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AHQ INSIDER Lake Wylie (NC/SC) Winter Fishing Report – Updated December 14

  • by Jay

The newest Lake Wylie fishing report can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-wylie-ncsc-winter-2017-18-fishing-report/

December 14

Lake Wylie is at 97.1% of full pool, and water temperatures have dropped after the cold weather.  They range from about 47-54 degrees.

Bass fishing continues to slowly and steadily improve on Lake Wylie, and guide and FLW fisherman Bryan New (704-421-5868) reports that as temperatures have dropped in the last week and over the last couple of days better fish are being caught.  The bite is still not good, and while an 18-pound bag was weighed in recently the 13-pound second place sack in the same tournament is more representative of a good haul right now.

The pattern is still about the same, and while there are some shallower fish all of the bigger schools of bass are in 10 plus feet of water near bait schools.  Generally they are oriented to a creek or river channel, and looking for bait on your electronics is key to finding them. Alabama rigs, jerkbaits, some crankbaits and some jigs are catching fish.

A nice Catawba chain largemouth caught this week on Bryan New's boat
A nice Catawba chain largemouth caught this week on Bryan New’s boat

On the catfish front, Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that fish are still pretty scattered but sizes continue to improve.  Right now the best fish are being caught on deeper ledges in about 22-35 feet of water, and perhaps because it hasn’t gotten quite cold enough they are not catching any big fish actually down in the channel itself.

December 1

Lake Wylie is at 96.4% of full pool, and water temperatures have dropped into the high-50s.

Finally, bass fishing is definitely improving on Lake Wylie.  Guide and FLW fisherman Bryan New (704-421-5868) reports that even though the bite is not as far along as it should be at this time of year, numbers and sizes are both picking up as bait gets in the the areas where it is supposed to be in the fall.

Bryan is having the most success fishing in the creek channels or along the river channel, and while fish can be any depth from dirt shallow to really deep he is starting out looking in 10 feet of water or more.  The best baits have been jerkbaits, Alabama rigs, jigs and crankbaits, and there is still a bit of a topwater bite.  The key is being around bait in the right areas.  You can’t look for birds diving to tell you where to fish quite yet, but that is coming.

On the catfish front, Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that fish are still pretty scattered but they have been catching some nice fish up to the low-30s.  While fish can still be found in a broad range of depths, the 12-20 foot range has been the best recently.

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