Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 5, 2018

Striper fishermen trolling live bait or deep-diving plugs around the lower end of the lake are catching 10-15 pound stripers. Anglers fishing live shad baits are taking 8-14 pound stripers at the base of the dam, with some running to 20 pounds.

Dark colored jig 'n pig combinations are responsible for largemouth bass catches in 3-7 feet of water. Some anglers are catching them on jerk baits and Silver Buddies on ledges and points, close to deep water.

Pond anglers are taking good stringers of crappie, but lake fishermen are having a difficult time locating the schools.

Best crappie action is coming from brush piles in 10+ feet of water. Pea Hill Creek is producing good stringers of stripers to 15 pounds on bucktails. The striper activity should only get better. Uplake, bass anglers are reporting no activity.

Ice is prevalent throughout the state. Check ahead before planning a fishing trip. Hypothermia is a constant companion for anglers who don't take proper precautions with clothing. Dress in layers to provide air spaces for insulation between layers. Whenever you fish in this type of weather, please wear Life Jackets, don't fish alone and inform someone on land where you will be fishing and when you will return.

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.

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Date Updated: 
Thursday, January 4, 2018