Warmer weather should heat up fishing action
A winter storm and the snow and ice it left behind generally disrupted fishing across the Carolinas during the past week.
Mild weather conditions and forecasts of temperatures near 70 degrees should start turning things around during the next few days.
This is the hope of angling enthusiasts across both states afflicted with “cabin fever” brought on by an especially cold winter – by Carolinas standards – that has discouraged them from getting on the water.
The best bet appears to be fishing for crappie on the Piedmont lakes. Brothers Bo and John Crutchfield of Denver, N.C., had an excellent catch while fishing during heavy snowfall last Thursday at Lake Norman. Included was a 2 1/2 pound crappie caught by Bo.
They enticed the fish to hit black Slicktail grubs cast to boat docks.
Lake Norman: Little activity, but crappie and bass are hitting for those giving fishing a try. It reportedly took five bass weighing 19 pounds to win a tournament last Saturday.
Lake Wylie: Continuing fair for largemouth bass on Alabama rigs and grubs on lead heads cast to points and creek mouths. Best activity has been near the Plant Allen and Catawba Nuclear Station hot holes.
Mountain Island Lake: Little activity.
Cane Creek Park Lake: Little activity.
Yadkin/Pee Dee River Lakes: Generally slow.
Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Little activity this week, but prospects appear good for crappie fishing at all three reservoirs on minnows as conditions improve.
Fontana Lake: No report.
Lake Wateree: Slow.
Lake Murray: Good for largemouth bass, especially among tournament anglers. It took five fish scaling 23.67 pounds to win a Carolinas Bass Challenge event last weekend.
Santee Cooper Lakes: Little activity but continuing fair for striped bass anglers who are fishing in the Wyboo Creek area of Lake Marion on drift-fished live baits. A few stripers on trolled lures in Lake Moultrie.
Lake Hartwell: Slow.
Lake Keowee: Slow.
Lake Jocassee: Still fair to good for trout in the creeks and around points on live baits fished from the surface down to 40 feet. Some large trout have been caught.
Outer Banks: Nags Head area: little activity; Oregon Inlet: little activity; Hatteras Island: blackfin tuna and a few dolphin offshore of Hatteras Village. Little activity in the surf; Ocracoke Island: no report; Morehead City area: no report.
Southeast Coast: Little activity.
S.C. Coast: Grand Strand area: very scattered puppy drum and trout at the Murrels Inlet and Georgetown jetties on live baits and shrimp-like lures.
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