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Lake Tillery, NC

Popular Fish Species Lake Tillery, NC

Lake Tillery Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Lake Tillery due to excellent fisheries management by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, plus plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Lake Tillery holds many bass fishing tournaments year round. 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 on deeper structure.

Lake Tillery Popular Fish - Blue Catfish

Blue Catfish Fishing

This year blue catfish keep getting bigger and bigger in Lake Tillery. Most of the local guides offer fishing trips for catfish, and big blues are the favorite target. The state record is over 125 pounds. Fishing for blue catfish is most often productive summer around any kind of structure. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with cut bait or other popular catfish baits. Other cats in the lake include channel catfish and flathead catfish.

Lake Tillery Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie Fishing

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Lake Tillery, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Lake Tillery Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to 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.

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.

Lake Tillery, located in central North Carolina, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, boaters, and campers. This picturesque reservoir spans over 5,000 acres and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the main attractions of Lake Tillery is its excellent fishing. Anglers flock to this reservoir in search of various fish species that call it home. Largemouth bass are abundant in Lake Tillery and provide exciting action for bass anglers. The reservoir's structure, including submerged trees, brush piles, and rocky areas, offers ideal habitats for bass to thrive. Crankbaits, plastic worms, and spinnerbaits are often successful baits for targeting bass in Lake Tillery.

Crappie fishing is also popular on Lake Tillery. Anglers can find both black and white crappie in good numbers, particularly around submerged structures and bridge pilings. Spring is a particularly productive season for crappie fishing when they move closer to the shoreline for spawning.

Lake Tillery is also known for its healthy population of catfish, including channel catfish and flathead catfish. Catfish anglers can target these species using a variety of baits such as cut bait, worms, or chicken liver. The reservoir's deep channels and rocky areas are prime spots for catfish angling.

Lake Tillery in North Carolina offers a fantastic fishing experience with a variety of species, including bass, crappie, and catfish. The reservoir's scenic beauty and ample boating opportunities make it a popular destination for water enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned angler, boater, or camper, Lake Tillery provides a wonderful setting to enjoy the outdoors in North Carolina.

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a popular activity on Lake Tillery, and several boat ramps are available for easy access. Boaters can enjoy cruising the expansive waters, water skiing, or simply relaxing on a leisurely boat ride. Kayaks and canoes are also common, allowing visitors to explore the quieter coves and enjoy a more peaceful boating experience.

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.

Fishing Guides On Lake Tillery

Pogue Life Guide Service - catfish

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.

For those who wish to extend their stay, camping facilities are available near Lake Tillery. There are campgrounds with amenities such as RV hookups, tent sites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Lake Tillery allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the area and enjoy the tranquility of the lakeside.

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

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.