Nearly a year after the Duke Energy coal ash spill in the Dan River, officials of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Division of Water Resources expects to visit the spill site near Eden, NC on Friday (Jan 30, 2015) to take new "water quality" samples. The Dan River feeds into the Roanoke River and Kerr Lake.
Bass fishing is fair on Buggs Island Lake, with small fish being taken on jig 'n pig and crankbaits in 6-12 feet of water, on points. The larger fish are halfway back in the coves, feeding in late afternoon and evening. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits are taking some good bass from riprap throughout the lake. Rat-L-Traps are also taking some fish.
The Kerr Lake state recreation area recorded 1,099,644 visitors in 2014, up 6% from a year ago. It was among six North Carolina parks to record more than one-million visitors for the year. The others were William B. Umstead, Fort Macon and Jockey’s Ridge state parks and Falls Lake and Jordan Lake state recreation areas.
Call it Kerr Reservoir or call it Buggs Island Lake, it doesn’t make much of a difference to fishermen who are experiencing great striped bass action on the 49,500-acre impoundment along the North Carolina-Virginia border.
When State Sen. Frank Ruff agreed to patron Senate Bill No. 972 before the General Assembly, he probably didn’t expect the wave of publicity and negative reaction from many voters who believe the bill is an attempt to change the name of Buggs Island Lake.
For 63 years a lake on the North Carolina-Virginia line has suffered from an identity crisis — and visitors have gotten whiplash. Now, after decades of disagreement about the lake's name, Virginia may finally be ready to yield. To Virginians, it's always been Buggs Island Lake, ever since the Roanoke River was dammed in 1952. North Carolina insisted it was Kerr (pronounced kar) Lake.