With the weather and lake water levels/coloration fluctuating so frequently, fishing results have been topsy-turvy in recent days across the Carolinas.
For example, Lake Norman has produced limit catches of crappie, but the bite of hybrids and striped bass has dropped off.
Fair numbers – at best – of largemouth bass were reported this week from most Piedmont lakes. Yet a tournament at Lake Wateree produced a limit catch of five largemouth weighing a dandy 24 pounds.
On the coast, rough sea conditions have kept all but a few offshore boats in port and made fishing in the surf very challenging. But in brief periods when parties could go out trolling, a bluefin tuna, several yellowfins and a few large wahoo have been boated. Surfcasters have caught puppy drum in fair numbers near Buxton on Hatteras Island.
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Lake Norman: Good for crappie on minnows worked around brush 30 feet deep. The Mountain Creek arm has been especially productive. The bite for spotted bass, largemouth and white perch has been fair. A photo of a 10.3-pound largemouth reportedly boated at Norman was posted on an internet site, but the angler wasn’t identified. Shoreline fishing at the Plant Marshall hot hole has produced a fair mixed catch that included catfish.
Lake Wylie: Fair to good for crappie on minnows fish around cover 20-30 feet deep.
Cane Creek Park: Continuing fair for crappie.
Lake Tillery: Continuing good for crappie, which are moving into shallower cover and taking both jigs and minnows.
Blewett Falls: Good for crappie on minnows in the section known as Smith Lake.
Fontana Lake: Fair to good for smallmouth and spotted bass on twister-tail grubs in creek arms with dingy conditions. Sawyer Creek has yielded the best catches, including a 10-pound largemouth.
Lake Wateree: Excellent for largemouth on crankbaits and skirted spinnerbaits. The top eight teams in a Carolinas Bass Challenge Series tournament last Saturday had catches weighing over 15 pounds. Continuing fair for crappie in the creek arms on minnows and Fish Stalker jigs in bright colors.
Lake Murray: Striped bass action remains fair in the backs of creeks in the lower section of the impoundment, hitting live baits best. Some surface schooling among stripers is reported in the upper portion.
N.C. Coast: Overall, there has been very little activity because of rough seas, especially offshore. However, a party trolling from skipper Kenneth Brown’s Trophy Hunter out of Oregon Inlet caught a 220-pound bluefin tuna and several yellowfins. Scattered puppy drum have been caught in the surf near Cape Point and at Ramp 55 on Hatteras Island. Just off Ocean Isle limits of black seabass were boated by a party fishing on bottom 90 feet down.
S.C. Coast: Little activity because of foul weather, but during a lull a large dolphin, or mahi-mahi, was boated off Myrtle Beach and four big wahoo off Murrells Inlet. The sheepshead bite continues strong at the artificial reefs near Charleston.