Call it Kerr Reservoir or call it Buggs Island Lake, it doesn’t make much of a difference to fishermen who are experiencing great striped bass action on the 49,500-acre impoundment along the North Carolina-Virginia border.
Striper fishing is good in Buggs Island Lake, with live bait and 3/8 ounce bucktails producing the better catches. Largemouth bass are favoring the main lake gravel points and may be caught on 10+ crankbaits in shad colors.
When State Sen. Frank Ruff agreed to patron Senate Bill No. 972 before the General Assembly, he probably didn’t expect the wave of publicity and negative reaction from many voters who believe the bill is an attempt to change the name of Buggs Island Lake.
For 63 years a lake on the North Carolina-Virginia line has suffered from an identity crisis — and visitors have gotten whiplash. Now, after decades of disagreement about the lake's name, Virginia may finally be ready to yield. To Virginians, it's always been Buggs Island Lake, ever since the Roanoke River was dammed in 1952. North Carolina insisted it was Kerr (pronounced kar) Lake.
Plans are under way for the Lake Country SPCA to move into its new home, the Holt-Moody Adoption Center, on Highway 15 South near Clarksville now that they exceeded their fundraising goal. The building is named for Linwood and Linda Holt and Jim and Mona Moody, after each couple donated $50,000 to the building fund.
The Kerr Lake Regional Water System released a status report this week on its intentions to acquire an Interbasin Transfer Certificate. The company intends to transfer water from the Roanoke River Basin to Tar and Fishing Creek River Basins, both of which are sub-basins to the Tar-Pamlico Major River Basin.