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Links to stories about fishing from newspapers, broadcasters and websites, especially stories about fishing on Kerr (Buggs Island) Lake.

High Water Forces Ramp & Park Closings

Date of Story: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Source: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Recent heavy rainfall has caused the Kerr Lake level to rise to +308 feet mean sea level. This rise has resulted in the closure of some park areas and ramps. The following is a list of the areas that are currently affected.

High Water Alert

Date of Story: 
Friday, May 6, 2016
Source: 
Kerr Lake Guide

Kerr Lake is expected to rise three or more feet over the next two days (through Sunday, May 8th), according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The rapid rise is due heavy and unexpected rains over the Roanoke River basin. According to the Corps, the lake could reach 307 to 308 feet (above sea level).

Piedmont Bass Classics Spring Team Bass Trail Qualifier

Date of Story: 
Monday, May 2, 2016

The 2016 Piedmont Bass Classics $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Qualifier #4 at Kerr Lake produced another great turnout for the PBC Trails!! The weather started out great with air temps about 49 degrees in the am on up to 65 in the pm. Water temps ranged from 58 to 64. Winds were quiet in the am and blowing up to about 10 in the pm.

Army Corps Release Sterile Carp in an Effort to Control Hydrilla

Date of Story: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Source: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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.

Queen Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake

Date of Story: 
Monday, April 11, 2016
Source: 
BassResource.com

Jeff Queen of Catawba, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on Kerr Lake. For his victory, Queen took home $4,507.

Belter Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake

Date of Story: 
Monday, April 4, 2016
Source: 
BassResource.com

Michael Belter of Reidsville, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake. For his victory, Belter took home $6,514.

Lake Level Dropping

Date of Story: 
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Source: 
Kerr Lake Guide

Heavy rains pushed the level of Kerr Lake to just below 308 feet at the end of the year. It has been dropping since. The lake is considered at "full pool" at 300 feet (above sea level) and is in "flood stage" at 320 feet. As of Saturday morning (Jan 9th), the lake had dropped to 305.08 feet. And the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the Dam, projects a continued drop to it's winter level of 295 feet.

Waters rise, and Corps parks close

Date of Story: 
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Source: 
SoVANow.com

Abundant rainfall in the past week has brought Buggs Island Lake up by more than six feet to an elevation of 307.45 feet as of Monday morning, — forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close fishing areas and boat ramps around the lake.

Rigsbee & Haywood win Cashion "End of Year" tournament

Date of Story: 
Monday, October 12, 2015
Source: 
Lake Gaston Guide

The Cashion Fishing Rods 'End of Year' Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier #7 on Saturday, October 10th, at Kerr Lake was very interesting and the results for the 27 teams were close. Ryan Rigsbee & Bubba Haywood just barely won with 5 bass weighing 14.08 lbs to take 1st Place and 1st Place TWT for a total of $1,320!

Bassers tough out wet tourney at Kerr

Date of Story: 
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Source: 
The Sanford Herald

The Carolina Bassers of Harnett County had their September tournament, and a big adventure, two days last weekend off of Hibernia Ramp on Kerr Lake. Fayetteville’s Ron Johnson won the tournament bringing in five bass for a total of 10.85 pounds.

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