Forecast for High Rock, Badin and Tuckertown

By: John Martin

March is finally here and those big bass are going to be moving to the bank. It’s the time of year when the fishing can go from tough to fantastic in a matter of hours as fish move up during the day from deeper water to feed and get ready to spawn. We had lots of rain in February and the lakes have some stained water and that will help the water temps rise quickly during the sunny days in March. A week of stable weather will really get things going on the Yadkin lakes this time of year.
Look for the bass to be in staging areas near spawning flats. Main lake and secondary points are good places to look. The depth will vary on how the fish will set up in an area but look for key areas in the 4 to 10 foot zone.
Bass can be caught on a variety of baits in March, here’s a list of our favorites.

TrueSouth Custom Lures Pulse Blade
TrueSouth Custom Lures Roller #5 willow
TrueSouth Lures Fathead Jig Black Brown Blue or Catawba Craw colors
Pro Shimmy Jig 1/2oz Phatback or Tarheel Shad colors

Rapala DT 6 Any craw colors or Hot mustard
Rapala #7 Shad rap crawdad

As the month progresses soft plastics will be a good choice as well, like the Bizz Baits Sassy stick, wacky rigged or Texas rigged.

Hard targets will hold fish in March like seawalls, docks, rocks and boat ramps near spawning areas. Also look for bigger fish to hold on the first drop off the banks especially when you are catching a lot of smaller fish up shallow. March is a time of changing conditions and weather so be ready to make adjustments quickly as the spawn approaches.
Get out and enjoy some time on the Yadkin chain and make some fishing memories. Be safe and good luck.

John Martin is the owner and operator of TrueSouth Custom Lures. Visit to see all of the best and new products available!