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Default North Carolina Freshwater report

Feb. 16, 2006 Tom Higgins Charlotte observer
Freshwater fishing hasn't been very productive the past few days. However, warmer weather could stir species like crappie and largemouth bass into striking.

The Report
LAKE NORMAN: Stripers in major creek arms on live baits. A few crappie on minnows fished around cover 20 feet and deeper.
LAKE WYLIE: Crappie on minnows fished around docks in deep water. Largemouth on large spinnerbaits, crankbaits around deep points, ledges.
LAKES BADIN, TILLERY, BLEWETT FALLS: Crappie on minnows. Increasing numbers of largemouth on long-shafted spinnerbaits.
HIGH ROCK LAKE: Crappie up to 11/2 pounds on minnows.
5. LAKE HICKORY: Scattered crappie on minnows. Stripers uplake toward Rhodhiss Dam on live baits, mainly shad.
LAKE JAMES: Scattered smallmouth bass on shiners worked around points. Some walleye on spoons jigged near dam on Catawba arm.
FONTANA LAKE: Some smallmouth on crankbaits, shiners worked around points.
LAKE WATEREE: Stripers on shiners fished 14 feet down in 20-30 feet of water. Crappie in creek channels on trolled jigs, grubs, minnows. Scattered largemouth on artificial worms, crankbaits.
LAKE HARTWELL: Stripers, hybrids on drift-fished live herring. Some largemouth on lures worked along shoreline. Scattered crappie on minnows fished around brush 10 feet deep. Catfish on traditional baits.
LAKE JOCASSEE: Trout on spoons trolled from surface down to 60 feet. Also, trout on minnows drift-fished 30-40 feet down.
LAKE KEOWEE: Largemouth on artificial worms, jigging spoons worked 25-40 feet deep. Crappie 10-15 feet down on minnows fished around brush, bridge pilings.
LAKE MURRAY: Stripers on free-lined live baits worked near shore. Largemouth on shallow-running crankbaits in backs of coves. Crappie on minnows around bridge pilings, brush piles.
LAKE THURMOND: Stripers on spoons, large plugs like Roadrunners. Also on shiners. Crappie around bridge pilings, brushy cover on minnows.
SANTEE-COOPER RESERVOIR: Lake Marion - Scattered stripers on small herring, bucktails cast to schools. Catfish on cut shad. Lake Moultrie - Stripers on a variety of trolled lures. Largemouth on artificial worms, spinnerbaits. Catfish 25-30 feet deep on cut bait. Crappie around man-made fish attractors on small Beetlespin lures, minnows.
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