Bass fishing in 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.
The main lake water temperature is in the forties, but some northern coves are posting temperatures in the low fifties. These are the areas that are giving up the larger fish. Crappie are aggressive once found, but finding them is the trick. Check main creek channels and bends for suspended schools.
Stripers are being caught at the lower end of the lake on live shad and bucktails.
Please use the utmost caution when boating on our state's waters this week. The outdoor temperatures are cold, and the water is cold enough to cause hypothermia and possible death. Special note: WEAR your life jacket. It can save your life. It won't do anyone any good in a compartment. At the very worst, it will at least allow law enforcement to find your body more quickly.
Charlie Taylor writes about fishing in Virginia for several publications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His full Virginia fishing report can be found here. And his report for Kerr Lake can be found here. An archive of Lake Gaston Fishing Reports is here.
Charlie also moderates a popular online forum for area fishermen (and fisherwomen). It can be found here.
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