from JOHN STILTNER
Cat fishing is excellent. We fished 3/27/14 and caught several 30-40 pounders in 4 hours. Try to avoid those d--n dangerous bass fisher boys as they will run full blast through your fishing gear. I hope the next time my noodle locks up their motor. I think their mad because they fish all day and catch nothing but a sore arm while we stock the freezer with yummy blue cats-best tasting fish ever.
from Will Patterson
Last Sunday, caught two slot fish 17"-18" bass off creek points in 6-8 ft with chatter bait, Lost one big fish at the boat on lipless crankbait. Bite is light so keep rod high. Water seems to be warming some but cold fronts and this winter weather need to get out of NC. All fish caught fat and healthy.
Largemouth and spotted bass on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits cast to slightly discolored shoreline water. Good for catfish 10-20 feet deep in the backs of coves on cut baits. Fair crappie on minnows worked around brush 30-40 feet deep. A variety of species continue to be caught at the Plant Marshall and the McGuire Nuclear Station hot holes on bloodworms.
Fair to good for crappie at the Riverbend Power Station “hot hole” on minnows. Largemouth around the points on deep-running crankbaits.
Continuing fair for largemouth and spotted bass on small crankbaits such as the No. 5 Shad Rap. Crappie on minnows worked either around brush 30-40 feet deep or in the Marshall and McGuire Nuclear Station hot holes. A surge of fresh water caused by recent heavy rains has turned off the catfish bite. The water level at Norman is slightly above “full pond” stage.
Continuing fair for crappie at the Riverbend Power Station “hot hole” on minnows. Largemouth around the points on deep-running crankbaits.
Largemouth and spotted bass along the banks on No. 5 Shad Rap lures. These species also are being found 40-45 feet deep around pods of small forage fish and are hitting jigging spoons. Crappie around deep brush on minnows. Catfish 10-30 feet deep in the coves and off the shoreline on cut baits. Some hybrids, the striper/white bass cross, in the 3-pound range are being boated.
Went fishing with my buddy Steve in our kayacks last Saturday (11/27/2012).
The weather was great, sunny and about mid 60's. Water temp was high 50's.
We fished for about 3 hours from 10:30 am to about 1:00 pm, and caught 4 bass 12 - 15 inch range, a few white perch and 1 chunky hybrid.