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Hey Guys, I am headed to Jordan this Thursday (3/18/2015) for a few days to prefish for a tourney in early april.
I have done a good bit of research however I was hoping I could get some info on running this lake.

Is this lake easy to run on? Anything out of the norm I need to look out for? If so where abouts? I have heard near the Farrington launch that there is a bunch of submerged trees and you have to stay in between the markers to be safe???? If this is true are the markers well placed? Any info on running here would be appreciated.

Now on to the fishing stuff. Are you guys catching them? What is the water temp? I am not looking for anyones spots but all general info would be very helpful.

Thanks!!!!!
 

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the temp was at 50 on friday and is 47 today here is the link I use to keep an eye on the temp.
http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/bejrept.txt

Thursday will be my first day out on Jordan for this season I launch from the south ramp so I am not sure about any things to avoid up north. the only thing i notice is going threw the S curves heading north there is some shallow part that are marked.
 

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It is easy to run a boat at Jordan. Only place that should be a problem would be between Hwy #64 and Farrington. Just stay between the tree's.

As for the fishing part, I have not been in several days and last 2 times I did not do any good. But, if you find the back of a creek or near the back of a creek you should be close to some fish. White Oak, Beaver, Little Beaver should do.
 

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What tournament are you practicing for? Fishing was tough there 2 weekends ago. Heard it was better this past weekend, a 32 lb bag was weighed in one day in a tournament. You should have water in the upper 40s or low 50s, higher in the backs of the cuts.

There is standing timber in places, mostly in Beaver creek and on the main lake between Farrington and 64 and some in several of the smaller creeks on the west side of the lake. Alot of places where it is you can see parts of it, refer to a map and stay leave a good distance between what you see and where you run and you should be OK.

Beaver Creek- Running towards the back of Beaver creek stay over towards the left hand bank. When you get to the second big patch, someone put a white stake on the edge of it, when you see it, you want to be 1/2 way between the stake and the bank, too close to the bank and it gets real shallow. The very back of the creek gets real flat and shallow, after you run between the 2 points and it opens up again you will pass a big cut on the left, at about that point you will want to set down off of plane if you dont want to bury your lower unit in the bottom.

Running Hwy 64 to Farrington- Leaving the no wake zone at the 64 bridge go straight up the lake. You will be able to see the Farrington ramp far ahead, aim for it. Some where along the way off to the right there are a few small timber patches that may or may not be marked, they should be on a paper map or GPS map, if you aim for the ramp, you will miss them by a good bit. Where it gets a little tricky is between mile marker 10 and 11. I past just to the right of #10. After that you will see a single Danger buoy on the left side, on the right you will see a big danger buoy and a small one. You will want to run between the single one of the left and the two on the right. Keep going straight towards the ramp until you pass buoy#11.

Beyond the Farrington Bridge- When you go under the bridge, you will have an island on your left, look for the danger buoy on the right... dont go between that Danger buoy and the bank, theres a road bed there, stay between the no wake buoys and you dont have to worry. Also dont go between the island and the rip rap to go around it, it gets shallow and theres a road bed and a few old slabs and foundations you cant see. Running up towards Morgan Creek, Northeast creek and 751 you will see an island. You will want to past that island on the left side and make a turn to the right behind it to go around a big timber patch. All of Northeast is pretty shallow, Morgan gets shallower the further you go back. Alot of the cuts in that part of the lake are shallow and full of stumps.

S-curves and Haw river- Running from the main lake to the Haw River you will go through the area they call the S-curve. Safest way to get through the S-curve is to follow the main river channel out around the 2 islands, you can cut between the island and the main land, just stay in the middle between the island and danger buoy. I have been told there is stuff to hit if you run between the two islands and there is a danger buoy or two there. After that there isnt alot to worry about, just watch for floating logs and debris, it should be pretty clear but there could be a few floaters. Running beyond Robeson creek up the Haw the deeper water will be towards the right side, when you see the split it gets rocky.
 

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Thank you guys for the info here. I had a great trip prefishing for my April 4th Tourney. We didn't get many bites but boy did we catch some big ones. I was on the lake last Thursday 3/19 through Saturday. I caught a 6 lb largemouth and four 4's all within the first 15 minutes of being there. Then the cold front pushed in along with chilly rain and my bite was gone. But certainly a good start. Friday, I know we needed some sun, so we worked hard until that cold front finally started to blow out. As soon as that happened we got four fish all around 3.5 to 4 lbs. A minutes or so later we catch a 24" 8lb monster. This fish was just insane huge!!!! Followed that up with a 5 lb bass a little while later. Saturday its foggy out and again, I believe I needed the sun to come out for my deal to work. As soon as we get there my partner nails a nice 3.5 lb largemouth and then we go stale until the sun burns all that fog out. Once the sun came up my partner caught a 4 lb bass and the next cast he hooks a giant. He said it was a catfish, I said BS, its a monster bass as I just caught a glimpse of it. So he fights this fish and notices its barely hooked. I grab the net and have it ready. The fish jumps, spits the hook and somehow I extend my arms with the net and its falls right in the net. 23.5" 9 lb bass that looks like it swallowed a volleyball. Our two biggest bass ever. We caught a few more decent fish and then headed to our sweet spot and I immediately catch a 5.25 lb bass. At that point we decided our trip couldn't get any better.


A great first trip to Jordan and I believe we have a great plan heading to the CBC tourney April 4th. Full moon is coming and these fish are fat and ready to do their thing. I only hope we didn't use all of our luck prefishing!!! I can elaborate as soon as my tourney is over.

