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June 15, 2018 - Mixed Report; by Jeff Crow
Topic Started: Jun 17 2018, 08:23 AM (12 Views)
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Reported by Jeff Crow at The Richmond Times

Kerr Reservoir continues to undergo a slow fall and was in the range of 302 feet earlier this week. It is projected to continue back down to the guide-curve level of 300 feet or lower this summer. Over on Lake Gaston, things have settled down quite a bit as the flow rates have dropped off and the lake was back down around normal pool of 200 feet earlier this week. Water temperatures continued to trend upward this week with the warm weather and are in the mid to upper 80s right now.

More anglers are reporting good success on brush piles that top out around 10 feet. With the water levels settling down on Kerr Reservoir, these will be easier to find. As summer moves forward, the crappie may continue to move toward deeper brush, so anglers are encouraged to check a range of depths. As reported previously, anglers focusing on brightly colored jigs, such as those containing chartreuse or orange, are having good success.

The largemouth bite is a mixed bag right now with good weights coming from both flipping the bushes and cranking deeper water on points. As the water continues to drop and summer approaches, the deeper bite will start coming on strong. The dock fishing is expected to remain good throughout June on Lake Gaston, and topwater action will remain strong early and late throughout the summer. The shad spawn is still underway in many areas and anglers should focus on the early-morning bite around rocky banks, points and seawalls. Popper and stickbaits such as a Zara Spook are excellent choices, but so are shallow-floating minnow baits. Tyler Purcell weighed in two nice bass on Kerr Reservoir this week at 6.18 and 6.37 pounds.

For those seeking catfish, the bite upriver on Kerr remains excellent and anglers are having success drifting and pulling corks over fairly shallow flats near the creek channels. Anglers can also try the tailrace in the upper end of Lake Gaston and below the Kerr Reservoir Dam. Anglers fishing this area can catch many 10- to 15-pound catfish by either fishing on the bottom or under corks using cut bait, shad or minnows.



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