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Lake Glenville, NC

Popular Fish Species Lake Glenville, NC

Lake Glenville Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Bass fishing in Lake Glenville for quality bass can often run hot and cold. Lately the fishing has been better than usual, with a good outlook for future years. Big bass are thriving in Lake Glenville due to excellent fisheries management, good forage and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. 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 fishing Lake Glenville on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Lake Glenville Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Thanks to good fisheries management by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, a healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Lake Glenville this year. May and June are generally the best time for weekend anglers to catch walleye. During this time they tend to move shallower and closer to shore. Other times of the year they are more likely to roam around in deeper water. As always, staying close by schools of baitfish. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times.

Lake Glenville Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Lake Glenville is on the rise. The best methods for catching rainbow trout here include using worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, and small crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish.

Lake Glenville Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill and bream at Lake Glenville in North Carolina.

Healthy populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass which feed on schools of blueback herring and bream, make Lake Glenville a bass fishing paradise. This is a 1,470-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, located just miles southwest of Creswell, NC. In addition to great bass fishing, these waters provide opportunities for crappie, catfish, trout, sunfish and walleye anglers to enjoy some excellent fishing. Local marinas and boat rental options can assist with watercraft needs. Public boat launch ramps provide easy access to the lake. Kayak and canoe fishing is popular, as is fishing from shore at a variety of locations around the lake. Pockets, points, coves and channels provide a wide variety for the many fish species in the lake to hold and feed.

Lake Glenville, nestled in the scenic mountains of North Carolina, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene and picturesque fishing experience. This stunning reservoir, also known as Thorpe Reservoir, offers anglers a variety of fish species and breathtaking natural beauty.

One of the primary fish species that attract anglers to Lake Glenville is the smallmouth bass. The clear waters and rocky shorelines provide excellent habitats for smallmouth bass, making it an exciting target for anglers. Whether you prefer casting with artificial lures or using live bait, Lake Glenville offers ample opportunities to hook into these feisty fighters. Catching a smallmouth bass against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains creates a truly memorable fishing experience.

Lake Glenville is also home to other popular fish species, including largemouth bass, trout, walleye, and crappie. Anglers can explore different fishing techniques and baits to target their desired species. Trout fishing is particularly popular, with rainbow trout and brown trout being stocked in the lake. The cool, clear waters of Lake Glenville provide an ideal environment for trout fishing.

Lake Glenville in North Carolina offers anglers a remarkable fishing experience amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. With its diverse fish species, including smallmouth bass, trout, walleye, and more, the lake provides opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers. Lake Glenville promises unforgettable fishing memories in a truly picturesque setting.

Fishing Boats For Rent In North Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Lake Glenville

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill

Lake Glenville Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Lake Glenville, and the lake offers boat ramps and marinas for easy access. Whether you prefer cruising in a motorized boat, kayaking, or canoeing, the lake provides ample space for boating and exploring its scenic coves and inlets. Boaters can enjoy the peacefulness of the lake, take in the stunning mountain views, and find their favorite fishing spots.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lakeshore Marina
Rentals: Kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
828 743-9998

Signal Ridge Marina
Rentals: Canoes and pontoons
828 743-2143


Cedar Point Landings
4312 NC-107
Glenville, NC 28736

Lakeshore Marina
2956 Pine Creek Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828 743-9998

Signal Ridge Marina
4769 NC-107
Glenville, NC 28736
828 743-2143

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Powerhouse Boat Launch
This is a small, concrete boat launch ramp with a dock and limited gravel parking. It is located in the very northeast corner of the lake.

Fishing Guides On Lake Glenville

Dream Catchers Guide Service - bass

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Lake Glenville, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, there are options to suit different preferences and comfort levels. Camping near Lake Glenville allows anglers to extend their fishing adventure and fully enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Ralph J Andrews Recreation Park Campground - 828 743-3923

Lake Glenville NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Glenville
Lakeshore Marina
4623 NC-107
Glenville, NC 28736
828 743-9998


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