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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 13, 2017

Very few anglers are out on Lake 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.

A personal note, many thanks to everyone who indicated their well wishes over the past month. I am still recovering from surgery and the effects of the cancer. However, I am feeling well enough to gather information and compose the Fishing Report again. Welcome back and I hope my fishing reporters can come up with good reports for everyone.

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.

Charlie also moderates a popular online forum for area fishermen (and fisherwomen). It can be found here.
He has a recent article about fishing guide Rick Morris here

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Date Updated: 
Friday, January 13, 2017