Fishing has been good this past week. Patience and persistence is sometimes necessary, along with an understanding of what fish are doing during this season of the year. The better baits for bass are normally rattling crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic lizards and creature baits. Topwater jerk baits are coming into their own as the water temperatures rise.

Striper fishermen are catching fish on live shad and bucktails cast up on the bank in the upper end of the lake, near Kerr Dam.

Catfish action is good for anglers fishing live shad on or near the bottom.

Largemouth bass action is good for anglers fishing the spawning beds. Topwater lures, crankbaits and swimbaits are accounting for a few good fish in the back ends of main lake coves. Creature baits and soft stick baits are taking bass from the walkways at the rear of boat docks.