Lake Gaston December 2022

by Chris McCotter

By mid-November the water level on Gaston was around 199.50’ (200’ is full pool) and Dominion was holding the level steady. Water temperatures ranged from 49-54 degrees with the up lake section just below Kerr Dam the coolest. Anglers can expect 45-55-degree water temperatures for December in most parts of the main lake.

   Guide Rick Morris has been enjoying his full fall season since retiring from the BASSMasters Elite Series trail. He now spends his days putting clients on largemouth and spunky spotted bass, even crappie and white perch using a variety of tactics while sharing stories of fishing the Elite events.

  For December on Gaston, Morris says you will want to target largemouth bass schooled deep on and feeding on baitfish using spoons, A-rigs, swimbaits and Ned rigs. Look for them at the mouths of major creeks in 20-30’.

     Morris targets the lake’s ample spotted bass population now using Damiki rigs and drop shot rigs in 25-35’ of water around rocks and main lake points. Birds will indicate schools of baitfish now and bass (both largemouth and spots) can be under them. Gaston also harbors striper and December can a good month to start targeting them with lures.

  Call or email Morris for guided trips on Gaston.

   Holly Grove Marina is a family-friendly tackle shop, boat ramp, restaurant/gathering place on the lake and we’re glad to have them with us. Holly Grove is located about 10 minutes off I-95 at the Bracey exit on Rt. 903. 

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