High Rock Lake is a relatively shallow lake with many types of offshore structure. These points, humps and rock formations create excellent cover for this lake's abundant population of game fish. High Rock is well known both locally and nationally as the home of the 1994, 1995, and 1998 Bassmasters Classic Bass Tournament. Bass fishermen from all over the nation know the area as the "Crankbait Capital of the World". While the largemouth bass is perhaps the most well known game fish in High Rock, it is certainly not the only one found in abundance.
High Rock Lake, North Carolina -- Great NC fishing Lake
|High Rock Lake is a
relatively shallow lake with many types of offshore structure. These
points, humps and rock formations create excellent
for this lake's abundant population of game fish. The most well known and
sought after variety of these fish is perhaps the largemouth bass. High
Rock is well known both locally and nationally as the home of the 1994,
1995, and 1998 Bassmasters Classic Bass Tournament.
Bass fishermen from all over the nation have traveled to High Rock and Lexington to see why this area is known nationally as the "Crankbait Capital of the World". Well known crankbait experts such as David Fritts, David Wright, Gerald Beck, and Jerry Lohr honed their bass fishing skills on this lake and its superb supply of hard fighting bass. Homer Biesecker, a mentor of these experts, is locally known as one of the originators of deep water cranking. Homer was well known to use a crankbait that had a green back, chartreuse (yellow) sides, and an orange/red belly. Local fishermen knew that as Homer's color or just plain "Homer". David Fritts and David Wright, who were both on the pro-staff of Poe Crankbaits, recommended that they officially name this color "Homer" in honor of their tutor. Other crankbait companies soon followed suit and now also have a Homer colored crankbait.
High Rock is known primarily for its deep, offshore summertime bite. Humps and points abound making this a crankbait paradise. The Carolina Rig is also a great tool for these fish with one of the local favorites being a 10" or 11" worm on the business end. Three and four pound bass are plentiful and many five fish limits are weighed in local tournaments that are in the twenty-pound range. The best times of the year are late May through July and October through December.
While the largemouth bass is perhaps the most well known game fish in High Rock, it is certainly not the only one found in abundance. Crappie has responded well to fishery efforts. February, March, and April are the prime months for these tasty fish but many have learned to fill their limits year round. High Rock is quickly becoming one of the leading lakes in the state for large striped bass. Fishing is especially good during the cold winter months of December through February. Most local striper fishermen slow troll with live shad that have been netted with throw nets. Shad are very abundant and often easy to catch for bait. The months of May through July offer good striper catches both trolling with artificial and with live bait drifted across humps and long points. Keep your drag adjusted as these powerful fish can often leave a novice fisherman crying over a broken line.
Catfish are another species often sought after on High Rock. Flathead catfish over 30 pounds are common but the most abundant species is channel catfish. Channel cats are often in the 2-6 pound range with an occasional fish over 12 pounds being taken. Flatheads seem to be more abundant in the warmer months and Channels in the colder months. Tactics for these fish are varied depending on what kind of catfish the fisherman is targeting.
Other types of fish are also abundant in High Rock Lake. Some of these species include hybrid bass, white bass, bream and carp. No matter what the type of fish sought, just remember, keep only what you can eat and release the rest to be caught again. All of us are simply borrowing these resources from our children and grandchildren.
Much of this site was taken from Lexington, NC Tourism site.
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