Fishing Facilities:  The club lake is about eleven acres and contains a healthy population of largemouth bass and bluegills. For general enjoyment, the lake area is complete with a covered shelter, several picnic tables, and barbecue grills. Although no gas-powered boats are allowed, members may fish from their own boats or the shore.

Public Use:  The fishing facilities are not open to the public. Guests must be accompanied by a member to fish at the lake.

Fishing at Durham County Wildlife Club

It’s hard to believe, but some members of Durham County Wildlife club don’t even own a gun. Yet year after year, they renew their memberships. Why? The lake.

The lake is about eleven acres in size, which is about ten percent of the total club property. It is an excellent natural resource that provides club members and their families a great place to fish in a scenic, safe, and relaxing surrounding. There are several picnic tables and barbeque pits.

The lake contains a healthy population of largemouth bass and bluegills. There are also a few crappie and warmouth, which are considered undesirables. There are also a few triploid grass carps which were put in to control aquatic weeds.

During the cooler months of the year (November – May), the lake is stocked with rainbow trout. This is a fairly new project that has been very successful and popular with the club anglers. The trout are a catch and release species until springtime when members are encouraged to take their catch home for dinner before the water becomes too warm to support the trout. Lures for trout during the catch and release season are restricted to artificials to minimize the mortality that is associated with gut-hooking a trout which often happens when bait fishing. In the spring, signs will be posted letting everyone know that the season is open to keep the trout and the restrictions on using bait are lifted. This is a great time to bring worms or Powerbaits and let the kids catch some tasty trout! Fishing with minnows is still restricted.

One can use all legal manners of tackle for fishing at the lake. Natural bait including live baits (crickets and worms) always work well. No minnows allowed. Artificial lures with spinning and casting tackle work well too. Fly fishing at the lake has become very popular, especially when the trout are stocked.

While gas-powered boats are not allowed, many members use canoes, belly boats, kick boats, and even waders. However, good fishing can be had fishing from the bank.

Members are encouraged to harvest all bluegills, warmouth, and crappies, even if they are very small. Most members practice “catch and release” for bass. The lake contains some “trophy-sized” bass, bluegill, crappie, and trout. http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/Fishing-Records/NC-Angler-Recognition-Program-NCARP. If you’re lucky enough to tie into one of those trophy fish, please handle it gently while you take a picture and release as quickly as possible to ensure its survival. These big fish are too valuable to be caught just once. Give another member a thrill to remember!

Our lake is managed, and maintained by Lake Committee volunteers. Member’s dues pay for fish stocking, as well as chemicals (lime, weed control, and fertilizer) needed to keep the lake and fish healthy. The result is a valuable aquatic resource for all club members. Best of all, fishing pressure is moderate to very light. It’s quite a place to introduce your children or grandchildren to this great sport.

DCWC Lake Brochure (updated Nov. 2014)

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