With temps trying to climb into the 60’s in early February, it’s the perfect time to think ahead of warm temps, cool water, and great times on High Rock Lake.
Every month there are organized activities from fishing tournaments to large-scale spectator events. Check out what’s hot on my #LakeLiving list for the 2020 recreation season.
A 2020 VIEW OF HIGH ROCK LAKE’S HAPPENINGS
- March: Opening of Water’s Edge Dock and Grill
- March – April: Hill’s Minnow Farm Crappie Round UP
- April: Earth Day (look for organized river and cove cleanups)
- July 4th: Holiday HRLA annual dock decorating competition
- July 25th: Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival at the Shrine Club
- September 19th: HRLCleanSweep with collection site at Second Dutch Creek
- And I hear there may be a few new Poker Runs scheduled on Rowan County side of HRL
Of course, there is ongoing weekly fun to be had on the lake and nearby, including karaoke at Tamarac Marina every weekend. Always check out their Facebook page for lunch and dinner specials!
Speaking of ongoing fun, there is fishing 24/7 on High Rock Lake. But how can you fish like the experienced fishermen?
FISHING ON HIGH ROCK LAKE IS FOR EVERYONE
If you read my fishing blog last year, you know that I am NOT the authority with fishing on High Rock Lake. Since I get to see the lake everyday and still don’t have a clue how to snag catfish, bass, or crappie, I decided to get with an expert – I reached out to Yadkin Lakes Crappie Guides. Shane Walser grew up nearby and visited High Rock Lake a ton as a child since his uncle had a place on the lake. Shane spent countless hours fishing off the pier before he got his first johnboat. He eventually moved up to a bass boat. Fishing became a hobby, that turned into a passion and soon a business with a focus on crappie fishing.
Over the years, Shane learned the tricks of the trade from more experienced tournament participants. “I’ve been tournament fishing now for 10 years. Fishing High Rock is different from Tuckertown, Badin, and even Tillery. High Rock is a free-flowing lake and can be muddy in coves. Badin for instance, although a smaller lake, is deeper and a bit clearer, because of the Tuckertown dam,” said Walser. “Crappie fishing and tutoring is fun for me and it’s a good way of introducing the sport of fishing to a younger generation. I love teaching people new things and its great to see some of my customers ‘graduate’ to tournament fishing down the road.”
The fishing guide business is busy year-round. Walser has a full-time job and now a partner with the service so that they can accommodate the requests coming in. Walser continued to say, “We don’t advertise our guide service in traditional media, although social media and word of mouth are our best way of getting the word out. We also meet lots of folks at N.C. Wildlife ramps or at Hill’s Minnow Farm and just start talking. We offer full day, half day, and even night fishing. Normally it’s two fishermen in the boat so it’s cost effective for everyone to enjoy the service.”
“Our service has a few different boats for customers so that they have a better feel for reading electronic gauges and learning how to maneuver boats in and around the fish habitats. It’s all about getting an advantage or edge over the tournament competition. Our customers come from all over the region; I have one guy from Charlotte who has hired me three to four times, as he is looking for an edge for the upcoming tournaments. There are even a few ongoing customers who prefer to use their own boats during our guide trips.”
There are a few other fishing guides that know their way around the Yadkin River lakes and the other bodies of water in N.C. Some specialize in bass fishing, or even fly fishing, and on the coast, deep-sea fishing may be your thing, depending what your fishing pleasure is and what part of the state you are in.
For more information on Yadkin Lakes Crappie Guide, check out their Facebook page or call Shane at 336-978-3737.
Check out http://www.fishingguide365.com/ for another fishing guide service found here on High Rock Lake!
And for more information on crappie fishing around the country, check out WWW.Crappie.com
CHECK OUT OUR OWN CRAPPIE TRAIL
Shane created the Yadkin Crappie Trail after participating in the American Crappie Trail Tournament, in Alabama. “This event was great to see firsthand, with 70 boats and the winner taking a $30,000 prize and a Ranger fishing boat! Events like that make the sport grow. I enjoy watching major league fishing events, as your skills are on the line – literally,” commented Walser.
“The goal of the Yadkin Crappie Trail is to keep it local and stay on the Yadkin River chain. The events are one day shows, without making it a traveling tournament. We are kid friendly – many of our teams are comprised of two adults and one child. The Yadkin River Crappie Trail membership fee is $10 and pays for the organization to maintain the rules, get the tournaments properly scheduled on the four Yadkin River lakes, and have a money prize for the winner,” said Walser. “When we fish at HRL we launch at Tamarac Marina with weigh-ins either at Tamarac or Hill’s. We normally have 16 to 22 boats participating.”
I hope to see you all out on the lake!
I would love to hear from you on what your favorite lake activity is, or someone that you would like me to feature in 2020. Please email me at highrock@YourRowan.com
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N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created by the General Assembly in 1947 to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of N.C. fishing, hunting, trapping, and boating laws.
When the lake gets busy, trash happens. Good thing Rowan County has fantastic community-minded individuals and groups to take care of the well-being of High Rock Lake. And we need you to join us! There are ample opportunities in the coming weeks to clean, learn and enjoy the lake.
I know we are all ready to get out on the lake, but are we? We have been on High Rock Lak a thousand times but really what should we do BEFORE we get out there and let the breeze flow through our hair?