Friday, September 07, 2012

September fishing report

Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson.

Capt. Dale Wilson

OVERVIEW: Striper fishing has been good; bass fishing has been slow. Water temperature will be in the upper 70s to low 80s. Early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days will be the best times to try your luck.

Largemouth bass: Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be large plastic worms, surface lures, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, football-head jigs and deep-diving crank baits. Most largemouth bass will be caught near humps, ledges and brush piles around deep water. Docks will also be productive. Best depths will be from the surface to 20 feet. Night fishing will be fair. Top-water fishing will be good later this month.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be on ledges, deep rocky banks, humps and long flats. Best lures will be deep-diving crank baits, top-water lures, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake. Cloudy days will be the best time to try your luck. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended near bait fish.

Striped bass: Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid-sections of the lake. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails and Zoom flukes fished with 1/2- to 3/4-oz. jig heads. Vertical jigging will be a good way to catch stripers this month. Live bait and trolling will also be productive. The best depths will be from 20 to 80 feet. Best times will be early mornings and late afternoons. Some schools of stripers will surface this month.

Crappie: Fishing will be fair. They will be found 10 to 20 feet deep. The best areas will be in the main creeks around deep docks, fallen trees and brush piles in the mid- to upper sections of the lake. Small live minnows and1 1/2-inch tubes fished on 1/16- to 1/8-oz. lead heads will work best.

TIP OF THE MONTH: September is a transition month. Try to locate areas with the most bait fish, and fish shallow and deep water. Keep your running lights on when fishing after dark. Take a kid fishing.

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