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Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson
Courtesy of Capt. Dale Wilson
Lucas Sullivan from Bedford, a Roanoke College student, shows off two of the 14 stripers he caught on Aug. 16 while fishing with Capt. Dale Wilson.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Overview: Fishing will be good. The cooler weather and decrease in boat traffic will make for better fishing. The majority of the lake is clear, and the water temperature will be in the 70s.
Largemouth Bass: Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be shaky heads, deep-diving crank baits, Texas-rigged plastic worms and jigs. Most largemouth bass will start to move to their fall habitats. Best depths will be from the surface to 15 feet . Best areas will be ledges, points, docks and brush piles. Early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days will be the best time to fish . Some bass will feed on top water. Shad will start moving to the creeks later this month.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be ledges, long points and humps. Best lures will be top-water lures, tube lures, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to lower sections of the lake. Early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days will be the best time to try your luck.
Striped bass: Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid- to lower sections of the lake. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails, and Zoom flukes fished with 3⁄8- to 3⁄4-oz. jig heads during the day. Vertical jigging will be a good method. Live bait and trolling also will be productive . The best depth should be from the surface to 80 feet . Best time to try your luck will be early morning, cloudy days and late afternoon.
Crappie: Fishing will be fair. Crappie will be found 10 to 20 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 1⁄8- 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-lb. test) will help you catch more crappie.
Tip of the month: Find the shade and you will be able to locate and catch more fish this month. Most bait fish will start to migrate back into the main creeks and up the main rivers. Be sure to leave your running lights on after dark and wear your life jacket.
Weather JournalPossible scrape with snow Tues