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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - April 28, 2017

Topwater baits are coming into their own on Lake Gaston, where largemouth bass may be taken almost at will early and late in the day. The bass are active in shallow water on main lake points.

Midlake, fish the shallow back ends of coves. Try a Zoom Horny Toad or Spro frog adjacent to the vegetation along the bank. Make sure the water along the shorline is less than two feet deep with the sun shining on the shoreline. Lots of big bass are cruising these areas looking for bedding sites.

Fish plastic grubs on most points in 4-8 feet of water and spinnerbaits on WINDY points. Those bass that have left the beds are orienting to boat docks, where plastic worms are taking their toll. Good fishing may also be had in the creeks off the main river channel above the Eaton Ferry Bridge.

Striper action is good around the I-85 and Route 1 Bridges.

Crappie are biting well.

Bream are schooling, with crickets doing the job.

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.

Charlie also moderates a popular online forum for area fishermen (and fisherwomen). It can be found here.

This page is updated weekly, usually on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

Date Updated: 
Friday, April 28, 2017