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Fishfinder by Dennis Doyle

Fish-finder ~ by Dennis Doyle   

Ten-year-old Dean Charlson, of
Marshall, N.C., shows a big perch he caught on the Rhode River with his grandfather July 24.

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December 18, 2014
    Rockfish season has ended, but other game fish will continue to bite all winter. Pickerel up in the tributaries and in our freshwater impoundments are the most reliable action this time of year. Throw small crank baits or spinner baits, especially the ­silver Mepps No. 4 with a squirrel-tail dressing). Bull minnows lip-hooked on a shad dart and fished under a weighted bobber will also get you some winter fishing fun. Crappie are also good this time of year though irregular and difficult to predict. Small minnows under a bobber and small chartreuse spinner baits will tempt these tasty fish. Fight them with a delicate hand, however; they’re not called paper-mouths without reason.

In Season

Snow geese: Dec. 15-Feb. 7
Whitetail and sika deer, muzzleloader: Dec. 20-Jan. 3
Ducks: Dec. thru Jan. 24
Canada geese, migratory: thru Feb. 4
Canada geese, resident: thru Mar. 10
Ruffed grouse: thru Jan. 31
Cottontail rabbit and squirrel: thru Feb. 28

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