Back to the lake for a catch
Fishing enthusiasts angling for a fresh place to toss a lure will have a chance to return to Randleman Lake beginning later this week.
The region’s latest venue for recreational fishing will open for its fourth season at 8 a.m. Friday. Randleman Regional Reservoir concludes its fishing season at the end of November, then resumes at the first of March as a sign of the approach of spring.
Chief Lake Warden Randy Howard expects a robust turnout Friday morning, in part because the weather should turn pleasant.
“The last weather forecast I saw, it was looking pretty good. It would be cool in the morning, but it would be up around 50 degrees or so (later Friday),” Howard told The High Point Enterprise.
Also, the calls and messages to the marina from fishermen asking about the lake’s reopening bodes well for a strong turnout Friday and this weekend, he said.
The most popular catch sought by fishermen at Randleman Lake is largemouth bass, Howard said. But the lake also is stocked with crappie, catfish, brim, carp and perch.
Howard encourages fishermen who come out for the season opening to bring their patience along with the rods and reels.
“There’s going to be a line at the gate. We’ve only got three ramps, and the line can start to build up,” he said.
One sign of the lake’s popularity is the increase in recreational boats last year compared to 2011. Lake staff allowed 8,768 boats to put in during last fishing season, compared to 8,454 during the 2011 season, according to figures from the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority.
During normal weeks, the lake is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, then open to fishing on Wednesdays through Sundays. But the lake does open on select Mondays and Tuesdays during long holiday weekends such as Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Anglers can fish from boats or a marina pier at the shore. Daily fishing fees range from $3 to fish off the pier to $15 or more, depending on the number of people, to go out on a gasoline-powered boat, according to the Water Authority that oversees the lake.
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The fishing season at Randleman Regional Reservoir opens at 8 a.m. Friday at the marina near Randleman off U.S. 220 at 7123 Adams Farm Road in Randolph County. For details on fishing and recreational boating at Randleman Lake, check the website http://www.ptrwa.org/rec.htm