Shearon Harris Reservoir Fishing

Shearon Harris Reservoir Fishing

North Carolina has some beautiful fishing destinations, but one of the most prolific spots is Shearon Harris Reservoir. This is a 4,100 acre lake, which is located in southwestern Wake and southeastern Chatham County. Although there was always a great deal of natural water flow in the area, the lake was created in approximately 1980 by redirected water from Buckhorn Creek to supply CP&L nuclear plant. The area has been made public as a park since 1999, and since that time, people have flocked here to picnic, hike and fish. If you are interested in Shearon Harris fishing, then this is what you need to know.

There are two public boat ramps; one is near the southern end of the lake off of North Carolina Highway 42, and the other near the northern end by Avent Ferry Road. The biggest draw to Shearon Harris is Bass. The area has a thriving population of local Bass, and some of them can grow to be quite large. This means that keen anglers have the chance to catch trophy-worthy fish in this lake. In fact, the quality of the Bass fishing is nationally recognized. Bassmaster magazine ranked Shearon Harris fishing on its list of the best Bass lakes in 2019. It is also a popular spot for competitors on the Major League Fishing's Bass Pro Tour.

Bass can be caught at all times of the year, but the seasonal population will vary. If you opt for a springtime trip, you will find a lot of young females in shallow water. The shallows are great into the early summer. Once the water gets a little warmer, many of the fish head for deeper waters. This will require a bit more time in a boat, but the possibilities for a good haul remain prevalent all year.

While Shearon Harris fishing is clearly dominated by Bass, that is not the only fish you can catch here. Dedicated anglers can also enjoy an abundant population of Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, White Perch, and Yellow Perch.



Top Shearon Harris Reservoir Fishing Spots

  1. Submerged Bridge
    8/10/2015 11:31:04 PM - This Submerged Bridge is a good place to catch bass. It is also close to the Creedmore Rd. Bridge that has a lot of rip rap down the bank to work.


  2. Horse Shoe Pond
    7/23/2013 1:56:07 AM - This is a small private pond, with parking as you come in. The city owns the parking, but the rest of the land is privately owned. This little pond is full of largemout


  3. Submerged Bridge
    6/2/2016 1:11:00 PM - Submerged Bridge


  4. Farrington Point Ramp
    5/25/2019 12:27:28 PM -


  5. Robeson Creek Boat Ramp
    5/6/2013 4:13:01 AM - Robeson Creek Boat Ramp


  6. Ebenezer Bridge rip-rap
    1/6/2015 5:21:43 PM - Lots of rocks.


  7. Boat Ramp
    8/11/2015 9:44:03 AM - Boat Ramp


  8. Boat Ramp
    8/11/2015 9:42:17 AM - Boat Ramp


  9. Robeson Creek
    1/6/2015 6:22:18 PM - A Haw River stream, narrow half-mile creek.


  10. Power Spot
    1/17/2017 5:37:43 PM - Warmer water on this side under the power lines. Small ledge off the bank.



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Shearon Harris Reservoir Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Shearon Harris Reservoir, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 36.28% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 419 Bluegill counted.


  3. Redbreast Sunfish

  4. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 25.19% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 291 Redbreast Sunfish counted.


  5. Black Crappie

  6. Black Crappie

    There is a 8.31% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 96 Black Crappie counted.


  7. Largemouth Bass

  8. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 7.79% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 90 Largemouth Bass counted.


  9. Green Sunfish

  10. Green Sunfish

    There is a 7.27% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 84 Green Sunfish counted.


  11. Spotted Bass

  12. Spotted Bass

    There is a 3.9% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 45 Spotted Bass counted.


  13. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

  14. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

    There is a 2.51% catch rate for Pumpkinseed Sunfish, based on 29 Pumpkinseed Sunfish counted.


  15. Redear Sunfish

  16. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 1.82% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 21 Redear Sunfish counted.


  17. Channel Catfish

  18. Channel Catfish

    There is a 1.65% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 19 Channel Catfish counted.


  19. Flathead Catfish

  20. Flathead Catfish

    There is a 1.13% catch rate for Flathead Catfish, based on 13 Flathead Catfish counted.


Recommedations above based on 19 species of fish and 1155 fish counted for September around Shearon Harris Reservoir.

To date, there are 32 species of fish and a total of 10198 fish counted for Shearon Harris Reservoir and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1878 (144 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 8:08:32 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Shearon Harris Reservoir Fishing Reports

  • Crappie
    1/20/2015 1:47:37 PM - caught some crappie in 30 feet of water on Harris lake


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Top Shearon Harris Reservoir Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Betts Tackle
    Betts is best known for their lures and nets. Betts Lures, Billy Bay, and Mr. Crappie line of products are the most popular. Betts Nets are some of the best in the industry.

  2. Laceration Lures
    High quality handcrafted offshore lures.

  3. Carolina Custom Rods
    Build Custom rods and repairs

  4. Cashion Custom Fishing Rods
    If you are like us you have an undeniable obsession for fishing. Serious anglers understand that great equipment makes all the difference. Cashion Fishing Rods are "Scientifically Designed and Technologically Superior"

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Top Shearon Harris Reservoir Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Greggofish Guide Service
    Greg Griffin, Owner Greggofish Guide Service, Inc. Shearon Harris Lake (Bass, Crappie, Family Trips) Roanoke River (Striped Bass)

  2. Outdoor Expeditions USA
    Welcome to Outdoor Expeditions USA LLC. We are a professional, fully licensed and insured guide service for Falls, Jordan and Harris Lakes near Raleigh, NC.

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