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Fishing forecast for 01-29-15

Lake Norman and Fontana Lake continue to provide the most consistent fishing action in the Carolinas.

Anglers at Norman are catching stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and white perch, although the action varies day-to-day.

At Fontana, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the catch continues to be mainly smallmouth and spotted bass.

Winds created by Winter Storm Juno generally have disrupted fishing along the coast, but better conditions are forecast for coming days.

Lake Norman : Stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and white perch in mixed schools near the main channel just south of the N.C. 150 Bridge. The area between Hager Creek Access Area on the eastern shore and Frasier Island to the west also has been productive. The best tactic by far is trolling Albama Rigs. A few largemouth and spotted bass are being caught casting a jointed crankbait called “Mr. Lovely” to rocky points.

Lake Wylie: Good for blue catfish, with a monster 82-pounder caught in the past few days on a cut bait. A few largemouth at channel swings, creek mouths and points.

Mountain Island Lake : Fair for crappie around deep brush.

Cane Creek Park Lake: Fair for crappie on minnows around deep cover. The park has waived fishing fees until further notice.

Yadkin-Pee Dee River Lakes: Little activity, but those trying are catching a few crappie, especially around deep brush at Badin, Tillery and Blewett Falls on minnows and Kalin jigs.

Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory : Unchanged from a week ago. Good at James for smallmouth bass on shiners worked around points. A few crappie also are being caught at James. Fair for crappie at Rhodhiss. Generally slow at Hickory.

Fontana Lake : Very good for smallmouth and spotted bass. They’re hitting around the points, taking Alabama rigs. A few largemouth also are being caught, but the walleye bite has slowed.

Lake Wateree : Good to very good for catfish around the deep breaks, creeks and/or flats. The fish are moving between the three, and anglers should change locations hourly until fish are found. Cut gizzard shad is the best bait.

Lake Thurmond: Fair for largemouth bass in pockets near deep water and around steep rocky banks.

Lake Murray: Generally slow.

Santee Cooper Lakes : Bluegill around brush 30-45 feet deep on drop-shot rigs baited with crickets. Fair stripers 40-60 feet deep at the lower end of Lake Moultrie on live baits, jigging spoons and trolled lures.

Lake Hartwell : Slow.

Lake Keowee: Continuing fair for largemouth and spotted bass 50-70 feet down on drop-shot rigs.

Lake Jocassee : Fair for trout 80-100 feet deep on slow-trolled Apex spoons.

Outer Banks : Nags Head area: Little activity except a few black drum in the surf; Oregon Inlet: No activity because of high winds; Hatteras Island: Little offshore activity because of high winds and rough seas, but black drum when parties can get offshore. A few puppy drum in the surf at Frisco; Ocracoke Island: No report; Morehead City area: Little activity because of rough seas churned by winds to 50 mph.

Southeast Coast : Little activity reported.

S.C. Coast: Little River area: A few small croaker and whiting; Grand Strand area: Some black drum, black seabass and red drum at the near-shore artificial reefs; Charleston area: Little activity; Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Little activity.

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