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By Rick Seaman

Fishing For Big Bass at Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake awaits your visit for a day of fishing

Known primarily as a bass fishing destination, this lake offers much more to anglers who enjoy catching crappie, catfish, white bass, perch and striped bass.

Most Popular Fish Species In Jordan Lake, NC

Lake Jordan Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are thriving in Jordan Lake due to fertile water and excellent aquatic vegetation and grasses. These provide cover for both baitfish and bass. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has done a great job maintaining a good largemouth fishery here.

Fishing for bass at Jordan Lake is good in Spring when they work through the spawning process, they find areas in the backs of Morgan Creek, Cub Creek, Overcup Creek, Bush Creek, Parkers Creek, The Haw River, Beaver Creek, Little Beaver Creek, and in the bay behind the Farrington Road Bridge. Robeson Creek is another good area, and includes a launch area for canoes and kayaks. In these protected areas bass stage just outside shallow bedding areas until they are ready to lay the eggs. Look for holding spots in the 8 to 15 foot range. After which, the female move out to deeper water nearby to rest and prepare to feed and gather their strength back.

Many submerged roadbeds cross these creeks and become ideal spots to find bass. The roadbed in the back of Little Beaver Creek also includes the remnants of a collapsed bridge, which is always a good spot to look for bass. Bass also hang out in shallow water all around the lake during summer and during warmer fall days. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits.

In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. A good place to headquarter during fishing trips is Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

Local bass fishing guides, Captain Mario of Fishin Faith Guide Service, Greg Griffin at Greggofish Guide Service, and Joel Munday at Outdoor Expeditions USA consistently finds bass for clients, year round.

Lake Jordan Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

This is considered by many to be one of the best crappie fishing lakes in the country. The lake supports populations of both black and white crappie, with black crappie being the most dominant, and tend to run quite big here.

Current outlook. This year the fish population is healthy and crappie fishing is excellent, and can be caught year-round. Crappie like cover, structure,shallow brush and vegetation in spring and fall, focusing on the 8 to 12 foot range. In Spring during the spawn, crappie move to quiet backwaters. Brush piles, anywhere on the lake, are likely to have crappie hanging around.

As the crappie move deep in Summer and Winter, follow points out to as deep as 20 to 25 feet. Also look for cover on ledges nearby channels at these depths.

Bridge pilings on most all the bridges crossing the lake, are a great place to find crappie, especially in the cold winter months. Try the bridges on Farrington Road, Beaver Creek Road and the one Highway 64 bridge by Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

Lake Jordan Popular Fish -Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

A healthy population of channel cats roam these waters and are eager to feed all around the lake. Gizzard shad, threadfin shad and small sunfish are the primary food source for them in Jordan Lake.

Fish for catfish around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin, concentrating on 10 to 15 foot deep, or even slightly deeper at times.

Fishing for catfish at night is always better than daytime, as channel catfish do most of their feeding at night. Choose the right tackle and rigging to increase catch rates. White catfish also reside here, in even bigger numbers.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch and striped bass at Jordan Lake in North Carolina.

Fishing Piers

The Beaver Creek Fishing Pier and Bells Church Fishing Pier both offer easy access for anglers to fish without a boat.

Currently, bass, crappie and catfish dominate the attention of anglers at Jordan Lake, as they have for some time. This is a 14,000-acre reservoir in the north-central part of the state, with a mixed variety of fish species to appeal to anyone who enjoys fresh-water fishing. This year locals are also focusing on sunfish, striped bass, and white bass, which round out the primary fishing options.

Around 180 miles of shoreline provide plenty of fishing opportunities for kayak, boat, canoe or shoreline fishing. There is plenty of aquatic vegetation in the lake to keep it fertile and sustain a healthy food chain. Marinas, campgrounds, eateries, lodging, stores and local guides are plentiful in the area. Boat rentals are also available on the lake and there is public boat ramps for launching personal watercraft.

Come for a day of fishing, or bring the family for an extended vacation here at Lake Jordan. The fishing is great, the scenery is beautiful and the locals are very friendly!

Jordan Lake, located in central North Carolina, near Raleigh, North Carolina, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a diverse range of fish species. The lake spans over 13,900 acres and offers anglers ample opportunities to cast for either numbers, or for quality among numerous fish species.

