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Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson
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Capt. Dale Wilson stands with a 27-inch largemouth bass caught and released April 19 while fishing with Mike Wilcox of Rhode Island.
Friday, May 3, 2013
OVERVIEW: The spring fishing continues to fluctuate because of inconsistent weather conditions. Most species of fish will spawn this month. Water temperature is about 10 days behind what it was last year. Water temperatures will be in the 60s.
Largemouth bass: Fishing will be good. Best lures will be senkos, top-water lures, shaky heads, swim baits, tubes and jigs. Most largemouth bass will be caught around flats, secondary points, shallow pockets, stumps and docks. Best depths will be from 1 to 10 feet. Windy days with abundant sunshine will be the best time to fish this month. Shad will start coming to the shoreline late at night this month. Night fishing will improve as the water temperature rises and the shad start to spawn.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocky banks, flats and secondary points. Best lures will be small crawfish-colored crank baits, tube lures, drop-shot rigs, senkos and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to lower sections of the lake. Cloudy, breezy days will be the best time to try your luck. Smallmouth will spawn deeper than the largemouth later this month. They will also feed at night when the shad come to the shoreline.
Striped bass: Fishing should be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the upper sections of the lake and in the major creeks. Stripers also will be found in the dam area. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails, and Zoom flukes fished with ¼- to 3⁄ 8-oz. jig heads during the day. Night lures that work best are wake baits, Thunder sticks, Red-fins and swim baits. Live bait and trolling will also be productive. The best depth should be from the surface to 30 feet. Best time to try your luck will be after dark.
Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be good. They will be found 2 to 10 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, stumps 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⁄ 32- to 1⁄ 16‑oz. lead heads will work best. Small gulp minnows also work well when fished on small lead heads or drop-shot rigs. Light line (4-pound test) will help you catch more crappie.
Tip of the month: Try using lighter-test fluorocarbon line as the water clarity improves. Please practice catch-and-release during spawning season. Keep your running lights on when fishing after dark. Take a kid fishing.
You can reach Capt. Dale Wilson at 297-5650 or 874-4950 or by visiting www.captaindalewilson.com.
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