Rain could muddy the waters for area fishing
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Two questions face anglers in the Piedmont and mountains of the Carolinas. How discolored will the water be as a result of runoff from this week's heavy rains? And will rain possibly forthcoming from Hurricane Gustav further muddy the situation? Meanwhile, trolling is exceptional offshore of Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Village for dolphin with limits being boated.
From before the downpours off
Tropical Storm Fay:
1. LAKE NORMAN: Surface-schooling largemouth bass in the 2-pound range in late afternoon near Marker 23. Spotted bass at the end of long points on jigging spoons. Scattered stripers at night near Cowans Ford Dam on live baits.
2. LAKE WYLIE: White perch around humps 15-20 feet deep on earthworms, minnows, spoons. Largemouth in surfacing schools just after dawn on topwater lures. Bream on crickets, catfish on mussels, shrimp, stinkbaits.
3. LAKES BADIN, TILLERY, BLEWETT FALLS: Bream and catfish on traditional baits.
4. HIGH ROCK LAKE: Mainly bream and catfish.
5. LAKES HICKORY, RHODHISS: Little activity reported at Hickory. Bream and catfish at Rhodhiss, plus crappie from around deep cover.
6. LAKE JAMES: Crappie around deep brush on minnows. Bream and catfish on crickets and crawlers, respectively. A few walleye off clay points and shoreline on crawlers.
7. FONTANA LAKE: Walleye on spoons jigged 65 feet deep off the points and also on lures trolled at the same depth up the main channel from the dam. Improving for smallmouth bass on crankbaits in late afternoon from the shoreline out to 20 feet deep.
8. LAKE WATEREE: Plenty of catfish around the creek mouths on crawlers, cut baits. Bream along the shoreline on crickets, earthworms.
9. LAKE HARTWELL: Stripers, hybrids from Singing Pines to the dam 70-90 feet deep on live baits. Bream along the shoreline.
10. LAKE JOCASSEE: Trout 80-100 feet down on large shiners and trolled spoons. Bream along the banks and catfish at creek mouths.
11. LAKE KEOWEE: Largemouth and spotted bass during early morning on buzzbaits and crankbaits. Crappie at night at the bridge pilings. Bream along the banks.
12. LAKE MURRAY: Stripers 60-80 feet deep around the towers on live baits. Largemouth in early morning on topwater lures, including floating artificial worms. Bream and shellcrackers on crickets, earthworms 5-10 feet deep off the banks.
13. LAKE THURMOND: Stripers, hybrids in surfacing schools on bucktails, Rattle Trap lures.
14. SANTEE-COOPER RESERVOIR: Lake Marion: Lots of catfish in deep water on cut baits. Only fair for other species; Lake Moultrie: Good to excellent for catfish at night on cut herring, mullet and shad. Fair for other species.
15. OUTER BANKS: Nags Head area: Two-at-a-time spots at piers; blues, flounder and spots in the surf; Oregon Inlet area: Plentiful dolphin offshore, along with sailfish. Blues and Spanish mackerel inshore along with some false albacore. Speckled trout in Pamlico Sound; Hatteras Island: Dolphin offshore of Hatteras Village. Lots of blues and Spanish mackerel up to 5 pounds in the surf at Cape Point near Buxton. Blues, flounder, puppy drum and whiting in the surf elsewhere; Ocracoke Island: Black drum, blues, flounder, puppy drum and Spanish mackerel in the surf.
Morehead City area: Continuing good action for Spanish mackerel just outside Beaufort Inlet and at the Cape Lookout Shoals. King mackerel in the 30-pound range east of the shipping channel. Red drum to 60 pounds in Pamlico Sound near Cedar Island. Flounder, puppy drum and trout in the backwaters. Blues, flounder, spots and whiting at piers.
16. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. COAST: Blues, flounder, pompano and whiting at piers. Kings are starting to show offshore of Ocean Isle and Southport. Flounder and reds in the backwaters.
17. S.C. COAST: Flounder in the creeks and at piers from Little River southward through the Grand Strand, mainly on mud minnows. Sheepshead at the Murrells Inlet and Georgetown (Winyah Bay) jetties on fiddler crabs and cut shrimp. Plentiful reds (spottails) and trout in Charleston area estuaries on artificial lures and live baits. Tarpon near the jetties and in the sloughs from Charleston to Beaufort on live menhaden and mullet.