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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - October 5, 2017

In Lake Gaston, the best action is down lake. Poe's, Pretty and Lee's Creeks are good areas to fish. Bass can be caught by crankbaiting main channel points and fishing jig 'n pig around rocks and stumps in 4-10 feet of water. Best crankbait colors are shad and silver.

Pop-R's and twitch worms are taking bass in the willow grass beds, while crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms are taking them on the outside edges of the grass. Early and late in the day, some large bass are being taken on topwater baits, fished in the back ends of coves, where there are leaves on the water.

Stripers are being taken trolling bucktails and Cordell Hot Spots in the main river channel. The fish are suspended in 16-20 feet of water.

Crappie anglers are having good success fishing small minnows over brushpiles and solid structures.

CAUTION - Duck hunting season opens this weekend. Anglers are advised to be wary around duck blinds, particularly if there are ducks in the water. Chances are these are decoys and hunters are in the blind.

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, October 6, 2017