Carters Lake Fishing Report 02.13.12

Submitted by Lake & Stream Guide Service

Submitted on 02/13/2012

Carters Lake - 

50-54 deg.
clarity 4-7 feet
level full winter pool
STRIPERS -The warm temps and steady rains have kept the fish feeding and also kept the shad from dying. Last year about this time we had freezing temps and snow and an awful shad kill.The pattern hasn't changed much on the linesides. They are still scattered out pretty good and feeding mostly in the morning and evening just at dark.  We are still pulling flat lines and planner boards with live gizzard shad and live trout up shallow early in the morning . Most of the fish we have caught this month have been either out in front of the dam or with in sight of the Doll Mtn boat ramp. When pulling baits early I like to keep the planners about 30 feet off the side of the boat and about 40 feet back. I put the flat lines out the back about 75 - 100 feet. Slow trolling about 1mph seems to be the speed the want the baits at.After the mid day point  look for large schools of bait in the river mouth between Doll Mtn and worley creek. There are always stripers and hybrids in the area when the bait gets schooled up here .Down line small trout or small gizzards about 50-60 feet with at least an once of weight and try to stay right over the bait schools. Evening bite if you can stand the cold has been good because the winds tends to stop blowing for a bit . Look for the schools of bait on the lower end of the lake and try both down and flat lines . This is also a good time to throw some artificials any sub surface jerk bait or hard swim bait in a herring color. The area around the dam ramp and the shallow flat directly out from it have been good places to start . 
Spotted bass - Wow what a month for spots it has been on carters lake. BIG spots from 5-6 lbs are being caught daily. The bigger fish that we are catching are coming in 15-25 feet of water and are located by some sort of structure. Weather this be a boat ramp,rock piles or sunken trees/fish attractors. Our best bite for the spots has been from 10 am till 4 pm . They are not real picky about what they are eating and we have caught them on every thing from 1/4 oz jigging spoons to 10 in rainbow trout. Good thing is where there is one there is many so don't leave if the bite slows down search the area and there will be more fish there for sure! 
Crappie- Usually we dont start crappie trips til March but we did a couple in the past week and have a few more planned. The bite has been really good not just for numbers but some good size fish as well. Live minnows on a simple split shot and bobber rig as well as small jig heads tipped with mnnows work very well on Carters this time of year.When looking for crappie i like to start in the Ridgeway area and work my way down lake. I target sunken brush  sometimes they are on the fresh fallen trees and sometimes they are on the older stuff , try adjusting the bobber depth till you find where they are eating best the cover entire area around the structure.