North Carolina Bass Fishing Reports

North Carolina Bass Fishing Reports that fishermen have favorite N.C. fishing lakes and three reservoir lakes top the list. High Rock Lake (fed by the Yadkin River), Buggs Island (fed by the Roanoke river) and Jordan Lake (fed by the Haw river). It has been noted that fishing Buggs Island and High Rock Lake is such a similar "fish alike" experience that they are considered the "kissing cousins" of North Carolina lakes. 

Buggs Island and High Rock Lake are fertile with nutrients for black and striped bass, crappie, brim, and catfish of various shapes and sizes. These bodies of water are relatively shallow for North Carolina reservoirs as are their tributaries. The shallow depths should be considered when fishing by boat. These are not considered clear lakes and can have strong river current flow. Temperatures can reach up to the low 90's and bass will still bite.

North Carolina Bass Fishing Reports that another time to get strong bass action is to put in right after a heavy downpour of rain when tributaries are flowing rich nutrients into the lake. All of them have a very strong at the bottom of the food-chain ladder with great populations of baitfish. Bass feed close to where these tributaries dump into the main lake. Bass Pro and Buggs Island guide Joel Richardson, recommends for summer bass and crappie success, fishing the main lake in 12 to 20 feet of water.

Here are some bait tips for fishing in these North Carolina lake waters:

*Crank bait fishermen: If you use clip locks on your line, try using Norman "Speedclips" and removing the factory split ring. This allows the clip to link directly onto lure keeping the bait action true. Also, you will experience less fouling with the line. This tidbit will increase your success in fishing North Carolina waters.

*Stitching: If you are fishing for big "trophy" bass, try pulling the bait very slowly with your hand instead of cranking it in with the reel. This method will allow you to slow down and enhance your feel of the bait. You will be more sensitive to any play and pickup. 

*If you are on the water, using plastic baits, and need to be creative, you can rip a hole in your soft plastic bait, heat the blade of your knife with a lighter and insert the hot blade in the tear. This will melt the plastic back together and give you a usable bait. Obviously, you don't want to use this trick over buying new baits, but it will do in a pinch.

Fishing in North Carolina waters is a thrill that most fishermen will not forget whether you are a beginner or a pro. If you are a beginner, North Carolina lakes are a great place to start. Check out other articles ranging from how to wear your life jacket properly, types of baits to use including shapes and colors, general tips on storing and arranging your tackle, equipment needed for shore fishing, and tips on fishing safety. OK, enough talk, let's go fishing!

Joshua Keaton
Joshua Keaton

Joshua is our senior staff writer for and He is an avid hunter, clay shooter and amateur photographer.