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  • Lake Norman July-August 2011

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    Mid-summer pattern continues. Water temps in hi 80F range, sometimes over 90F. Best bet is jigging white perch in 30-50ft water in coves and flood plains adjacent to the main river channel on the lower end of the lake. 1/2 - 1oz jigging spoons fished with sabiki rigs are very effective, & will catch perch, bass, cats & stripers. Live perch on carolina rigs fished below the perch schools are deadly on flatheads, & catch the occasional striper, spot or largemouth too. Nice largemouth can be taken around deep docks with soft plastics, and spots can be caught trolling or throwing deep running crank baits around humps, shoals, and points. Night fishing with lights near the Cowans Ford Dam for cats, perch & stripers will remain good for several more weeks.
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