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Guide To Fishing At Lake Tillery

AKA: Tillery Lake, Tillery Reservoir

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Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, white perch, yellow perch and striped bass at Lake Tillery in North Carolina.

Lake Tillery, NC

Healthy populations of bass, crappie and perch reside in Lake Tillery, a 5,200-acre lake located in the central part of the state, at Norwood, NC. However one of the biggest draws to fishermen are the giant blue catfish that swim in this reservoir. Worms, shrimp and cut bait are some of the favorite baits for catfish fishing in Lake Tillery. Fat crappie and plentiful sunfish make this a lake for the whole family where everyone can enjoy the "catching"! Two marinas and a boat rental location offer everything you need for boating and water sport activities. Lots of shoreline miles lined with trees and docks make excellent places to cast a lure. Fishing from shore is popular, with easy access all around the lake.

Fishing Boats For Rent In North Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Lake Tillery

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass

Lake Tillery Amenities

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

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Tillery Boat Rentals
Rentals: Bass Tracker fishing boats and pontoons
844 845-5379

Lilly's Bridge Marina
Rentals: Bass boats, kayaks, pontoons and deck boats
910 439-0067


Lilly's Bridge Marina
1183 Lillys Bridge Rd
Mt Gilead, NC 27306
910 439-0067

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lilly’s Bridge Access Area
Located just south of the bridge, this is a well appointed boat launch access point. It has plenty of paved parking, three docks and a two-lane concrete ramp.

Morrow Mountain Boat Launch
Located on the west side of the lake, in the northwest corner of the lake, this access point is at the end of Morrow Mountain Road. It is a small, concrete, one-lane ramp with a dock and ample paved parking.

Norwood Boat Access
With gravel parking for over two dozen vehicles with trailers, plus a dock, this two-lane boat launch ramp serves visitors to the west side of the lake via Lakeshore Drive.

Stony Mountain Access Area
It is situated at the south end of Lake Tillery Road, mid lake, on the west side of the lake. The two-lane boat ramp has a dock and paved parking for thirty or more vehicles.

Swift Island Lake Tillery Boat Access
Located at the convergence of Highway 27 and Highway 73, in the east sector of the lake, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with two docks and tons of paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Norwood Campground - 704 474-3800

Twin Harbor Property Owners Campground - 910 439-6129

Lake Tillery Family Campground - 704 985-3700

Lake Tillery NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Lake Tillery
Lilly's Bridge Marina
1183 Lillys Bridge Rd
Mt Gilead, NC 27306
910 439-2104


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Lake Tillery in North Carolina.

Plentiful bass, crappie and perch fishing in central NC.

Fishing at Lake Tillery, in North Carolina.