Anglers looking to catch good numbers of catfish are having the most luck at night in Blewett Falls Lake while using live shad for bait. Throughout most of the lake, keeping the bait on the bottom is producing the most fish, but trolling can be effective in some areas.
“We’re catching flatheads and blues, all on live shad. The water is hot, so you want to check your bait often, and make sure to keep fresh, lively shad on your hooks,” said guide Robbie Burr of Lilesville.
Burr (704-695-2587) runs Pee Dee Fishing Adventures, and said cut bait isn’t worth using when the water temperature is as hot as it is right now. “You might catch a few flatheads on it, but live gizzard shad just can’t be beat,” he said. Typical Carolina-rigs are good to keep the bait on the bottom. “I’m anchored down and have my bait right on the bottom. That’s how I’m catching them now in the drop-offs and around main lake points,” said Burr.
“Just recently, small numbers of blues have started schooling in the shallow flats, and some guys are catching them by trolling. These fish are between 5 and 10 feet deep, and they will bite just enough to make it worth trying. This will begin working better in the coming weeks, but for now, it’s inconsistent, but it’s worth trying if the bottom rigs slow down,” said Burr.
Blues and flatheads are also biting good below the dam. “The water is low, so they haven’t been running much water at all,” said Burr. While some anglers believe that means the bite is off, Burr said it’s actually on, as long as you’re fishing in the right places. “You need to find the deep holes, and the best deep holes are the ones that are right up along the bank. You don’t want to fish in deep holes that come from long, gradual slopes. You want to find the banks that have deep holes right up against them,” he said.
With the water as warm and as still as it is, it’s actually easier to find the catfish, especially for anglers that put in enough time on the water to learn its characteristics. “Two main ingredients are all you need to find the fish under these conditions. They will be in the deepest holes that have the strongest current. If you’re fishing a deep hole that’s not producing, it’s likely because there is little or no current. Find the combination of those two things and you will catch fish,” Burr said.