Jordan lake fishing report 2021

Jordan lake fishing report 2021 DEFAULT

Fishing At Jordan Lake

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AKA: Lake Jordan, Jordan Reservoir

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch and striped bass at Jordan Lake in North Carolina.
Jordan Lake, NC

Bass and crappie dominate the attention of anglers at Jordan Lake. This is a 14,000-acre reservoir in the north-central part of the state, with a mixed variety of fish species to appeal to anyone who enjoys fresh-water fishing. Along with sunfish, striped bass, white bass and catfish round out the fishing options. Around 180 miles of shoreline provide plenty of fishing opportunities for kayak, boat, canoe or shoreline fishing. There is plenty of aquatic vegetation in the lake to keep it fertile and sustaining a healthy food chain. Marinas, campgrounds, eateries, lodging, stores and local guides are plentiful in the area. Boat rentals are available on the lake and there is public boat ramps for launching private watercraft. Come for a day of fishing or bring the family for an extended vacation here at Lake Jordan.

Primary fish species residing in Jordan Lake

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Largemouth bassSmallmouth bassChannel catfishBlack crappieWhite crappieBluegillWhite BassYellow PerchStriped bass

Jordan Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Jordan Lake State Rec Area- Poplar Point Campground - 919 362-0586

Jordan Lake Vista Point Family Campground - 919 362-0586

Parkers Creek Campground - 919 362-0586

Jordan Lake NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Jordan Lake
Jordan Lake Marina
565 Farrington Rd
Apex, NC 27523
919 387-7011

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Jordan: Level: 0.3 feet above full. Temp: 63 degrees. Clarity: Light stain to clear.

Bass: Guide and tournament pro John Pollard reports, “The lake is fishing good. There are lots of spots and largemouth already bedding, and I expect by the first of April that most spotted bass will be either on bed, near bedding areas or already done. The largemouth will probably still have a couple of waves of spawners, but most will be postspawn by April. I’m having the most luck for spots in areas just out of the current in 10 to 15 feet of water. But the bite is picking up on secondary points and just in front of spawning areas in 4- to 8-foot depths. The first 50 yards or so of bank inside sloughs and creek mouths have been good. If you can find brush on sloping 45-degree banks, that’s going to be a high percentage place for spots coming and going from bedding. Jerkbaits and jigs are working well. I like a 3/8-oz. Crusher Lures heavy finesse jig casting jig for probing areas, and I like the Coosa Crusher color. I add a Bass Pro Shops green-pumpkin twin-tail grub to it. Any shad-pattern jerkbait works good if the water is not muddy. When it’s muddy, go with a jig or spinnerbait. As the water warms, fish a Crusher Lures shaker head in 1/4-oz. rigged with a Zoom green-pumpkin-green Trick Worm on gravel flats for spawning spotted bass. If you’re after largemouth, target grassbeds with jigs and spinnerbaits. If you start struggling with moving baits, slow down and drag a Texas-rigged worm or weightless stick bait around the grass.”

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B. Everett Jordan Lake

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  1. Weeds along bank

  2. Grass edges

  3. He finally got to follow me to my honey hole and landed his new PB! It won’t be long before I get him into the 3+ pounders.

  4. Broke my creek fishing PB about 6 times yesterday. My thumbs are shredded.

  5. Caught it right before sun up.

  6. What happened to this bass? I’m thinking he escaped the beak of a heron or talons of a raptor when he was younger. Clearly the kink in his back and lack of spiny ...more dorsal fin isn’t slowing him down at all. Even with the tail of a baby bullhead catfish sticking out of his throat, he still didn’t pass up a Zoom worm dessert!

  7. Heat index of 104 yesterday so naturally I went on a 6 mile hike with 30 pounds on my back to fish and check trail cameras. Yes, it was painful.

  8. When I say a 2 pound bass on an ultra-light crappie rod feels like a tuna. It never gets old.

  9. Finally made it out to fish the creek and check trail cameras after a month-long soak. No use pretending I wasn’t sweating my butt off for 8 hours straight, but ...more man was it fun!

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Fishing with Kyaw Lupu at Jordan Lake 9/4/2021

Bass are eager to move shallow

March fishing for North Carolina’s B. Everett Jordan Lake bass will be strongly weather-dependent. And fish will be poised to move up from winter holding areas to prespawn transition zones as soon as possible.

And that, according to angler Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboro, N.C., could be sooner than anglers think.

“We’ve always thought that 55 degrees was the magic number for Jordan Lake bass to move back into the creeks,” Phillips said. “But they’ll be back there at 49 to 52 degrees, and you can catch them. The water temperature is important, but not as much as the length of daylight.”

Phillips begins searching in the first two-thirds of the creeks, giving preferential treatment to those upstream of the US 64 bridge. He believes they turn on faster. He targets secondary points and red clay/rock outcroppings. Of these, he considers those closest to deep water to be the most productive. That’s because they allow bass to move vertically instead of horizontally during cold fronts.Anglers may be casting into a foot or two of water from a boat sitting in 15 to 20 feet.

