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Friday, November 02, 2012

November fishing report

Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson.

Overview: This month, fish will be caught in various depths of water and in various areas of the lake. Water temperature will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Early morning, late afternoon and after dark will be the best times to try your luck.

Largemouth bass: Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be plastic worms, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, football-head jigs and crank baits. Most largemouth bass will be caught around rocky shorelines, stumps, shallow brush piles and docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 25 feet. Cloudy days will be the best time to fish this month.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocky banks, humps and long flats. Best lures will be crawfish-colored crank baits, tube lures, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake and best time will be cloudy days. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended near bait fish.

Striped bass: Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid- to upper sections of the lake and at the end of the major creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails, rattle traps, thunder sticks and Zoom flukes fished with 1/4- to 3/8-oz. jig heads. Casting will be a good method, and live bait and trolling will be productive to catch fish. The best depths will be from the surface to 40 feet. Best time to try your luck will be early mornings and late afternoons. Night fishing should improve this month. Schools of stripers will surface.

Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be good. They will be found 5 to 15 feet deep, and 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 and 1 1/2-inch tubes fished on 1/16- to 1/8-oz. lead heads will work best.

Tip of the month: Try fishing after dark on the warm nights. Clear water and bright sunny days will make most species of fish feed after dark. Keep your running lights on when fishing after dark. Take a kid fishing.

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