Winter lake fishing has been fishing really well lately with the mild weather we are having thus far. Break out your sinking lines and take advantage of your local hatchery supported lakes in Western North Carolina for some great trout fishing. For more information on lakes to fish or guided trips call the shop and ask for Bill.
With periods of warm fronts beginning to move through the area it gives us hope that Spring is near. If you get a chance to head out to your local lake look for bass moving to their pre spawn staging areas. Water temps are starting to climb up into the mid 50′s so bass will begin staging on primary lake points as they begin their move to the spawning grounds. These areas are points that are close to the main channel of the lake or the mouth of a large cove. Points that have added structure are a bonus because fish will tend to migrate to these areas as they offer opportunities to ambush shad and bream that are staging for their spawn as well. Target the sides of the points that have the deepest drop offs. Theses areas allow for the bass to drop into deeper water if water temps begin to fluctuate due to the ever changing pressure systems that spring can bring. The most effective patterns are craw-fish jigs and firetiger crank baits that imitate the staging bream. If you are fishing in stained water always keep a spinner bait close by. As the water temps begin to warm up follow these bass to the secondary points of the lake until they reach the flats in the back of the coves and the mouth of the creeks. Here they will begin their spawn so give them a chance to spawn and then follow them back out to the deeper water where they will stage for the warm Summer months.
What a great way to get warmed up for Spring fishing! Starting February 1, 2011 through February 28, 2011 buy a 2 person half day guided trip on the DRO private water for the price of a 1 person half day. That’s a savings of over $100 and a great way to get back into the swing after a cold winter. This promotion is blog specific so you must notify that you want the blog promotion at the time of booking in order to receive your discount.
Kanuga Conference Center gets local recognition on News 13 for their annual flyfishing trip with Davidson River Outfitters. Over the past few years Kanuga has coordinated groups of 30 people from aroound the country to enjoy serenity and spirituality. To see the video see link below.
DRO Spokesman Walter Parrott has his clients displaying their trophy smallmouth for the camera. Warm temperatures and lack of rain have made the smallmouth bite as strong as ever. Walter has reported several fish being caught over 5 lbs on top water and various baitfish patterns.
If interested in more information on fly or spin smallmouth floats contact Walter Parrott and Walker@davidsonflyfishing.com