Carters Lake Fishing Report – June 2023

GON Staff | May 24, 2023

Carters: Level: 0.5 above 1074. Temp: 75 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Walleye: Eric Crowley, of Lake And Stream Guide Service, reports, “Last month was wide open on this deep lake. The bait spawn was super fun with lots of activity from walleyes, big stripers and some magnum spots. The walleye have been up shallow feeding really well at night from 5 to 20 feet deep. The jerkbait/crankbait bite was great last week and should continue for a while. Dark-colored lures fished up against the shoreline has been our go-to method. During the day, the walleye are sliding down into 40 to 60 feet of water avoiding the summer sunshine. Live alewives and nightcrawlers fished on a jig or a small circle hook is the best way to catch them during the daytime.”

Here’s a client and a nice walleye caught while fishing in the boat of Eric Crowley. Eric guides on Carters and Blue Ridge and does well with the walleye.

Stripers: Guide Eric Crowley reports, “The stripers have started heading deep in the last week as the temps rise. We are catching fish as deep as 50 feet already and expect to see this continue as we go into summer. Live, fresh alewives are still the choice of champions to trick them onto your hook. We have started to downsize leaders and hook size already, with 12-lb. leaders, 1/0 hooks and 1.5-oz. sinkers working good right now. The bigger the baits, the more attention they seem to get from the striped fish. As far as location goes, the fish are still in the creeks early but are cruising humps and points after sunup. The night bite for stripers has been pretty good, as well as fishing over the Hydroglow lights near the boat ramps or on main-lake points.” 

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