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Lake Gaston Striper
Local Fishing Info
This 20,300 acre reservoir along the Roanoke River basin is 34
miles long and has 350 miles of shoreline. The water feeds in
the Kerr Lake Dam at Buggs Island, VA, and leaves the lake at the dam in
Gaston / Roanoke Rapids, NC.
For a list of Marinas and public
boat landings, visit the "Marinas" link on left. Gas and
electric motorized boats are welcome and the HP restriction for boat
motors is unlimited.
VA & NC honor each other's
fishing license on Lake Gaston, so only one state's fishing license is
required (see links below).
Virginia or North Carolina state fishing
licenses and permits are honored on Lake Gaston on the Roanoke River,
including all tributary waters accessible by boat from the main bodies
of the reservoirs. (Note: North Carolina regulations apply on
North Carolina portions of these waters.)
Lake Gaston has a superior largemouth bass population.
Many anglers like to fish the aquatic vegetation for largemouth bass.
Boat docks also are likely places to catch largemouth bass. Striped
bass, which are stocked by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources
Commission, continue to produce a number of quality-sized fish. Striper
fishing in the tail waters below Kerr Dam is an annual event.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) annually stock
walleyes, and the best fishing is usually in the upper end during
February and March. Lake Gaston also contains channel catfish, blue
catfish, chain pickerel, and bluegill.
In years past, the headwaters
of Lake Gaston have been low in oxygen and not had the habitat to hold
fish. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake recently completed venting
all the turbines in Kerr Dam to oxygenate the tailrace during summer
months. This newly created habitat should allow more fish to move
upstream during the summer.
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