April’s Polk County fishing reportPublished 10:22am Thursday, May 5, 2011
Hope you’ve been fishing, if not you need to get out there. Spring has sprung and the fish are biting.
The bass are spawning or are post spawn for the most part and are shallow and willing to bite.
Lake Adger bass fishing is as good this year as I can ever remember. There have been many largemouth caught over 5 lb. in the past months.
Reports of 5 lb. + fish have been coming in regular since last fall, many have been in the 6-8 lb range.
Although everybody has their “go to” baits, its hard to beat soft plastics now. Green pumpkin and watermelon colored baits are proven good if the water is relatively clear, and pumpkinseed/chartreuse for muddy water.
Texas rigged worms or trick worms fished floating worm style close to the banks are excellent ways to catch numbers and quantity.
The last report I got on the crappie wasn’t very good but that should change any day. The fish should’ve been biting good in the lay down trees by now. You gotta sort through the small ones to get a limit, but the tasty fillets are worth it.
The lake has a pretty good population of crappie but they are rather small for the most part.
And as my good friend J.D. says when you are crappie fishing, “if you aint getting hung up, you’re fishin’ in the wrong spot.”
Lake Lure is fishing good as well. The largemouth, smallmouth and white bass have been cooperating.
The black bass species have been biting soft plastics. Texas rigs and bubble gum colored (don’t you love the names they come up with for colors) floating worms have worked well.
The white bass have come back from their river run and are being caught trolling. Small grubs and spinners work well trolled.
Upcoming Column: I’d like to say thanks to all those that told or emailed me their black panther sightings since my last column. It amazes me just how many folks say they have seen a panther.
I plan on having part two of Polk County panthers in my next column. A “good” picture or video would go a long way in the debate of their existence here.
Rob McComas is a licensed North Carolina fishing guide on Lake Lure and Lake Jocassee in S.C. He has been a guide for 11 years and fishing for more than 30. McComas lives with his wife, Amanda, in Sunny View and runs Rob’s Guide Service. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.