Fishing improved last week, even with the water temperature in the low 50s. As the water warms, fishing will only get better, and more baits will work. Bass fishing with the Bama rig is the way to go now, although crankbaits and spinnerbaits will also work. Many bass have begun moving shallow, and the females are full of eggs. Last weekend, throwing the Bama rig in 4 to 8 feet of water netted several nice fish, including one weighing about 5 pounds.
White bass have arrived in small numbers on Norfork Lake from the Stump Hole north and will continue to increase in numbers as the water warms. Swimming minnows, rooster tails and sliders are some of the preferred baits, along with live minnows. Quite a few crappie have been caught mixed in with the white bass. Walleye are biting live minnows (slicks) and jerkbaits, especially around dusk.
Look for white bass to be near Theodosia as the water warms.
We have night crawlers by the hundred and live crappie minnows. We are loaded with spinning reels and rods and have some for every budget. This week all jerkbaits are 25 percent off, and this sale will run through March 24. Stop in and see our new drop-shot baits or get the latest news on what’s biting and where.

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