The science and the secrets of catching dinner in Fishing Creek Lake.

At over 3,300 acres, Fishing Creek Lake is an angler’s dream. And what makes it so ideal for bass fishing is the varied underwater terrain. Local anglers recommend looking for areas with a depth of about 15 feet, where you’ll find underwater features such as woody cover, drops, ledges, and humps.

Fishing creek lake — figures

  • 3,300 surface acres of water
  • 61 miles of shoreline
  • Full-pond elevation is 417.2 feet

Fishing Creek Lake — Facts

  • Built in 1916 by Duke Energy.
  • Limited access to the lake keeps the area from being over crowded and assures a quiet body of water ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
  • Kayakers and many canoe enthusiasts will enjoy the solitude.
  • The 30-mile stretch of the Catawba River between Wylie Hydro and the upper end of Fishing Creek Lake is now the longest portion of the Catawba River that remains dam free.
  • The Department of Natural resources has built fish attraction structures to improve fishing at several spots.
  • Series of reservoirs downstream: Great Falls Reservoir has no public access and Rocky Creek Lake — better known as Stumpy Pond — has several.


Primary Fish Found in Fishing Creek Lake
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Catfish
Birds commonly seen above Fishing Creek lake
  • Bald Eagles
  • Snowy Egrets
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
  • Wood Stork
other wildlife
found in edgewater
  • Deer
  • Wild Turkeys
  • Swan
  • Crane
  • Rabbits