Charlie Taylor's Lake Gaston Fishing Report

Charlie Taylor We're pleased to provide weekly fishing reports from Virginia Outdoor Writer Charlie Taylor. We receive his reports and post them late Thursday or early Friday in time to give you a lead on the best places to fish over the weekend. We also maintain an archive of previous reports so you can track fishing trends on Lake Gaston. Charlie also manages an online bulletin board.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - February 12, 2016

Date Updated: 
02/11/2016

Bass fishing on Lake Gaston is picking up, with a number of fish in the 5-9 pound class being taken in the northern coves of the lake. Best lures are spinnerbaits with large blades, rattling lipless crankbaits and shad colored crankbaits.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - February 5, 2016

Date Updated: 
02/04/2016

In Lake Gaston, largemouth bass in the 2-3 pound range are taking jig 'n pig baits in the north ends of the creeks. Larger bass and pickerel are also available just behind the dam. Spinnerbaits are the prime bait.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 29, 2016

Date Updated: 
01/28/2016

In Lake Gaston largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in 4-6 feet of water just inside the feeder creeks and shallow coves. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits are also taking some large bass, particularly in clearer water, like that in Pea Hill Creek.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 22, 2016

Date Updated: 
01/21/2016

When the wind allows access to Lake Gaston, largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits in 4-6 feet of water just inside the feeder creeks. Good-sized largemouth bass are also being caught on slow-rolled spinnerbaits.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 15, 2016

Date Updated: 
01/15/2016

Very few anglers are out, but those who brave the cold are reporting good fishing on Lake Gaston. Crappie catches are excellent for anglers fishing live minnows 8-12 feet deep around bridge pilings and submerged brush.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 8, 2016

Date Updated: 
01/07/2016

Lake Gaston striper fishermen trolling live bait or deep-diving plugs around the lower end of the lake are catching 10-15 pound stripers. Anglers fishing live shad baits are taking 8-14 pound stripers at the base of the dam, with some running to 20 pounds.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 1. 2016

Date Updated: 
01/01/2016

On Lake Gaston, stripers, 10-13 pounds, are hitting sporadically around the mouth of Pea Hill Creek and in front of the Gaston Dam. Largemouth bass, 4-10 pounds, are schooling with the stripers. Bucktails and live shad are the better baits. Below the Gaston Dam, anglers are taking stripers on drifted shad.

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