Memorial Weekend at Kerr Lake

A Weekend of Fishing with the Betz Family, Kerr Lake, Henderson, NC

50,000-acre reservoir with 800-miles of forested shoreline!


Michelle and I spent the weekend with Dan and Patti Betz at their waterfront home on Kerr Lake.  Each time we go, we always stop off at Green Top Sporting Goods in Glen Allen, Virginia, which beats Bass Pro Shops.  Within two miles of each other, this section of Route 1 has a Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops, Green Top, bass boat dealer and Carolina Skiff dealer and two BBQ smokehouses.  Plus Ukrop’s pecan pies!  What more could you ask for?  


The Betz residence in Henderson, NC.


Dan’s Ranger bass boat got us to the fishing holes.


Satterwhite’s Provisions is more or less directly across the reservoir from Dan’s cove.

We fished every early morning from about 6:00 AM till 9:00 AM and again every evening from about 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM.


At one location where a power line crossed the lake, we observed a heron rookery.


Each of these four nests were active with young in the nests.  The nests were about 80-high, up over the water, and the adult birds were constantly flying back and forth in service to the young.


In one cove while fishing, we watched a person catching shad, so that he could troll for striped bass.


I caught this bass with a Senko worm, casting between flooded timber, and up and under black willow bushes,


Dan caught this bass right in his cove (house in the background) using a topwater buzz bait.


We went on to catch a few more bass along the shorelines using noisy spinnerbaits and buzzbaits.  We also saw our first summertime lightening bugs of the year.


Sunrise on the lake, as the fog begins to lift.


The best pattern of the weekend was to fish the standing mats of woolgrass in coves.


We also exploited stony points with Carolina rigs, shoreline structure, flooded timber, SAV beds and spatterdock pads.


Berkeley Havoc worm, alongside buttonbush stick-up’s.


YUM worm, from a grove of flooded buttonbush.


Dan fished a double fluke over SAV and drew this bass.


Dan used the double fluke for much of the weekend, and I was impressed at how well the lure performed.  The flukes were Reaction Innovation White Trash, where he tied two lines with hooks, one chasing the other, using a splitter ring.


Every afternoon we motored the lake in a pontoon boat, beached and swam in the 80-degree water.  The beer flowed and the evening campfires made for a nice atmosphere, and good food too.

The night skies were dark and brilliant, and the song of various frogs were loud.


In one cove, we watched a prothonotary warbler work a series of dead snags for insects.


The prothonotary is a migratory, forest interior dwelling species (FID).  It winters in Central and South America (Columbia and Venezuela).  It’s summer breeding grounds are the American southeastern states, always preferring large forested tracts with swamps, wetlands and streams.  This species nest in cavities of dead trees, and is a striking yellow to yellow-orange color.

The word prothonotary is a Roman Catholic word meaning, a rank of Doctor of Theology and Cannon Law (usually a priest), who work on Papal Law.  Prothonotaries wear/wore bright yellow vestments as a signature of their position, and hence the name of the bird.

Thank you Dan and Patti for a wonderful weekend.