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Fishing Reports and Forecasts for Lake Norman July10, 2010

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Striper fishing on the lower lake has slowed considerably. During daylight, fishing in the early morning for bass, catfish, and perch is your best bet. I focus on long points and shoals in the main river channel from Governor's Island to the Cowans Ford Dam. I use an assortment of live bait and shallow running lures for the early bite, and fish deeper as the day brightens. Brief surface feeding by spotted bass and white perch continues sporadically until about 9am so be ready with smallish topwater lures like Rapalas, PopR's, rattlers, bucktails, etc. One exception to the deeper action after the day brightens is to fish cut bait on offshore shallow humps in this stretch for big catfish.

The major creeks around the lake are prime locations for white perch. You can spot them with your sonar in 20-50 feet of water, usually in the main creek channel. They can be caught on small jigs and sabiki rigs, and small live baits. Try tipping your lures with pieces of baitfish or worms to improve the bite. Anytime you locate good schools of bait or perch in the creeks, try a combination of live and cut baits fished slowly near the bottom and lower half of the water column for large catfish.

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