Yadkin/Pee Dee River Reservoirs
High Rock Lake
Jerry Hill (Triad Fishing and Guide Service, 336-247-1265) said the lake is full of big stripers.
"By late August, the fishing ought to be good," he said. "High rock fish have been running up to 13 pounds, but they don't school much on top that time of year. I use ¾- to 2-ounce bucktails, either white with a chartreuse worm or chartreuse with a chartreuse worm. I move down the Yadkin River channel, fishing the channel points and the humps. If you mark four to six fish in a school, most of the time, you will be able catch one or two."
Hill finds the fish with his depthfinder then starts trolling the bucktails at the depths he marks the fish. He uses lead core line and double bucktail rigs.
Maynard Edwards (Extreme Fishing Concepts - Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, 336-249-6782) said Tuckertown's cover is hides the secret of its hot weather fishing.
"Tuckertown has lots of vegetation that the Yadkin lakes don't begin to have," he said. "Lily pads and other vegetation draws bass to the shade. It even groups them up because they find oxygen and shade. It also provides cover for baitfish. I like to fish a frog, floating worm, soft jerkbaits or Slug-Go in the pads.
Tuckertown also has some big shellcrackers in its pad beds. Crappie also school just outside the pad edges on the deeper drop-offs. A 1/16-ounce Roadrunner is a good bet for catching crappie.
Stripers will be up in the river. The best fishing will occur while the water is flowing through the dam.
Maynard Edwards (Extreme Fishing Concepts-Yadkin Lakes Guide Service, 336-249-6782) said anglers should head upriver.
"I like to go upriver behind the dam," he said. I use one of my E-rigs (one of Edward's Alabama rigs) with 1/8-ounce jigs and 4-inch swim bodies. I use 40-pound braided line and drag it through the current. I never know for sure what I'm going to catch. Anything that swims will hit this rig - white perch, stripers, white bass and largemouth bass.
In hot months, the largemouth bass may be in water as deep as 25 feet. Anglers should hit the deeper humps with a spoon, jig, Carolina rig or deep-diving lure.
Stripers may also surface late in the afternoon near grassy points. Fishing lures and live baits on planer boards beside the grass is a good bet. Anglers may also find perch and bream in the oxygenated water of wind-blown points.
Badin has some big crappie and they will be on the bottom at 40 feet or suspended at 15 to 20 feet. A down-imaging sonar will help anglers find the fish.
Blue cats move will move upriver behind the dam. Live or cut perch or shad are the best catfish baits.
Rodney Crisco (Joe’s Bait & Tackle, 704-982-8716) said hot weather makes largemouth bass "cranky."
"In August, cranking a deep diver is the best bet," he said. "The fish will also hit big plastic worms fished on half-ounce football head jigs. They will also strike Carolina rigs with creature baits cast to the main lake points and stumpy points. There will also be an early topwater bite of smaller schooling fish."
Striper anglers should look in the middle of the lake on to the south end at 18 to 25 feet. The best places to fish are points along the river channel. Deep diving lures or bucktail jigs fished on downriggers and lead core lines are the best bets.
White perch will school at 20 to 30 feet, where cut baits and shrimp will catch them. A good artificial jigging rig is a Flex-It spoon with three ice flies tied above it.
Blue cats will be biting cut bream, white perch and gizzard shad along the river channel. Flatheads up in the river biting live bream on the bottom or on slip float rigs in the deeper holes.