July fishing report

John Jones with a striper caught while fishing with Capt. Dale Wilson.

Fishing has been fair so far this month. Water temperature has risen rapidly the past several weeks. Night fishing has been good the past few weeks. Most species of fish have spawned. Look for striper fishing to improve soon. Water temperature will be in the low to middle 80s.

Largemouth bass

Fishing will be good. Best lures will be Neko rigs, drop shot rigs, crank baits, shaky heads, Carolina rigs, large plastic worms and top water lures. Most largemouth bass will be caught on points, ledges, rock piles, brush piles and deep docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 25 feet. Largemouth bass will feed mainly at night. Points, rocks, stumps and brush are a key factor to finding bass. Release them quickly during hot months.

Smallmouth bass

Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocks, ledges, and main channel points. Best lures will be Ned rigs, hair jigs, top water lures and Carolina rigs. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower-sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass have spawned. Cloudy days are good times to try. Light line will increase the chances to catch them.

Striped bass

Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in the lower to mid-sections of the lake and in larger creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, top water lures and Zoom flukes fished on 1/2- to 3/4-ounce lead heads. The best depths will be from the surface to 60 feet. Vertical jigging is one of the best methods to catch stripers in the hot months. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Night fishing will be fair. Some schools of stripers will surface early morning. Live bait fished on planer boards and down lines are also good methods to try.

Crappie

Fishing for crappie will be poor. They will be found at 15 to 25 feet. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, stumps and brush piles in the mid- to upper parts of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½- to 2-inch tubes or shad-shaped plastic lures fished on 1/16- to 1/8-ounce lead heads will work best to catch them.

Tips of the month

Fishing during the early morning, late afternoon and night are usually the best times. Anglers looking for something different to fish should try white perch fishing. To avoid boat traffic and hot sun, try fishing at night. Wear a life jacket and never fish alone at night. Make sure running lights are on after dark. Remember to practice catch and release and take a kid fishing.