Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report -January 12, 2018

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

A few bass are being taken by anglers fishing live shad along steep dropping points in the Poplar Creek area. Dark colored jig 'n pig combinations are responsible for largemouth bass catches in 3-7 feet of water during the warmer spells.

Striper fishing is good to excellent below the Gaston Dam, while a few large fish are being taken in front of the dam. Live shad is the bait of choice, but bucktails, Sassy Shads and Redfins are producing below the dam and trolled Hot Spots and Redfins are working above the dam.

After a brief respite, colder temperatures are coming back throughout the area. Water will be freezing and so will launch ramps. Be extremely careful to ensure you ONLY launch the boat. Make sure you WEAR your PFD and don't go out alone. Hypothermia is your enemy.

Mr. Taylor
Charlie Taylor writes about fishing in Virginia for several publications. He can be reached at

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.

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Date Updated: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018