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Piedmont Lakes Fishing Report: June-July 2019

What to expect when you head out to fish the lakes of the Piedmont over the next few weeks. Get a clue from noted outdoor writer Mike Marsh.

Yadkin/Pee Dee Reservoirs


High Rock Lake

Maynard Edwards (Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, Extreme Fishing Concepts, 336-249-6782) said stripers will move downstream.


“The stripers will be on the points and humps in the main river channel,” he said. “Trolling bucktails and spoons on lead core lines is my go-to tactic. I also troll live shad and bucktails on Plane Jane planer boards. Another good way to catch stripers, along with just about any other fish, is by trolling my E-Rigs with 4-inch Zoom Swimmin’ Fluke Juniors or Sassy Shads.”


Crappie should be hitting long line rigs in June. However, if the water gets hot, they will head deeper where tight line rigs will catch them. The best jig colors are John Deere Green and Popsickle.


In June, blue catfish will lurk in the rock piles and holes, where anglers can anchor their boats and catch them with bottom rigs. The action picks up in July when the fish go on the move. Dragging a Santee Rig with a 1½-ounce Extreme Fishing Concepts Glider weight baited with cut shad is the best tactic.


Bass will be off the beds and feeding hard. When they hit the main river, anything goes. They will strike Carolina rigs, crankbaits, jigs and topwater lures.


Tuckertown Reservoir

Maynard Edwards (Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, Extreme Fishing Concepts, 336-249-6782) said bass should be in the grass.


“If you can find grass, a buzzbait or a floating worm will catch some nice bass,” he said. “Officials have been applying herbicide so you may have to search for a good grass bed.”


Stripers will be striking downstream of the High Rock Dam. Anchoring in the tailrace and fishing with live and cut baits on bottom rigs or Planer Boards is a great method. Blue cats will be attracted to the same setups.


Flathead catfish will be on the ledges and humps, where live shad and bream will entice them. Riles Creek will have good fishing for channel cats, where trolling shad on Santee rigs with Extreme Fishing Concepts Glider weights will catch them.


Crappie will move from the channel to 12 to 18 feet in the deeper creeks . Long line and tight line trolling tactics will catch them.


Badin Lake

Maynard Edwards (Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, Extreme Fishing Concepts, 336-249-6782) said Badin’s bass will bust Brush Hogs.


“In the morning, I work the long points and shallow humps with a Carolina rig with a Zoom Baby Brush Hog,” he said. “For schooling bass, I keep a rod rigged with a Zara Spook, chugger, Whopper Plopper or other topwater lure. The fish can come up on a point or high spot any time.”


Fishing a grassy area with a shaky head rig with a Zoom Trick Worm in Green Pumpkin or June Bug color is another good bet. Anglers can also crank them on the points with a Bagley DT-10.

When the water is moving at the dam, Edwards fishes an E-Rig to catch white bass, stripers, white perch and largemouth bass. Stripers are also at the main lake humps, where E-Rigs, bucktails and spoons will catch them


Crappie anglers should fish tight lines with minnows or jigs. The fish may be as deep as 40 feet in the river channel or in the deeper creeks.


Blue cats will bite from the Tuckertown Dam downstream to the railroad trestle when the water is flowing. Anglers should anchor near the dam and fish cut baits on bottom rigs or on Plane Jane planer boards to suspend them in the current. Cut shad and live white perch are the best baits.


Lake Tillery

Rodney Crisco (Joe’s Bait & Tackle, 704-982-8716) said bass anglers are chattering about Chatterbaits.


“The Z-Man Jack Hammer Chatterbait is our number one lure for bass,” he said. “It’s as easy to use as a crankbait, but you can fish it deep or shallow. It works best if you add a split tail, chunk or creature trailer, which makes it look like a fish swimming.”


Before sunrise, anglers can toss up topwater action at grass beds. Spooks work well for the edges. Rubber frogs and floating worms work well in the pockets. When the fish dig deeper, a Carolina rig with a Zoom Ol’ Monster or Trick worm will keep them interested.


White perch will form dense schools at creek mouths and along the main channel in 25 feet of water. They will hit Nungesser spoons, cut perch and Joe’s Waccamaw Rigs.


Shellcrackers will bite best during full moons. Worms and crickets are the best baits. Beetlespins and popping bugs also work well.


Stripers will strike bucktails trolled on lead core lines. Live bait anglers should dangle shad just above the stripers and baitfish schools the locate with their depthfinders. Stripers may come up any time, so a rod should be rigged with a Spook to make a fast cast.


Catfishermen will find flatheads in the stumps and rocks. Anchoring the boat and casting float rigs and bottom rigs baited with live white perch and bream is the best way to haul them from cover. Blue catfish will strike trolling rigs baited with cut white perch.




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