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.
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.