The striped bass bite on area lakes like Kerr and Gaston has been really good for a couple months now. However, Jordan lake has been muddy and high for sometime.
We have been on multiple trips to Gaston Lake over November and December and the fish have been cooperative on each outing. The trick has been to find a creek with clear enough water; a theme on area lakes this fall and early winter.
I’ve been having success trolling my leadcore setups in 15 to 35 feet of water; bucktails, bama-rigs, spoons and jerkbaits have all produced fish. And I have primarily used chartruese to combat stained waterways. Depth has changed throughout the day on my outings, but the fish have always been at least 15′ down, usually 20+.
These trips have produced lots of short fish, but they’re all full of strength at present and put up quite the tussle when fished on the troll. And of course, where there are shorts, if you stay in the area, a few good ones will surely show up if you’re dedicated.
We’ve taken a few home each time, which along with the vension in the game freezer, has kept the vaccuum sealer working for months now.
I also got a call from a good friend a couple weekends ago and they took me to Kerr Lake. The fishing there is on fire too. Most are either live-bait fishing or thumping. I can’t believe it works.
We boated 70 stripers alone the Saturday we went, along with catfish and lots of big perch, which we kept as well.
So if you can find intel about, or know where to find clearer water on your lake of choice, the bite is really heating up, and the fish are being found in large schools on both Kerr and Gaston right now. Just move along, if trolling, at a little under 2mph if possible. If not, find the schools and pound on them vertically.
Jordan Lake, unfortunately is stained and high, but crappie fishing has been really good the last few times we went. Stripers were few and far between and mostly short as well. Largemouth and crappie are taking vertical presentations with jigs and spoons, while striped bass and largemouth are also hitiing small crankbaits bounced off the bottom in 14′ to 20′ of water. Many crappie fisherman are long-lining jigs as well. And the rest are fishing minnows vertically around the bridges with good luck.
Get out there!
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