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Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson
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David Owens of Huddleston shows off a citation 37-inch, 18-pound striper caught Feb. 8 in the mid-section of the Roanoke River.
Friday, March 1, 2013
OVERVIEW: March brings many changes to fishing. Most species of fish will start to feed more this month in preparation for the spawning season. Water temperature and the location of shad will be keys to having success. Water temperature will be in the 50s to low 60s later on in the month.
Largemouth bass: Fishing will be good. Best lures will be A-rigs, jerk baits, spoons, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, and football-head jigs. Most largemouth bass will be caught around rocky shorelines, secondary points, shallow brush piles, stumps and docks. Best depths will be from the 1 to 25 feet. Windy days with abundant sunshine will be the best time to fish. Shad and wind will be the keys to catching bass this month.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocky banks, ledges and main-channel points. Best lures will be floating-fly rigs, A-rigs, crawfish-colored crank baits, tube lures, drop-shot rigs, jerk baits and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to lower sections of the lake. Cloudy, windy days will be the best time to try your luck. Smallmouth will suspend under schools of shad and also feed on crawfish.
Striped bass: Fishing should be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid- to upper sections of the lake and the major creeks. Best lures will be A-rigs, swim baits, buck tails, jerk baits and Zoom flukes fished with 3/8- to 1/2-oz. jig heads. Live bait and trolling also will be helpful. The best depth should be from the surface to 45 feet. Best time to try your luck will be early mornings, late afternoons and after dark. The seagulls will still be active early this month. The colored water from the recent heavy rains should make fish feed in shallow water.
Crappie: Fishing will be good. They will be found 5 to 15 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees and brush piles in the mid- to upper sections of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½-inch tubes and twister tail grubs fished on 1/16- to 1/8-oz. lead heads will work best. Small Gulp minnows also work well when fished on small lead heads or drop-shot rigs.
Tip of the month: Stained water will make for better fishing. Look for bait fish. Try fishing wind-blown coves.
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