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Tillery Lake, NC

Lake Size: 5,000 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 104 Miles
Latitude: 35.23
Longitude: -80.09
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 278 feet
Counties: Stanly County, Montgomery County
Cities: Mount Gilead

Information: Lake Tillery is the reservoir) between Badin Lake and Blewitt Falls Lake in the Uwharrie Lakes Region of North Carolina. It is located entirely within Stanly County and Montgomery County, NC. The lake was created by the daming of the Pee Dee River which is newly formed by the junction of the Yadkin River with the Uwharrie River several miles to the north. Norwood, NC in neighboring Stanly County uses as its town motto "Gateway to Lake Tillery".
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The fish community of the lake was characterized by Carolina Power & Light during 1992 and 2000 and by on going fishery management assessments by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The lake currently supports a healthy sport fishery consisting of largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, white bass, white perch, channel catfish, and several panfish species (species of bream). Fishery assessments conducted by CP&L in 1992, and most recently in 2000, showed the lake to be dominated by bluegill, other sunfish species, largemouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, threadfin shad, gizzard shad, white catfish, and channel catfish. The total fish weight or biomass per surface area was comparable to other warmwater southeastern United States reservoirs. The NCWRC is responsible for managing the sport fishery in Lake Tillery and has periodically stocked several species of sport fish in the lake since the 1950's to enhance the sport fishery. Species that have been stocked in the lake and currently have viable populations are channel catfish, striped bass, white bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and largemouth bass. Threadfin shad and blueback herring have viable populations in Lake Tillery. The NCWRC has maintained a striped bass fingerling program at the lake since the midj-1970's. In 2000, the NCWRC stocked 27,000 fingerling striped bass into Lake Tillery, which equates to about 5 fish/acre (NCWRC 2000).

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