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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - May 12, 2017

Lake Gaston's main lake points are the ambush spots for the bass in the lake. Rat-l-traps, Speed Shads and plastic worms are the primary baits taking fish. Don't neglect the rings of willow grass on the points. Weightless Zoom Super Flukes are taking some good bass from these small areas of vegetation.

Although most bass have finished spawning, some are still looking for beds. Check out the back ends of creeks and coves for beds in shallow water, near deeper water. Boat docks are also holding lots of good fish. Best baits are Carolina-rigged, plastic worms and lizards, in pumpkinseed colors.

Stripers are active around the mouth of Pea Hill Creek and around the island.

Crappie fishing is excellent, once the schools are found. Most of the crappie are schooled near some submerged structure.

With the frequency of cold fronts and rain over the past couple of weeks, fishing statewide has been on and off. When the rains let up, the fish start biting. When the rains resume, they turn off again. When the rain runs it's course, fishing will once again take off and be better than ever. Although waters throughout the state are stained or muddy, the fish are still biting. Don't let this put you off.

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, May 12, 2017