Short Take: 12,455 acres; river-type lake filled with underwater stumps, boat docks, long points, excellent structure, no vegetation. If there is a “mystery lake” in the South, the title should probably be given to Lake Wylie, a 12,455-acre impoundment on the Catawba River in North and South Carolina. The mystery is why this lake, first impounded in 1904 and then enlarged by a new dam in 1924, continues to produce as many bass as it does. Part of the mystery might be answered by the fact Lake Wylie has a tremendous shad population, so the largemouths certainly have plenty to eat.
The question then can be asked why this particular Duke Power Company lake, the oldest in their Catawba River system, has the baitfish when others just upriver do not. The answer to that question is still unknown, and even deepens the mystery, since Wylie does not contain any aquatic vegetation, considered by many to be one of the keys to any successful bass/forage fishery. The lake instead is lined with boat docks and private piers, and is characterized by large, winding tributary creeks with pockets, long points, underwater stump fields, and basically dingy water. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.
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