Slow to fair. Lake Wylie bass fishing is still a little tough. Winning anglers are focusing on specific spots as there is not a strong bite all over the lake. With the extreme cold, fish should fully move into a winter pattern, and so look for bass to be in tight schools as water temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Bass will be grouped around channel swings, points and at the mouths of creeks, and deeper wind-blown docks should continue to be a factor. Bass are following bait schools, and wind is a critical factor in where the fish locate. Fishing grubs such as Yamamato single tail grubs behind a 1/4 or 3/16 ounce jighead, spoons and Alabama rigs will all produce, and if there is a shad kill then subtle jerkbaits, flukes and crankbaits with a tight wobble such as a No. 5 or No. 7 Shad Rap will all catch fish on a slow and erratic retrieve. As always in the winter on Lake Wylie, fish can be caught near the lower and upper hot holes using a variety of shallow water techniques.
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