|Bass spawn producing plenty of big fish at Saluda Lake
898 Views - Posted: April 11 at 5:31 am
South Carolina’s oldest lake, Saluda Lake on the Greenville County/Pickens County border, may also be its best kept secret when it comes to trophy bass fishing, and a late spawn that’s just cranking up may be one of the reasons.
|It’s March bass madness
110 Views - Posted: March 28 at 9:00 am
I look forward to March like no other month on the calendar, and it has very little to do with college basketball tournaments. As a bass fisherman, it’s the month I wait for all year, because here in South Carolina, it’s the best time of the year to catch a big fish. You can catch the fish of your lifetime almost any time during March.
First off, the fish are prespawn. A few fish will spawn in March on many of our lakes, but the biggest part of the spawn is the first two weeks of April. So for most of March, bass are in a prespawn mode; they’re the biggest they’re going to get all year, the water is warming up, and they’re feeding aggressively. It’s a great opportunity to catch a big fish, and I’ll have my big-fish baits tied on: a crankbait and a Mop Jig.
|Hungry bass schooling in Lake Wateree's shallows, guide says
638 Views - Posted: March 28 at 6:00 am
The bass fishing has turned red hot at Lake Wateree, and according to guide and pro fisherman Dearal Rodgers of Sumter, it’s likely to get even better.
98 Views - Posted: March 25 at 9:00 am
Bass fishermen are tying on a hot product from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Surprisingly, it isn’t a soft plastic like the ever-popular Senko. In fact, it’s a hard bait with an attitude.
|Go over to the dark side
99 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
For many anglers, night time is the right time for catching bass, and March is a great time to doing it in the dark on Wylie.
“Some fish are already shallow, and a lot of fish that are suspending on secondary points will come in and cruise the shallows at dusk, and they all seem to let their guard down a little bit once the sun goes down,” said Mike Stone, who fishes Lake Wylie more than a hundred days a year.
The lake is also less crowded at night, as most anglers prefer to leave while it’s still light out. Stone said they are missing out on some of the best fishing Wylie has to offer, and some of the best bass fishing —day or night — in the Carolinas.
|Riprap is big key at Wylie
95 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
The large rocks that line much of Lake Wylie’s shoreline are called riprap, and plenty of it is submerged below the surface. Marc Deschenes said this creates a food chain that anglers can take advantage of.
“Crayfish love to hide in the crevices, and algae grows along the rocks, attracting baitfish, which attract bigger fish,” said Deschenes, who targets bass around these rocks with a jig and crawdad chunk trailer. The trailer adds size to the jig, aids the lure’s buoyancy and helps it flutter slowly to the bottom like a real crawdad or injured fish would.
|High water is an angler’s friend
105 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
March is typically a rainy month, and as part of the Catawba River system, Lake Wylie gets local rain as well as rain and melting snow from the waterways well upstream, which means anglers will get to fish their share of high water this month.
For fishermen like Mike Stephens of Charlotte, that’s a blessing.
“When I fish Lake Wylie in March, I want it to be high water,” said Stephens, who won a Carolinas Bass Classic event on Wylie last March during a period of high water. “These bass have spawning on their minds, and a lot of them are shallow, just waiting for the right water temperature to spawn. Some are at different depths and random locations in or just outside of the creeks.
|March is ‘moving’ month
186 Views - Posted: March 14 at 9:00 am
March is a month when a lot of big things are happening on the Santee Cooper lakes. Some huge largemouth will be caught as they move to the shallows, the stripers begin their annual run up the lake and into the river, and crappie fishing gets into high gear. Of course, the catfish will bite, and some shellcrackers are usually taken late in the month.
Probably the biggest news for many will be the great largemouth fishing in the shallow waters of both lakes.
|Paddle up a lunker bass
155 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:00 am
With the announcement in January that the Bassmaster Classic will be returning to South Carolina in 2015, a lot of anglers are gearing up for bass fishing. If we could convince Casey Ashley, Marty Robinson, Andy Montgomery and Davy Hite to grow beards, we could paste their photos and likeness on a ton of Walmart merchandise and have our own Bass Dynasty.
In the ranks of the plastic armada, bass fishing is far from a new thing. One might venture to say that bass — whether largemouth, smallmouth or spotted — rank as the No. 1 target for paddling anglers, given the widespread availability of the species and its popularity.
|Wylie’s wandering whoppers - Learn how to fish both Marches for Lake Wylie bass
210 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Gastonia’s Mike Stone was casting a jerkbait across a point near Lake Wylie’s Buster Boyd Bridge; he gave the bait another twitch, let it settle, then a smile spread across his face as he set the hook and began to reel in a 3 1/2-pound bass.
“This month is, by far, my favorite month to catch bass on Lake Wylie. March is when the most fish, as well as the biggest fish, bite throughout the month,” Stone said. “But it’s a bit of a strange month and probably the biggest transition month of the year on this lake.
|Broad River bronzebacks putting on quite a show
1093 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:01 am
Water levels and temperatures have fluctuated greatly on the Broad River for the past few weeks, but the smallmouth bass are still biting, and adventurous anglers are having success reeling in good numbers of bronzebacks and some big ones, too.
|Time to tie on crankbaits
193 Views - Posted: February 28 at 9:00 am
Because of all the rain we’ve had across South Carolina early in the winter, February is lining up for the kind of late-winter fishing I really love. Most all of our lakes are higher, and the water has plenty of color.
That’s the perfect equation for some great cold-weather crankbait fishing.
I love to fish a crankbait this time of year. If the water is clear, I’ll fish a jerkbait, but stained water is most suited to a crankbait, because they can’t see it coming as far away. It’s right on them. You can catch a really big bass on a crankbait in February.
|You can’t beat crawfish
162 Views - Posted: February 25 at 9:00 am
A Louisiana bass fishing pro getting ready for his fifth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail said there’s no question about one of the artificial lures he’ll nearly always be throwing when the bass and the money are on the line in 2014.
“I mean, everybody pretty much knows it’s going to be a crawfish,” Dennis Tietje said.
Tietje had just returned from his deer-hunting camp during the holidays and obliged a question about one of the favorite artificial lures in his tacklebox, a confidence bait.
“I’m going to keep three baits on no matter what — a small crankbait (red KVD Square Bill), a (Strike King) Rage Craw and a small (Strike King) spinnerbait,” the angler from Roanoke said. “Even though I may not rely (full-time) on the soft plastic, I tend to throw some type of crawfish bait 60- to 70-percent of the time.”
|Big female bass ready to move shallow at Lake Marion
755 Views - Posted: February 14 at 10:55 am
Despite the recent icy, cold weather, the season for big largemouth bass is upon anglers at Lake Marion. Guide Chris Heinning said, ready or not, February produces big bass, and they were already on the move just before the latest ice storm.
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