Most bodies of water throughout the state are showing some morning ice as this is written. Check conditions before venturing forth. The colder weather and possible snow predicted for the weekend should drop water temperatures. Please wear layered clothing and WEAR YOUR PFD at all times while on the water.

Largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in 4-6 feet of water just inside the feeder creeks and shallow coves.

Slow-rolled spinnerbaits are also taking some large bass, particularly in clearer water, like that in Pea Hill Creek.

Crappie fishing is excellent.

Striper activity is centered on the creek mouths, and below the dam, in Roanoke Rapids Reservoir. The big fish are feeding on the schools of shad.

Follow the gulls for the best action.