With the Kerr Lake level at 301 and stable, bass are found on main lake points. Best pattern appears to be fishing Carolina-rigged plastic baits on main lake and secondary points. Topwater baits are taking some fish early and late in the day, in main lake coves.
Water management officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District have received final approval for a change to flood operations at John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir. Under previous flood operations, stepped-up releases from Kerr were determined based on how high lake levels were in Kerr Reservoir.
The repair project taking place along a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in Vance and Warren counties is continuing as scheduled and is still set to be completed in the summer of 2020. Project engineer Boyd Tharrington said that construction is currently in the second phase.
A Raleigh man was pulled from Kerr Lake in Mecklenburg County, Va. Sunday morning after swimming with a friend Saturday evening. Matthew Sandy with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said that two men were fishing on the lake Saturday and decided to go swimming at about 6 p.m. Graham Ferguson, 27, of Raleigh did not resurface after going underwater.
With less rain, the Army Corps of Engineers says Kerr Lake did not get as high as anticipated. All recreation areas are currently open with the exception of: Ivy Hill Day Use Side (ramp is open); Lower parking lot of Longwood Ramp (ramp is open); Lower parking lot of Rudds Creek Ramp (ramp is open).
‘We share our culture. We are not entertainers. If you are entertained, we apologize.” So said Chief John “Blackfeather” Jeffries ahead of the Grand Entrance (the opening ceremonies) at this year’s Occaneechi Pow Wow in Mecklenburg County.
In an ongoing effort to control the growth and spread of the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla in John H. Kerr Reservoir, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released sterile grass carp (white amur) during the month of April. The grass carp preferentially feed on hydrilla over other aquatic plants and will provide a biological approach to help control this invasive species.
The Roanoke River Basin Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center announced Monday they are suing Duke Energy Progress for violations of the Clean Water Act at their Mayo Steam Plant in Roxboro, where 6.9 million tons of coal ash are stored in an unlined pit on the banks of the Mayo Lake in N.C. Water from the area feeds into the Roanoke River.
At least two boats participating in a FLW fishing tournament in Nutbush Creek on Kerr Lake were swamped by high waves last weekend according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No one was injured but the boats had to be padded to shore and await help. There were strong winds producing unusually high waves.