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Old 09-11-2016, 11:48 AM
 
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I just got back into fishing. And thankfully my daughter (9) wants to join me.

I troll google maps for lakes in our area, Clayton. I stumbled upon Cattail Lake. Its pretty close to us but looks to be down and out. No one was there and there's a bunch of posted signed around the perimeter. And no, we did not stop and drop any lines. I would just like to know more about it.

Does anyone know about this spot?

Was it once a family friendly hang out for small boating and fishing?

Any and all info would be much appreciated.
Thanks
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Old 09-11-2016, 12:21 PM
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I believe the dam busted years ago and hence why it looks like basically a creek now. No idea why / who is responsible, but I also don't think it was publicly open for fishing either when it was actually functional.

A quick google shows that there might be a dispute between the State and the owner of the dam, preventing the owner from fixing the problem. Probably due to the location next to NC-96 and the bridge. No idea really.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:21 PM
 
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Hey DPK,

I appreciate you taking the time. I think I'll go take a stroll down there and see if I can find some locals who may know something as well. Its a hot spot for some photographs as well.

Thank You
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:54 PM
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No problem. If you find anything out, feel free to followup here. I'm curious as well, but it's pretty off the beaten path for me so there's no reason for me to really dig deep into it, haha.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:40 PM
 
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Was it once a family friendly hang out for small boating and fishing?
It was years ago...a very popular place for fishing and picnicking. I fished it often from the early 80's unto around 1989. Cattail Lake was originally a mill pond with water powered grain mill, but it was no longer in operation by the time I started going there. The mill still stood, but was in need of repair. The store sold food and live bait, and boats were available to rent by the hour. You could launch your own boat, but gas engines were not allowed. The lake the full of Bream and Shellcrackers...some big as a Buick hubcap Let us know what you find out about the place if you check it out.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:04 AM
 
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If you want a spot to take your daughter Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs stocks regularly with catfish.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:32 AM
 
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If you want a spot to take your daughter Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs stocks regularly with catfish.
Another old mill site and private stock pond. You practically had to know the governor to get in there to fish. I was lucky enough to fish there once...and it wasn't called Bass Lake for nothing I went to a wedding there several years ago, and I was thinking how different to place looked all those years ago...around 1960.
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