October fishing report

Tim Machnair of Pennsylvania shows off a largemouth bass he recently caught while fishing with Capt. Dale Wilson.

Fishing should improve in the next few weeks. Water temperature has continued to be high. Most species of fish will become more active as the water temperature cools.

Look for striper fishing to continue to improve. Water temperature will be in the 70s. The baitfish will start to move to the creeks and to shallow water later this month.

Largemouth bass: Fishing will improve. Best lures will be drop shot rigs, crank baits, shaky heads, Ned rigs, spinner baits, Carolina rigs, plastic worms and top water lures. Most largemouth bass will be caught on points, rock piles, brush piles and docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 20 feet. Points, rocks, stumps and brush are key factors to finding bass this month. Practice catch and release and get the bass back into the water 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, drop shot rigs, top water and Carolina rigs. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended around schools of shad. Smallmouth bass will feed on crawfish later this month. Cloudy days are good times to try. Light line will increase the chances to catch smallmouth bass. Night fishing will be fair.

Striped bass: Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in the lower to middle sections of the lake and in larger creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, top water lures, jigging spoons and Zoom flukes fished on 3/8- to 3/4- ounce lead heads. The best depths will be from near the surface to 80 feet.

Vertical jigging is one of the best methods to catch stripers this month. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Fishing at night will be fair this month. Some schools of stripers will surface in the early morning and late afternoon this month. Live bait fished on planer boards and down lines are also good methods this month.

Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be good this month. They will be found at depths of 10 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 crappie this month.

Tips of the month: Above average water temperatures will cause the fish to slow their feeding. Fishing during the early morning, late afternoon and at night are usually the best times. 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.