LITTLETON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2012) — Lake Gaston, a 20,300-acre reservoir located in Halifax, Warren and Northampton counties, has long been a favorite fishing spot among striped bass and largemouth bass anglers.
But what may be a surprise to many anglers is that the lake also contains a little-known and rather robust fishery for walleye, a coolwater species found mainly in larger reservoirs in western North Carolina.
Kirk Rundle, a district biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, says that walleye, also known as pike and jackfish, do well in Lake Gaston mainly because of the lake’s multiple refuges of cool, deep water and substantial rocky areas that provide good spawning habitat.
Since 2000, Commission biologists have surveyed the lake each spring, during the fish’s spawning run just downstream from the John H. Kerr Dam. From these surveys, they collect data on walleye abundance, length-and-we