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  • Lake Norman April 2009

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    Moderate water temperatures have delayed the main wave of the false striper spawn compared to recent years. Though the stripers we are catching are full of eggs and milt, I think the best is yet to come. The largemouth and spotted bass are also spawning, but again I think the main body of fish are still pre-spawn. I'm finding stripers & bass on main and secondary creek points, shallow early and late, and in 20-30 ft of water during the day. Areas adjacent to or in the creek channels near the backs of major creeks are also prime locations. Most of our fish are being taken on live herring and shad, though artificial crankbaits, bucktails, and jigging spoons have also been effective. I think the spring bite will continue into late May-early June if we don't get much hot weather before then.
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