The glory days of largemouth bass fishing at Jordan Lake are long gone.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the dam to impound the Haw River and New Hope Creek in 1973, and it took until 1984 to get the lake to full pool. Bass fishing hit its zenith during the next half-dozen or so few years.
When Jordan first opened to the public, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission hadnt thought much about creel and size limits, so anglers filled ice chests with football-shaped bucketmouths from two to 10 pounds. It wasnt unusual to catch 100 fish in a day, especially on one spot, a flooded roadbed the former Pea Ridge Road that stretched about a half-mile from Vista Point to a point just east of the current New Hope Overlook boat launch.