Yadkin/Pee Dee River Reservoirs
High Rock Lake
Jerry Hill (Triad Fishing & Guide Service, 336-247-1265) said the lake is full of big stripers.
"We will have good striper fishing in the river," he said. "From the first of June into July, they will be on the main lake forming some big schools. We will catch them from 12 to 15 feet deep by trolling ¾-ounce or 1-ounce bucktails with green or lemon-lime curly tailed worms.
Anglers can expect to catch stripers of 9 to 16 pounds by fishing along the main river channel edges, on the long points running into the channels, or on the humps. The way to find stripers is locating the baitfish schools they are feeding on with an electronic depthfinder.
Another method for catching striped bass is trolling live shad with side planers under the trolling motor power. Some anglers fish live baits with free lines or down lines by drifting their baits at the same level where they see baitfish on their depthfinder. Crappie will move to deep docks and brush piles. Bass will hit topwater lures early in the morning, with Carolina rigs, jigs and crankbaits better bets in the middle of the day.
Maynard Edwards (Extreme Fishing Concepts & Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, 336-249-6782) said Tuckertown is tops for bass.
"Tuckertown is a great summertime lake because it's oxygenated and full of bass," he said. "It's a good topwater and flipping lake.
Anglers should fish Senkos, floating worms and jigs in the standing grass. Flipping a jig is also effective on the bluff banks along the main river channel.
Crappie will bite live baits and jigs fished on double-hook tight lines. Shellcrackers will strike worms in and around grass beds.
Maynard Edwards (Extreme Fishing Concepts & Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, 336-249-6782) said anglers should go after Badin bass.
"Badin has been on fire for two years," he said. "The warmer the water, the better the fishing. The best time is during the week when the water is flowing. We catch lots of big schooling bass on the humps and long points."
Best lures for topwater fishing are Spooks, chuggers and poppers. Crankbiats are also good bets.
The lake has some of the biggest crappie on the Yadkin chain. Badin is deep and clear, so the fish can be 42 feet deep. Anglers should look for them in the main sections of Gar and Gladys Fork creeks. Down-imaging sonar is the way to find the fish. Anglers should troll a jig and a minnow on a double-hook tight line rig with a 1-ounce sinker.
Striper anglers should fish Alabama rigs behind the dam or anchor the boat and use side planers or float rigs baited with live shad. The fish will also school on the main lake humps, where trolling live baits early and late will get results. On some of the points, anglers will catch stripers and bass together by casting deep diving crankbaits.
Joe Aldridge (Joe’s Bait & Tackle, 704-982-8716) said largemouth bass will be biting black shaky head worms fished on Carolina rigs or jigs cast to bridges and long points that have some structure.
"A Zoom Magnum Trick Worm or Ol Monster in green pumpkin or black is the best lure," he said. "Early in the morning, floating worms and topwater lures work well, especially a clear Zara Spook or smaller Zara puppy."
Striper anglers should troll bucktails on lead core line and downriggers in 20 to 25 feet of water along the channel edges. A Road Runner or banana jig in green and white should get their attention.
White perch will school in 20 to 30 feet of water at the river channel edges. If the power plant is moving water during the week, the topwater fishing is topnotch. When the fish are up, anglers should cast a 1-ounce Nungesser, Flex-It or Hopkins spoon rigged with two ice fly trailers.
SCrappie will be on brush at 20 to 25 feet.
Blue cats will be biting live or cut gizzard shad along the river channel. Flatheads will be biting live bream at 12 to 15 feet.