hatchery-supported waters was re-designated as delayed-harvest waters.
|Crappie scattered at High Rock; action at Badin is great in deep water
563 Views - Posted: November 06 at 11:22 am
With the constantly changing weather patterns, crappie are wherever you find them. At High Rock Lake, small crappie are scattered around piers. At Badin Lake, quality crappie are in water as deep as 27 feet.
|Mountain Island blue cats ready to make move to shallows
704 Views - Posted: October 23 at 7:00 am
Kevin Custer of Statesville knows where he’d go if he had to choose a favorite catfish lake today. “If I was gonna go somewhere to catch (blue) catfish, I’d go to MountainIsland or LakeNorman,” said Custer, the vice-president of NC-CATS (www.nccats.net), a North Carolina catfish tournament trail.
|Catfish providing plenty of High Rock action
823 Views - Posted: October 18 at 7:04 am
Maynard Edwards and Jason Heitman, both of Lexington, discovered that variety is indeed the spice of life if you leave your options open at High Rock Lake. The two anglers caught a 20-pound flathead catfish and 14 channel cats ranging from four to 10 pounds on a trip earlier this week after starting the day targeting striped bass.
|Nymphs: the cool flies
400 Views - Posted: October 15 at 9:00 am
If you want to catch trout when hatches are few or nonexistent, use a nymph.
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