On the Water: Warm weather makes up for slow fishing

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 08:02 PM

Well I didn’t catch the 11-pounder I was looking for last weekend at Shearon Harris Lake. Fishing was slow there for me on Sunday, but after catching no fish at all on Kerr Lake Saturday, I was happy to land the one small keeper I did bring in.

And while fishing was somewhat slow, the warm weather made for a beautiful weekend on the water.

Many anglers also found fishing tough both Saturday and Sunday last week. One exception was the team of Todd Massey and Brandon Gray, who beat out 93 other teams to take first place at Shearon Harris Saturday in the Boats Unlimited Team Tournament. They brought in five huge bass weighing a total of 27.02 pounds to split almost $4,000. The second-place team had less than half of the weight landed by Todd and Brandon.

Bass fishing was tough on Kerr Lake Saturday for many also. Jason Houchins and his dad brought in five bass weighing over 13 pounds to win the Buggs Island early bird tournament there, followed by Tyler Purcell and his partner, Dominique Beretta, who landed over 12 pounds.

As the weather warms, fishing conditions should improve for everyone if we can just get past this weekend’s deep freeze.

Kerr Lake fishing report – The blue cats are still biting. And bass should be hitting small crankbaits; try a shad-colored No. 5 shad rap along the sides of main lake points.

Upcoming area tournaments – None for next weekend that I have noted.

Next week’s report – Kerr Lake fishing report and results from Brandon Gray’s Bass Team Tournament Trail.

Tip of the week — Be sure to plan a striper fishing trip in the next few weeks to the Roanoke River at Weldon. The Wildlife Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest on March 1 through April 30.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time.

Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit. Many anglers will report catching over 100 fish per day during early to mid-April as the spawning run peaks.

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