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 - July 26, 2013

Date Updated: 
07/26/2013

In Lake Gaston, crappie are holding in brushpiles in 12-18 feet of water and taking live minnows. Downlake, largemouth bass are holding in 12-20 feet of water and may be taken on plastic worms and deep-diving crankbaits. Topwater lures are taking fish early and late in the day. Most of the better fish are located on main lake points and creek mouths. Boat docks are also holding a few fish. Small plastic grubs are the ticket for the boat docks.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - July 19, 2013

Date Updated: 
07/19/2013

Crappie are holding in brushpiles in 12-18 feet of water and taking live minnows.

Largemouth bass are holding in 12-20 feet of water and may be taken on plastic worms and deep-diving crankbaits. Red seems to be the best color in the clear water. Topwater lures are taking fish early and late in the day, particularly in the weed beds. Most of the better fish are located on main lake points and creek mouths. Boat docks are also holding a few fish. Small plastic grubs are the ticket for the boat docks.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - July 12, 2013

Date Updated: 
07/12/2013

Lots of bass being caught by patient anglers fishing Carolina-rigged lizards in 12-20 feet of water. The fish are holding tight to structure. Boat docks and submerged wood structure on the lower part of the lake are the better pattern, particularly early and late in the day. Topwater baits, fished in 6-8 feet of water early and late, are also taking some good fish.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - July 5, 2013

Date Updated: 
07/05/2013

On Lake Gaston, good bass action in Pea Hill Creek and Lizard Creek in the early mornings. After the sun comes up, boat traffic from water skiers are causing the fish to go deep and lie dormant. Main creek points are the prime areas for bass, with plastic worms, Carolina rigged lizards and deep-diving crankbaits being the preferred baits.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - June 27, 2013

Date Updated: 
06/27/2013

In Lake Gaston, bass are deep, taking plastic worms on main lake points and boat docks. Carolina-rigged lizards are the most productive baits. Uplake, live shad are taking stripers and large bass, suspended in the main river channel. Plastic frogs and floating worms are taking bass from the extensive grass beds.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - June 21, 2013

Date Updated: 
06/21/2013

Bass fishing is good in Lake Gaston, with Carolina rigged Zoom lizards and centipedes, in pumpkin pepper colors, taking good fish off the points. Smaller fish are being taken around the grass beds and on topwater lures, early and late in the day.

Bream are being caught on live crickets, while cut shad baits are taking catfish.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - June 14, 2013

Date Updated: 
06/13/2013

Waters throughout the state are heavily stained to muddy due to the large amount of rain received over the past week or so. That being said, boaters need to be aware of floating debris in the waterways. Be especially careful when seeing a short vertical piece of wood floating. This could, and generally is, attached to a log drifting just under the surface. Give them a wide berth.

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