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Friday, February 04, 2011

February fishing report

Compiled by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson

John Jones of Vinton and Rich Hutchins of Huddleston show off a winter striper caught while fishing with Capt. Dale Wilson in January.

Courtesy of Capt. Dale Wilson

John Jones of Vinton and Rich Hutchins of Huddleston show off a winter striper caught while fishing with Capt. Dale Wilson in January.

OVERVIEW: Later this month fishing will improve as the water temperature rises. After a few days of warm weather, the baitfish will move into shallow water and most species of fish will start to feed after a long cold winter. Water temperature will be in the mid-30s to upper 40s.

Largemouth bass: Fishing will be good. Best lures will be jig & pig, swim baits, blade baits, football-head jigs, jerk baits and jigging spoons. Most will be caught near steep shorelines, deep docks, creek channels and secondary points. Best depths will be from 1 to 30 feet deep.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is fair. Best areas will be around humps, deep ledges and main channel points. Best lures will be jig & pig, swim baits, spoons and float-n-fly rigs. Best areas will be in the mid-to lower sections of the lake. Smallmouth will be suspended this month.

Striped bass: Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in various areas of the lake. The best areas will be in the larger creeks in the mid- to upper sections of both rivers. Best lures will be swim baits, Hopkins spoons, jerk baits and Zoom flukes fished on 38- to 34-oz. lead heads. Live bait will also be productive. The best depths will be from 15 to 45 feet. Night fishing will be fair later in the month.

Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be fair. They will be found 10 to 25 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around deep docks, fallen trees and brush piles in the upper parts of the lake. Small live minnows and 1½ inch tubes fished on 116- to 18-oz. lead heads will work best .

TIP OF THE MONTH: Don't overlook the shallow water areas when you are fishing this month. After a few warm days and mild nights, the baitfish will move to the shallows where the water is a few degrees warmer.

Capt. Dale Wilson: 297-5650 or 874-4950 www.captaindalewilson.com