One of the standout species in Jordan Lake is the largemouth bass. The lake is known for its excellent bass fishing, with plenty of opportunities to target these prized game fish. Anglers can explore the lake's coves, points, and submerged structures to find bass hotspots. Flipping, pitching, and topwater fishing can all be effective in enticing these largemouth bass. Jordan Lake is renowned for producing trophy-sized bass, making it an exciting destination for bass anglers of all levels of experience.

Other popular species in the lake include catfish, sunfish, striped bass, and hybrid bass, offering anglers a diverse range of fishing opportunities.

Lake Jordan, NC

Jordan Lake in North Carolina is a premier fishing destination with a variety of fish species and recreational activities to enjoy. From targeting largemouth bass, to pursuing crappie, catfish, and more, anglers have plenty of opportunities to experience thrilling fishing adventures. Jordan Lake is a must-visit destination for a memorable fishing trip in North Carolina.

Fishing Boats For Rent In North Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Jordan Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White Catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Bass Yellow Perch Striped bass

Jordan Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating, especially for fishing, is a popular activity on Jordan Lake, and the lake provides ample space and amenities for boaters to enjoy their time on the water. The lake features several boat ramps, marinas, and fishing boat rental services, making it easy to launch a boat or rent one for the day. Whether you prefer a powerboat, pontoon, kayak, or canoe, Jordan Lake offers plenty of room to explore, fish, and enjoy water-based activities.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Crosswinds Boating Center Marina
Rentals: Kayaks
919 387-7011


Crosswinds Boating Center Marina
565 Farrington Rd
Apex, NC 27523
919 387-7011

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Crosswinds Boat Ramp
This small, three-lane, concrete launch ramp is located at the south end of the Farmington Road Bridge. It has limited, gravel parking.

Ebenezer Boat Ramp
Located at the north end of the Beaver Creek Road Bridge, this four-lane, concrete ramp has two docks and plenty of paved parking.

Farrington Point Boat Ramp
Two docks and plenty of paved parking offers a four-lane ramp. There is also a portage ramp for small, non-motorized boats.

New Hope Boat Ramp
Three docks and six concrete ramps are supported with plenty of paved parking at this launch in the lower part of the main lake basin. Access is via W.H. Jones Road from Pea Ridge Road.

Parkers Creek Boat Ramp
This is a small concrete ramp with limited parking. It is located at the end of Parkers Creek Recreation Road, off I-64.

Poe's Ridge Boat Ramp
Located at the extreme southern tip of the lake, this launch includes three concrete ramps, a dock and paved parking for more than fifty vehicles with trailers. Access is via Moncure School Road from the Jordan Dam Road.

Poplar Point Boat Ramp
Located in Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, this is a four-lane, concrete launch ramp with paved parking for about fifty vehicles.

Seaforth Boat Ramp
This six-lane, concrete launch ramp has docks and plentiful parking. It is located off I-64 at Seaforth.

Vista Point Boat Launch
Excellent paved parking and two docks enhance this four-lane boat launch ramp, located at the east end of N. Pea Ridge Road.

Fishing Guides On Jordan Lake

Fishin Faith NC Guide Service - Bass - crappie

Greggofish Guide Service - Bass - crappie - stripers

Outdoor Expeditions USA - Bass - crappie

Lake Jordan Fishing Video

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Jordan Lake, offering a chance to extend your fishing trip. The lake has multiple campgrounds and RV parks with various amenities, including picnic areas, hiking trails, and access to the lake for fishing from the bank. Camping by the lake provides the opportunity to fish at your campsite.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Jordan Lake State Rec Area- Poplar Point Campground - 919 362-0586

Jordan Lake Vista Point Family Campground - 919 362-0586

Parkers Creek Campground - 919 362-0586

Jordan Lake NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Jordan Lake
Jordan Lake Marina
565 Farrington Rd
Apex, NC 27523
919 387-7011

Rick Seaman

About Rick Seaman
Fishing enthusiast, retired professional bass angler, writer, editor of, and co-author of the bass fishing book "It's not WHAT you throw, it's WHERE you throw it!"


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