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Lake Wylie Sponsored by
Date 20-May-17
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Conditions : Lake Wylie: Lake Wylie is at 98.0 percent of full pool, and surface temperatures are in the mid-70s. When the lake levels came up with recent rains the water got pretty stained, with the rivers downright dirty, but the lake is starting to settle out again.

It's a pretty a tough period for bass fishing on Lake Wylie, and guide and FLW Angler Bryan New (704-421-5868) says it's unclear when the bite will improve. While there are a very few straggler fish on beds the spawn is mostly finished, and fish are basically in a post-spawn/in-between pattern.

The fish are largely scattered between shallow and deep water, and in the shallows some fish can be caught on small topwater baits. The bait really doesn't seem to matter--it's more an issue of personal preference. Jigs fished around docks will also catch some bass, and the very tail end of the shad spawn is also providing a little action. In the stained water Chatterbaits and square-billed crankbaits are a good option.

For about three weeks now there have also been some fish out deep, and Bryan looks for this bite to get better as the water clears. Fish will be found in 15-32 feet of water off long tapering points, little points off the side of flats, and around other offshore structure. Carolina rigs, football jigs, swimbaits such as Keitech 4.8s, and crankbaits like a 6XD or DD-22 will all catch fish. Once the fish get out deep, early in the season is typically better for deep fish than after they have been pounded for months.

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About: - Lake Wylie, a 12,455-acre impoundment on the Catawba River in North and South Carolina. Lake Wylie is an excellent bream lake and is loaded with these fish. While the average size may not be as large as on some lakes that we'll discuss, the sheer numbers of good-sized fish present more than compensate.
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • White Perch
  • Crappie

Misc Info: -

Lake Murray Elevation



99' - Near Flood Stage
100' - Minor Flooding

105' - Moderate Flooding

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