Capt. Dale Wilson

Capt. Dale Wilson shows off a citation smallmouth bass he caught last month.

Fishing should be good the next few weeks. Water temperature has been above normal. It will drop down to the 50s or low 60s later this month.

Most species of fish will become more active as the water temperature cools. Baitfish have started to move to the creeks and to shallow water. Striper fishing will continue to improve.

Largemouth bass

Fishing will improve. Best lures will be drop shot rigs, crank baits, shaky heads, spoons, spinner baits, Carolina rigs and plastic worms. Most largemouth bass will be caught on points, rock piles, brush piles and docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 25 feet. Bass will be caught in both deep and shallow waters. Points, rocks, stumps and brush are key factors to finding bass this month. Continue practicing catch and release.

Smallmouth bass

Fishing should be good. Best areas will be rocks, ledges, humps and main channel points. Best lures will be Ned rigs, hair jigs, drop shot rigs, crank baits and Carolina rigs. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake. Smallmouth bass will feed on crawfish this month. Cloudy days are good times to try. Light line will increase chances to catch smallmouth bass. Night fishing will be fair.

Striped bass

Fishing will be good. Stripers can be caught in the mid- to upper sections of the lake and in the larger creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, jigging spoons and Zoom flukes fished on 1/4- to 1/2-ounce lead heads. The best depths will be from near the surface to 60 feet. Vertical jigging is a good method to catch stripers this month. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Fishing at night will be fair. Some schools of stripers will surface early morning and late afternoon. Live bait fished on planer boards and down lines are also good methods.


Fishing for crappie will be good. They will be found at depths of 5 to 15 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 1½- to 2-inch tubes or shad-shaped plastic lures fished on 1/32- to 1/16-ounce lead heads will work best to catch them.

Tips of the month

Fishing can be tough this month. Warm water temps and clear water can make for slow fishing. Fishing during early morning, late afternoon and night are usually the best times. Make sure to 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.