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Smith Mountain Lake November Fishing Report – by Captain Dale Wilson



November 2012
PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950

Captain Dale Wilson with 2 of 7 Smallmouth bass caught Sunday 10/28/12 while fishing with his son Chris Wilson from Apex,NC. 

OVERVIEW: During the month of November fish will be caught in various depths of water and various areas of the lake. Water temperature will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Early morning, late afternoon and after dark will be the best times to try your luck.

Largemouth Bass-Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be plastic worms, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, football head jigs and crank baits. Most largemouth bass will be caught around rocky shorelines, stumps, shallow brush piles and docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 25 feet deep. Cloudy days will be the best time to fish this month.

Smallmouth Bass- Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocky banks, humps and long flats. Best lures will be crawfish colored crank baits, tube lures, drop shot rigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Cloudy days will be the best time to try your luck. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended near bait fish.

Striped Bass- Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid to upper sections of the lake and the end of the major creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails, rattle traps, thunder sticks and Zoom flukes fished with 1/4 to 3/8 oz. jig heads. Casting will be a good method to catch stripers this month. Live bait and trolling will also be productive. The best depths will be from the surface to 40 feet deep. Best time to try your luck will be early mornings & late afternoons. Night fishing should improve this month. Schools of stripers will surface this month.

Crappie-Fishing for crappie will be good. They will be found 5 to 15 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around deep docks, fallen trees, and brush piles in the mid to upper sections of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½ inch tubes fished on 1/16 to 1/8 oz. lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month.

Tip of the month: Try fishing after dark on the warm nights. Clear water and bright sunny days will make most species of fish feed after dark. Keep your running lights on when fishing after dark. Take a kid fishing.

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