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NC
United States
35° 30' 1.3284" N, 80° 55' 31.0548" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Jerry's Fishing Guide Service - Jerry Neeley
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Fishing Report
November 14, 2014

There is an excellent Catfish bite on Lake Norman right now. Crappie are fishing well. Bass fishing is ok right now but the other two species are taking the show this week.                                                                                                                         

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Fishing Report Provided by Fishin' With Gus - Gus Gustafson
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November 7, 2014

Lake Norman anglers will experience some of the best fishing of the fall season during the cool weather and clear skies of November. Sixty degree water temperatures have already caused a feeding binge among bass, crappie and hybrids. That trend should continue throughout the month.Anglers looking for spotted bass should find plenty of them on the edges of channel points where shaky-heads and Carolina rigged soft plastics will be the baits of choice. Those who get an early start should have a top water lure rigged and ready to throw in case a school of hungry spots are seen chasing baitfish to the surface. Fishermen targeting largemouth will find the bigger ones under docks and piers, where they can be caught by skip-casting soft plastics. The larger fish seem to hold in the toughest places to cast, so hang-ups are inevitable. When they aren’t feeding around wooden structures, try fishing submerged brush piles and downed trees.Hybrid striped bass, introduced in recent years, are gaining quite a following, particularly now that some have grown to twenty inches or more. The easiest way to locate them is to watch the water for surface feeding activity, and cast your favorite lure in their direction. Live baits, spoons and jigs fished vertically are also productive methods to fish for them, but aren’t quite as exciting as casting to breaking fish.Crappies have always been a fisherman’s favorite this month. November, particularly for those who enjoy eating their catch. This fall’s stock seems to be larger than last years’ with many exceeding fifteen inches in length. While submerged brush piles are the most popular places to catch “slab crappie”, boat houses, covered docks and bridges make a great second choice. Look for crappies in ten to twenty feet of water, or even shallower, as water temperatures move into the fifties. Crappie minnows are the baits of choice tangled around submerged brush piles, while colorful jigs work best when pitched under docks.

Tips from Capt. Gus:

Anglers who wish to enjoy a day’s fishing on the lake with no particular species in mind will catch a mixed bag by drifting live minnows and worms in one of Lake Norman’s many shallow coves. To be on the safe side, in case a big catfish or bass hits, bring a landing net to help flip your prize into the boat.

Lake Norman Monster

Hot Spots of the Week:

Lots of white perch are in the river channel between Long Island Marina and marker 24 and in Reed Creek between Marker D7 and D9. Hybrid striped bass are hitting surface lures at daylight in Mountain Creek and along the river channel in front of, and just north of the Marshall Steam Station. Best bets for spotted bass are river points and submerged islands.Lake Norman is mostly clear with surface water temperatures mainly in the high sixties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 2.2’ below full pond on Lake Norman and 2.8' below full on Mountain Island Lake.

Unusual Sighting

Two white pelicans were seen flying south near Marker M1 last week. More than likely, they were headed to the Florida Everglades or a Gulf Coast destination for winter.

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