Several lures choices work this month

“If the water is below 52 degrees, I’m throwing a No. 7 Shad Rap,” said Phillips.“It’s a balsa bait with a very subtle action, and they really like it when it’s cold. I’ll use any type of brown, yellow, red, or the original craw color. And I take a piece of Scotch Brite and knock the clear coat off it. I’ll use a stop-and-go retrieve, varying the times of the stop, and remember which interval I get bit on.

“As the water gets up to 54 to 55 degrees, they’ll bite a spinnerbait pretty good and a Chatterbait as well. They’ll bite a lipless crankbait or some kind of square bill. I prefer a ¼-ounce Luhr Jensen Speed Trap in the crystal craw color and throw it on a 7-foot JB Custom Rods medium cranking rod with a Lew’s reel spooled up with 12-pound fluorocarbon.”

Another productive March technique is fishing riprap with an Alabama rig. The rocks are an excellent source of heat, and most are near deep water access for sudden cold snaps. He prefers a 5-wire style rigged with white Keitech swimbaits on 1/8-ounce jigheads with light-wire hooks that can be pulled free from the rocks on 20-poundfluorocarbon. While many productive riprap areas can be found along causeways back in creeks, this scenario brings the main-lake back into play, especially the US 64 causeway where a number of 10- and 11-pounders have been caught in March.

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Lake report jordan 2021 fishing

Jordan: Level: Full pool. Temp: 72 degrees.Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: John Pollard of Bamaspots Guide Service reports, “The fishing is good. We are catching decent numbers early in the mornings that are shallow in grass around shad spawn activity. If you find a shad spawn early, a Crusher 3/8-oz. spinnerbait has worked well in a shad pattern. Later in the day, we’re catching some spotted bass and largemouth out of brushpiles in 10 to 15 feet of water on main-lake points and humps. Try a Crusher Hammerhead with a green-pumpkin stick worm along with a pond-scum 1/2-oz. heavy finesse jig. We are also having a lot of luck on finesse worms dragged on a Carolina rig, and also with a Crusher Lures heavy finesse jig in green pumpkin. Pull the bait fairly fast until it gets to a brushpile, and then dead stick—that’s been a good retrieve. Any natural color like green pumpkin or watermelon seed is good for both baits. Crankbaits in shad colors have been hit or miss most days, but cranking has definitely been better the first half of day.”

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Jordan Lake crappie

Jordan Lake crappie not deep, not quite shallow yet

Guide Freddie Sinclair has been whacking the crappie at North Carolina’s B. Everett Jordan Lake the past several days. And he expects the action to get even better over the next 10 days.

Sinclair, from Clayton, N.C., said slabs have been up on flats, but they haven’t gone to the bank to spawn just yet.

“We’re catching them long-line trolling right now,” he said. “Some people are tight-lining vertically, but I’m catching them long-lining in 5 to 7 feet of water. They’re still moving, and the cold fronts have got them a little scattered now. One day they’re shallow, the next day out. But we’ve been catching them pretty well. The fishing has been good in the upper end of the lake, but it’s been pretty good at mid-lake, too, on either side of (US) 64.”

“They’re up on the flats, but they aren’t going to the bank yet. They’re scattered, not concentrated on anything in particular.”

Lightweight jigs, soft plastics, live minnows are catching them

That situation is perfect for long-line trolling, as it allows anglers like Sinclair (919-553-4547) to cover a lot of water and fish different parts of the water column by using jigs of different weights.

“I have been catching them on  1/48- and 1/32-ounce jigs,” he said. “I’ve been fishing soft-plastic curlytails; pink/white has worked pretty well, and I’ve been using a Bobby Garland Stroll’R. But most of the fish I’m catching on jigheads tipped with minnows.”

Jordan Lake crappie

Sinclair said the surface water temperature on Tuesday was 59.2 degrees. He found 62.9-degree water last weekend when the weather turned unseasonably warm.

“The next full moon is April 8, and between now and then, they’re really going to pile in (to the bank),” he said. “If the (air) temperature gets up to 80 this weekend like they’re saying, it could happen.”

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Jordan Lake, North Carolina Fishing

Location and Fishing Information: Jordan Lake covers just under 14,000 acres of surface area and is sometimes known as the New Hope Dam and the B. Everett Jordan Project. There is a maximum depth of 140 feet and an average depth of approximately 14 feet. There are some issues with Jordan Lake’s water quality from the trash accumulation during its creation, however the bass fishing here is pretty good.

Popular fishing species in Jordan Lake

There are numerous different species of fish to find on this body of water. So,what type of fish are in this lake? You can find White Crappie, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, White Bass and Catfish on these waters.

Species Regulations

Bass: The size and limit depends on what body of water you are fishing. You can find the game fish chart here.

Crappie: Most areas of North Carolina waters the minimum size is at least 8 inches, however there are other lakes and reservoirs that have different stipulations which can be found here

Walleye: Most lakes there is no size limit and the Creel limit is 8 except for a select few areas.

Sauger: There is a 15 inch minimum and a Creel limit of 8 statewide.

Sunfish: 30 Creel limit but you can have no more than 12 redbreast sunfish.

Non-Gamefish: Certain restrictions apply.

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Marinas on this lake

Marina Name: Crosswinds Boating Center

Address: 565 Farrington Rd, Apex, NC 27523


Phone: (919) 387-7011

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