Friday, March 05, 2010

March fishing report

Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson


The water is finally starting to clear. Longer days are helping to slowly warm the water temperature. Water temperature should be in the 40s to low 50s by the end of March. Fishing will begin to improve rapidly.

  • Largemouth bass: Fishing is fair. Best lures will be jigs, jerk baits, lipless crank baits, swim baits and spinner baits. Best areas will be secondary points and flats near the creek channels. Try to find the warmest water with the most baitfish. Some large bass will start to move shallow this month.
  • Smallmouth bass: Fishing is fair. Most smallmouth bass are usually found near rocky main points and humps. This month when the water temperature reaches 45 degrees, use jerk baits, spinner baits and hair jigs.
  • Striped bass: Fishing is good. Stripers can be caught at various depths. The best areas will be from mid-lake upstream. The fish will start to show up in the larger creeks later this month. The stripers are always on the move. Finding the bait fish is very important this time of the year. Best lures have been swim baits and Zoom flukes fished on 3/8- to 1/2-oz. leadheads. Live bait will also be productive.
  • Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be good. They should start to move shallow later in the month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, brush and fallen trees. Early in the month, try depths of 10 to 15 feet, and late month, fish shallower as the water warms. Best lures will be small live minnows and 1 ½-inch tubes fished on small leadheads.

Fish will usually be more active after a few warm days and mild nights. The afternoons are usually the best time to try your luck. Use a slow retrieve until the water temperature warms.

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