But again, thanks for the info on how to run the timber area as it was spot on. I will also post some pics once I have a few minutes to spare.
 

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Thank you guys for the info here. I had a great trip prefishing for my April 4th Tourney. We didn't get many bites but boy did we catch some big ones. I was on the lake last Thursday 3/19 through Saturday. I caught a 6 lb largemouth and four 4's all within the first 15 minutes of being there. Then the cold front pushed in along with chilly rain and my bite was gone. But certainly a good start. Friday, I know we needed some sun, so we worked hard until that cold front finally started to blow out. As soon as that happened we got four fish all around 3.5 to 4 lbs. A minutes or so later we catch a 24" 8lb monster. This fish was just insane huge!!!! Followed that up with a 5 lb bass a little while later. Saturday its foggy out and again, I believe I needed the sun to come out for my deal to work. As soon as we get there my partner nails a nice 3.5 lb largemouth and then we go stale until the sun burns all that fog out. Once the sun came up my partner caught a 4 lb bass and the next cast he hooks a giant. He said it was a catfish, I said BS, its a monster bass as I just caught a glimpse of it. So he fights this fish and notices its barely hooked. I grab the net and have it ready. The fish jumps, spits the hook and somehow I extend my arms with the net and its falls right in the net. 23.5" 9 lb bass that looks like it swallowed a volleyball. Our two biggest bass ever. We caught a few more decent fish and then headed to our sweet spot and I immediately catch a 5.25 lb bass. At that point we decided our trip couldn't get any better.


A great first trip to Jordan and I believe we have a great plan heading to the CBC tourney April 4th. Full moon is coming and these fish are fat and ready to do their thing. I only hope we didn't use all of our luck prefishing!!! I can elaborate as soon as my tourney is over.

But again, thanks for the info on how to run the timber area as it was spot on. I will also post some pics once I have a few minutes to spare.
Def looking forward to pics.


Sent from my kayak...
 

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It's a shame that I live so close to the lake and have been struggling to catch fish and someone from Maryland whacks them.
I got to change what I'm doing!!!!!:(
i think what helped me is that I was doing something way different then most others. I will give you my deal once the tourney is over. Just gotta keep plugin away.
 

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methinks you will get a check.
Good prefishing doesnt guarantee a check. His story kind of reminds me of a BFL at Smith Mountain Lake in March 2011. I had never seen SML and went up 2 weeks before the tournament for two days. I started probably around 8:30 or so, by 11 I had an 18 lb limit on a crankbait pattern. I left that pattern and went looking for other options, Sunday my prefish partner joined me and again we caught some decent fish, most cranking. The week before the tournament it rained like crazy, Friday I arrived to find most of my areas trashed I caught the big bag practicing and alot of SMLs gin clear water was about the brightest red mud stained water you will every see. It took a few hours but we found more fish and by the end of the day I could run a bank and call my fish. When we took out Friday afternoon I felt I had a legitimate shot to win, if not easily cash a check, I barely slept that night I saw so busy counting my chickens. I went out Saturday, ran that pattern hard and only caught 1 short fish, my coangler who was a SML local didnt get bit. That epic fail killed my confidence for the remainder of the year.
 

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i think what helped me is that I was doing something way different then most others. I will give you my deal once the tourney is over. Just gotta keep plugin away.
Good luck in the tourney!!!!

Going out Saturday to try to get back on track. Looks like the weather is going to make it interesting, but on the bright side, can't hurt my bite too bad!!!!
 

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Oh don't get my prefishing confidence wrong. I'm not cocky enough to think I'm gonna win this thing. I'm an out of state guy fishing against what in guessing will be a ton of locals. That's tough. I know that. But the best thing I can do is prepare. My prefishing went way better then expected. I have read up in this lake. I have looked at maps till I'm blue in the face and I have every single hook changed and line is new. I have done all I can. I am not a pro fisherman. I don't want to be one either. In just fishing an away tourney for fun to see how I fare. I would be happy to come in 30th or 50th. Doesn't matter. I just wanna compete and bring in a nice bag. I know I can catch 18 to 20 lbs. that being said I know there is a 25-30lb bag in this place. With some luck and preparation maybe I can make a few bucks. But I am by no means saying from this thread that I'm gonna win. That would be ridiculous. But if you are paying $200 for a tourney and spending time to travel from NC to MD three times, you better at least be confident enough to think you can win.
 

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Best of luck to you. If you need anything while you are in the area, let me know. The cooler weather the next few days may set them up just like they were last week when you were here.
 

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Good prefishing doesnt guarantee a check. His story kind of reminds me of a BFL at Smith Mountain Lake in March 2011. I had never seen SML and went up 2 weeks before the tournament for two days. I started probably around 8:30 or so, by 11 I had an 18 lb limit on a crankbait pattern. I left that pattern and went looking for other options, Sunday my prefish partner joined me and again we caught some decent fish, most cranking. The week before the tournament it rained like crazy, Friday I arrived to find most of my areas trashed I caught the big bag practicing and alot of SMLs gin clear water was about the brightest red mud stained water you will every see. It took a few hours but we found more fish and by the end of the day I could run a bank and call my fish. When we took out Friday afternoon I felt I had a legitimate shot to win, if not easily cash a check, I barely slept that night I saw so busy counting my chickens. I went out Saturday, ran that pattern hard and only caught 1 short fish, my coangler who was a SML local didnt get bit. That epic fail killed my confidence for the remainder of the year.

was just a prediction :D i know what you mean. we always do better prefishing.
 
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