I caught this 6 pounder on a popper the other night. They've been hitting them very well near sea walls in 2 - 5 foot water in low light.
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The average size of Lake Lure's white bass has grown year after year. For tonight's trip, we did not catch any under 13 inches with the largest at 17 inches and an average size of 15 inches. We pulled in a bunch. Here is Rebecca holding the 17 incher. The Bagley balsa shad in shad color was again the lure of choice.
I took out Peyton and his family for their once a year fishing trip. As usual, Peyton connected with many fish including this monster largemouth. Way to go Peyton!
The fish were scattered this weekend. Crappie are holding on the deep edges of large trees and dropoffs. White bass are scattered in many locations feeding in smaller size groups than usual. This means it is easier to find the fish but less of a bonanza when you do. Ryan caught this hefy white bass shortly before dark.
While catching white bass, we had a few very large crappie hit our balsa shads while trolling. Many of the crappie are in transition from their spring shallows. On Lake Lure they will follow the bait schools to capitalize on leftovers when the white bass bust up the bait and scatter the bait from their schools. You'd be surprised how open-water oriented many of them can be. Here is a hefty specimen that Jack caught last night.
I love the Bagley Balsa Shad. Les and Alyssa caught a bunch of nice white bass this morning using this lure trolled in 12 to 20 foot water. The white bass were in tight schools staging for their spawns. Every time we went over the school, this lure got slammed. We trolled some other crankbaits as well that didn't get bit nearly as often. What makes the Bagley Balsa Shad catch so many fish is its detailed design. From gill plates to every individual scale down its side, these lures have the detail to catch more fish.
I took out a fun group last night and this morning. They had a great time competing with each other for most fish. Becky's team caught the most fish last night, but Jim's team was tops today. As for the biggest fish, you be the judge. Was it Becky or Jim's?
It was quite the morning for Owen and his family as the big pigs were feeding. This 3 pound rainbow trout jumped on Owen's Lure mid morning. Owen, Barbara, Randy and Julie caught 13 fish including rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and white bass. Almost all the fish were in the 2 - 3 pound range. We trolled crankbaits including The Bagley Balsa Shad. The fishlove these lures trolled or casted at 3 mph when the fish are feeding on shad in 10 - 20 foot water.
Stripers, Crappie, Largemouth, and more Stripers. You gota love spring fishing. We connected on three nice stripers on Lake Lanier last night. Here is the best one at 18 pounds 35 inches. The strike was epic as this monster slammed a gizzard shad free lined only ten feet behind the boat. After many heart-stopping runs, I finally subdued him.
With the big warmup here in the South and pollen raining down on us, the crappie have awoken. My buddy and I went out on Lake Lanier this weekend and caught quite a few. We threw live minnows under bobbers near the deep laydowns and pitched white jigs under docks. It's fun fishing. Here is our last specimen of the day. Rain fell most of the day then cleared late.
It's been cold and wintery, but warmer days are coming. I went out with some friends on Lake Lanier this weekend, and Kyle caught this 22 pound striper. We also had some close calls with a few other stripers and caught some nice spotted bass. It's that time of year when I get ready for customers on Lake Lure. I start taking people out with my first trips set for March 26. Let's get to fishing!
My buddy and I went out on Lake Burton this weekend and hammered the spotted bass in the rain. Here are a 20 inch and a 19 inch spotted bass.
My family and I continue to catch fish over the winter months.
Scott caught this 3 pound white bass today on 4 pound line. Notice all the bait in the mouth of fish# 2.
As a crisp cold front sent the leaves into all kinds of colors today, the largemouth held around dock edges throughout daylight. Shortly before dark, they started schooling after baitfish. We caught largemouth and a few white bass this afternoon. Darlene caught this nice one on a number 7 gold and red shad rap. Nice job Darlene!
I got to hand it to Dave, Gerald, and Rusty this morning. They would not be denied a fishing trip due to terrential rain that has plagued Lake Lure for the last few days. They were rewarded with some largemouth bass, white bass, and this 3 pound smallmouth bass. Way to go guys!
The white bass continue to feed as the temperature cool. This guy bit a spoon.
White bass are still king and responded well to the troll this weekend. Adom caught this hefty girl trolling the edge of a cove.
As usual, the fishing is tough in August. When scouting on one night, the largemouth bite was nonexistant. I did find some medium size white bass by trolling. The next night with clients, the white bass were not hitting at all. However, the largemouth bite was on. The fish are well fed in August and unpredicatable. You've got to move around and be willing to switch patterns or even your target fish.
Despite the fishing slowing down over the last week as the water temperature hits its peak, Eric caught this very nice white bass on a perch-colored shad rap. Eric did well to carefully play this fish in and prevent it from breaking his light line. Great job Eric!