Judging by the pattern information in BassGold.com, April is a great time to be fishing Lake Norman. Big fish should be shallow and plentiful, and weights should be big.
Before looking at what a Norman "Pattern Report" for April shows, first bear in mind a few things:
Taken together, the Macro Factors and Habitat Factors graphs show that past tournaments around this period of time are all about the spawn. Main lake pockets, shoreline, docks and spawning beds – that says it all.
The Baits graph also tells an interesting story. The wide variety of baits is a clue that April tournaments are in and around the spawn, but the real story is what has worked best.
The dominance of worms – including Senko-type baits and trick worms – probably isn't a surprise, but the fact that the second most cited bait in wins is an old-school spinnerbait might be. Swimbaits likewise factor big, but more in high finishes than wins. Same for jigs.
The bottom line is you can catch 'em many ways, and they should be big – an ideal scenario.
When it comes to weights, the BassGold graphs show that anglers have needed in the mid to high teens per day to win and the low teens to place in the top five. The story not told is that a lot of those are spotted bass – big ones.
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