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Bear Creek Lake - Fishing Opportunities

Largemouth bass

The bass fishery at Bear Creek Lake is in excellent condition. Six years have now passed since the lake and fishery renovation and bass sizes reflect an almost new lake phenomenon. Department samples indicate a healthy population with many fish over 15 inches and good numbers of young fish entering the system. Density of largemouth bass is average for Southside Virginia waters and anglers should enjoy a very active fishery at Bear Creek.

Panfish

For angler seeking something besides largemouth bass, Bear Creek also provides home for bluegill, redear sunfish, and black crappie. Bluegill is the predominate panfish species with good numbers and good sizes of fish in the population. Fish over 8 inches are not uncommon but most of the population is in the 5-7 inch range. Redear sunfish are also common at Bear Creek but there numbers are roughly 1/3rd those of bluegill. Redear have good potential to reach 10 inches and above but have not done so at this reservoir yet. Black crappie are also present but in limited number and size.

Channel catfish

Channel catfish are stocked annually at 10 fish per acre to provide an alternative fishery to Bear Creek Lake anglers.