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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - June 9, 2017

Topwaters are taking good fish in Lake Gaston in the early morning hours. After sunup, plastic worms and lizards, fished on the main lake points are the ticket. Dock patterns are coming into their own as bass are orienting to dock pilings throughout the lake.

Soft plastics skipped under the docks or drop-shot rigs are taking lots of fish. When water is being let out or in, fish the bridges in the creeks, as current flow will have bass actively feeding on disoriented shad.

Striper action has picked up, with most of the fish being caught around the Eaton Ferry Bridge on live shad.

Lots of stripers are also being taken just below the dam in Roanoke Rapids Lake. Bluegills are off the beds and are taking live crickets.

Waters throughout the state are lightly 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. In the current environment, opt for orange, bone and chartreuse baits with lots of vibration and/or noise. When using soft plastic baits, opt for darker colors. Look for mud lines where muddy water meets clear or lightly stained water. These areas will hold fish.

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: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017