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Friday, October 05, 2012

October fishing report

Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson.

OVERVIEW: October usually is a great month to fish. When the water temperature begins to fall, most species will actively feed as they prepare for winter. Water temperatures will be in the 70s. Early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days will be the best times.

Largemouth bass: Fishing will be good. Best lures will be plastic worms, surface lures, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, football-head jigs and crank baits. Most largemouth bass will be caught near humps, ledges, rocky shorelines and brush piles near water. Docks also will be productive. Best depths will be from the surface to 15 feet. Top-water fishing should be good.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocky banks, humps and the back of coves. Best lures will be crawfish-colored crank baits, top-water lures, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to lower sections of the lake. Cloudy days will be the best time. 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 3/8- to 1/2- oz. jig heads. Vertical jigging and casting will be good ways to catch stripers. Live bait and trolling also will be productive. The best depths will be from the surface to 40 feet. Best time will be early mornings and late afternoons. Schools of stripers will surface this month.

Crappie: Fishing will be good. Crappie will be found 5 to 15 feet deep. 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: Try fishing areas that hold the most baitfish. Don't forget that most species of fish also feed on crawfish in the fall. Keep your running lights on when fishing after dark.

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