Thanks for your comments. I fished there too, back in the 70's, with my Dad's bass crew. He and I both transitioned yo saltwater soon after that. Gonna give it a try for old times' sake.A buddy and I used to fish there a lot many moons ago. It can be a tough lake, especially during the summer. There used to be pads and tall water grass on one side of the lake, opposite side from Pettigrew. And a lot of cypress trees everywhere else. The cypress trees held a lot of fish, but it was always a early morning bite. We waded a lot. We caught a lot of bass, but usually early morning, or at night. We did a lot of fishing well past sunset. There used to also be a ton of black fish in there. Red shad if I recall was my goto worm, and we also did well with pink floating worms. Good luck, I miss that place. Oh and Pettigrew used to have a primitive campground there that we would stay in, and it had a small boat launch.
Next time you decide to head that way, PM Me. I fish that area a lot. I know some places fairly close by and can point you at some fish.Thanks to all who responded to my request for information re Lake Phelps. I met my long-time (since 6th grade) hunting & fishing buddy there last week. We found that only Spider Man could launch a kayak at the so-called park site on Shore Drive--due to the lake being a couple feet below full pool (for which the fixed launch facility was built). Plan B was the Scuppernong River, where small panfish were dimpling the surface constantly, but we never had a hit either on topwater or on subsurface flies. The next morning we fished spinning gear off the pier at the aforesaid park launch site. No luck. All fishing and no catching.