Find the shad, and you’ll find the bass. That well-worn wisdom is true on Lake Wylie, especially in the winter. But to find the shad, it helps to know a little about them.
Lake Wylie’s largemouth bass predominately feed on two types of shad, according to David Goodfred, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The first are gizzard shad, which tolerate cold water well, but quickly grow larger than bass can eat. The other is threadfin, which average 4 to 7 inches long, the perfect size for bass to eat.
November 15 at 6:00am