November 15, 2011 at 7:59pm
With water temps in the low 60 to high 50F range, fishing has been very good to excellent at both resevoirs. At Norman, mixed bags of spotted bass, perch, stripers & hybrids are being taken on live bait and jigs in 25-40 ft of water, in major creeks and big coves off of the main channel. The fish are keying on small shad & herring newly hatched this summer. At Hickory, stripers are feeding on herring in the main river channel from the Hwy 127 bridge south. The bite is fairly close to the surface at dawn & dusk, and deep down to 50 ft. when the sky is bright.