There is really no better way to experience Lake Tillery than to go out for a day of fishing. Perched between Uwharrie National Forest and Morrow Mountain State Park, it is one of the most scenic lakes in North Carolina and a great place and one great place to catch fish. Some of the most commonly asked questions is what can i catch and where? Although where is harder of a question to answer than what, knowing what is in a lake is the best way to try and figure out where you should be looking! Below is a list of some of the most commonly caught fish to help you on your hunt. 




Bluegill is a freshwater fish sometimes referred to as bream, brim, or copper nose. It is a member of the sunfish family native to North America and lives in streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. It usually hides around, and inside, old tree stumps and other underwater structures. It can live in either deep or very shallow water, and will often move back and forth, depending on the time of day or season. Bluegills also like to find shelter among water plants and in the shade of trees along banks.

Flathead Catfish

The Flathead catfish, also called the Mudcat, flatty, or Shovelhead. The Flathead is a large species of North American freshwater catfish. Flatheads prefer live prey. They are voracious carnivores and feed primarily on other fish, insects, and worms. Sport fishing for flathead catfish using either rod and reel, limb lines, or bare hands. Anglers target this species in a variety of waterways, including small rivers or large rivers, and reservoirs. A common element of flathead catfish location is submerged wood cover such as logs and rootwads which often collect at bends in rivers. A good flathead spot usually also includes relatively deep water.


Large Mouth Bass 

The largemouth bass is an olive-green fish, in the North East right after ice-out, it most often has a gray color,[4] marked by a series of dark, sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank. The juvenile largemouth bass consumes mostly small bait fish, scuds, small shrimp, and insects. Adults consume smaller fish like bluegill, banded killifish, shad, snails, crawfish, frogs, snakes, salamanders, bats and even small waterbirds, mammals, and baby alligators. In larger lakes and reservoirs, adult bass occupy deeper water than younger fish, and shift to a diet consisting almost entirely of smaller fish like shad, yellow perch, ciscoes, shiners, and sunfish. It also consumes younger members of larger fish species, such as pike, catfish, trout, walleye, white bass, striped bass and even smaller black bass. Prey items can be as large as 50% of the bass's body length or larger.

Channel Catfish

The Channel Catfish is North America's most numerous catfish species. It is the official fish of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee, and is informally referred to as a "channel cat". In the United States, they are the most fished catfish species with approximately 8 million anglers targeting them per year.

Channel catfish are omnivores, and can be caught using a variety of natural and prepared baits, including crickets, night crawlers, minnows, shad, freshwater drum, crawfish, frogs, crawfish, frogs, bullheads, sunfish, chicken liver and suckers. Catfish have even been known to take ivory soap as bait and even raw steak. Jug lines, trotlines, limb lines, and bank lines are popular methods of fishing for channel catfish in addition to traditional rod-and-reel fishing. Another method uses traps, either "slat traps" — long wooden traps with an angled entrance — and wire hoop traps. Typical bait for these traps include rotten cheese and dog food. Catches of as many as 100 fish a day are common in catfish traps. An unusual method practiced in the Southeastern United States is noodling catching catfish by hand. 

When removing the hook from a catfish, anglers should be mindful of the sharp spines on the pectoral and dorsal fins.

White Bass

White bass are distributed widely across the United States. White bass are carnivores.They are visual feeders. When not frightened, they will bite readily at live bait such as worms and minnows. Only the largest fish will feed on other fish, and as the summer season progresses, there is an overall trend towards eating fewer fish

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish are often misidentified as channel catfish. Blue catfish are heavy bodied, blue-ish gray in color, and have a dorsal hump. Blue catfish are opportunistic predators and eat any species of fish they can catch, along with crawfish, freshwater mussels, frogs and other readily available aquatic food sources. Catching their prey becomes all the more easy if it is already wounded or dead, and blue catfish are noted for feeding beneath marauding schools of striped bass in open water in reservoirs or feeding on wounded baitfish that have been washed through dam spillways or power-generation turbines.