YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a new fishing access area on Farmer Lake near the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land, in Caswell County.
The Farmer Lake Public Fishing Access Area, located at 3268 Badgett Sisters Parkway, opened earlier this month in a ribbon cutting held by the Town of Yanceyville and the Wildlife Commission, which partnered to create this improved access for anglers.
Commission staff constructed a universally accessible, T-shaped fishing pier that extends 60 feet into the lake and measures 48 feet wide at the top of the “T.” Staff also installed a sidewalk and ramp that connects the pier to a pair of universally accessible parking spaces in a nearby gravel parking lot.
Commission staff plans to install a fish attractor near the pier soon.
Anglers fishing Farmer Lake can expect to catch largemouth bass, crappie and other sunfish, according to Jessica Baumann, a fisheries biologist with the Commission.
“Farmer Lake supports a good largemouth bass fishery, with anglers regularly catching 7-pound bass, and a 10-plus pounder was caught just the other week,” Baumann said. “The lake also supports an average crappie fishery, with 8- to 10-inch fish being caught on a regular basis.”
Other amenities at the 355-acre lake include a marina with a boat ramp, a shelter area and bathrooms. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the marina.
Construction of the pier, walkway, ramp and parking lot was funded with money from the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes funds generated from taxes on fishing tackle and other fishing-related expenditures, and fishing license receipts.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit the fishing page. For a list of all boating access areas open to the public in North Carolina, visit the boating page.
a high-resolution version of the photo above. Please credit Jessica Baumann/NCWRC