Better known as a powerhouse largemouth fishery and more recently for huge blue catfish, Buggs Island is also a great lake for striper anglers. The lake is so large, these fish actually reproduce successfully. Buggs Island rockfish run all the way up the Roanoke and Dan rivers each spring so year classes are produced without supplemental stockings.
In the fall, the fish again run into the upper reservoir, not to spawn, but to follow the food bag of shad. Around the first of October, the fish will migrate into the Clarksville area. You'll should find them from Butcher's to Rudd's Creeks and at the mouth of Grassy Creek. Most of these fish are caught by anglers using live bait on freelines or free lines with sideplaners. There is some trolling going on, but the live bait fisherman out fishes the troller now.
Later in the mouth, Buggs Island stripers will linger at the mouths of Grassy and Buffalo Creek and up into the river above Clarksville. Corks on free lines are good now, as the fish feed shallower. Some stripers will also be up in Grassy and Island Creeks.
For November, stick with the same patterns as October and focus on the Clarksville and above area. This is the time to fish a bucktail off a long clay point using a bottom bouncing retrieve. Try Bluestone Creek for bigger fish (pushing 20 pounds) and Grassy for numbers (up to 10 pounds) with the bucktail pattern. Top choices include a bucktail jig in white/chartreuse and the Storm Wild Eye #4 Series swimbait.
Vertical jigging is also very good on Buggs by the end of November. Fish the same long clay points, just fish deeper. 35-45' is the preferred range with a 3/4-oz. Hopkins spoon. Get locked onto the right depth and you can point hop. A good day with this pattern could produce 50 fish.
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