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Lake fishing for crappie is best prospect in Carolinas

Crappie at Lakes Norman, Mountain Island and Wylie on the Catawba River chain and at Lakes Badin, Tillery and Blewett Falls on the Yadkin-Pee Dee offer good prospects for this weekend.

Elsewhere, including the coast, the action rates mostly fair.

Lake Norman: Crappie continue their move into the usual spring-time pattern and are being caught on minnows worked around brush and docks 10 feet deep. Anglers casting jigs and flukes to docks and points for largemouth and spotted bass are scoring on small fish.

Lake Wylie: Limits of crappie, 10 feet down around cover, on jigs and minnows. Fair to good for largemouth around points, creek mouths and docks on Alabama Rigs and crankbaits.

Union County Lakes: Best for largemouth at Lee, Monroe and Twitty on artificial worms and crankbaits. Limits of bass and crappie at Cane Creek Park.

Yadkin/Pee Dee River Lakes: Good for crappie all along the chain of High Rock, Tuckertown, Badin and Tillery, and Blewett Falls. Best at the latter three.

Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Continuing good at James for smallmouth bass, mainly on shiners. Improving for crappie at James and Rhodhiss. Striped bass at dawn and dusk on Hickory near the N.C. 127 bridge on swim baits.

Fontana Lake: Smallmouth and spotted bass on shiners and Alabama rigs cast to the points. Continuing good for trout on spoons trolled along the main channel from the dam to Big Island and back

Lake Wateree: Good for crappie around shallow cover on jigs, minnows. Largemouth, moving to the shoreline, on jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Lake Murray: Fair for crappie 16-20 feet down, with discolored water slightly slowing the catch. Fair for largemouth on deep ledges on Alabama Rigs, crankbaits and spoons.

Santee-Cooper Lakes: Slow.

Lake Hartwell: Largemouth moving to the creeks and hitting a variety of lures.

Lake Keowee: Continuing fair for largemouth and spotted bass 20-40 feet deep on drop-shot rigs fished along the main channel and at creek mouths.

Lake Jocassee: Fair for trout along the main channel and at creek mouths on minnows and crawlers.

Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Little activity; Oregon Inlet: Fair offshore for yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo. One bluefin tuna boated in recent days; Hatteras Island: Puppy and yearling red drum in the surf at Cape Point. Whiting at Hatteras Inlet. Tilefish and amberjack deep jigging off Hatteras Village; Ocracoke Island: Reds in the surf; Morehead City area: Good for reds in the backwaters at the mouths of creeks on strips of cut mullet.

Southeastern N.C. Coast: Good for reds and trout in the backwater creeks on soft plastic lures in a “new penny” color.

S.C. Coast: Little River area: No activity; Grand Strand area: Black drum, black seabass and sheepshead at the Pawleys Island artificial reef; Charleston area: Blackfin tuna and wahoo offshore when sea conditions are favorable; Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Slow.