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north carolina lakesThe final lake on the Upper Tuckasegee River system we visited is small Cedar Cliff. Weighing in at a 121 acres and about 4.5 miles of shoreline, Cedar Cliff was no lightweight by any means. In fact, we had our best largemouth days there.

I suppose I should explain the largemouth issue. Wolf Creek, Bear and Cedar Cliff lakes, on this river system, are touted to be smallmouth, trout and walleye waters. We were told there were few largemouths in them. So, we decided to target the largemouths. So far, Wolf Creek and Bear gave us decent largemouth catches, with Wolf tossing some smallies in for good measure. Cedar Cliff gave us excellent largemouth mouth results. I agree that the populations are probably small, both in densities and size. But, there are definitely largemouths in all of the waters.

The road to Cedar Cliff's graveled parking area and one-lane concrete ramp is definitely not for oversized vehicles. But, we got the big STRATOS in there somehow. Once on the water, it was great.

cedar creek lake We zipped quickly to the headwaters and found a huge concrete structure with a turbine for generating power. Just below that, we located the start of the old river channel running through the lake. We also found a good amount of grass growing along the bottom and in the sides of the flats. It is thin, narrow grass and not really what is required to hold fish. But, it does provide a part of the food chain for the smaller fishes.

The best lures were small 2 and 4 inch plastic worms fished slow, but at a STEADY pace. Sort of like fishing a Slider. My wife used a 4 inch Slider worm on a 16th oz jighead, while I used my little Bitty Bite worm and two BB split shots for weight. Light tackle and 6 lb line were also used.

NOTE: we are using Fireline in this gin-clear water and the fish don't seem to mind a bit. We switched to clear 6 lb. mono for awhile and it made no difference in catch rates. So much for 'smart' fish being spooked by seeing the line!

Cedar Cliff gave us a dozen fish, with my wife Dot getting the biggy of our NC trips, so far. The largemouth was a little under 4 lbs and probably 10 years old in the this cold water country.

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