I live on Cedar Cliff and its loaded with small bass, some crappie and walley and very nice trout. It has a lot of boat traffic in the summer from skiers and jet skis. Bear is a good fishery with bass, walleye, crappie and trout. Wolfe is the hidden gem in the chain. The biggest largemouth and smallmouth are in wolfe, as well as very nice walleye. the problem with Wolfe is its deep and clear, and gets a lot of traffic from skiers.
Bear just received a face lift with new restrooms, paved double lane ramp and parking area and new fishing pier.
Your right about the need for forage. These lakes are forage poor and growth rates are very low. the last survey from the NCWRC had mature largemouth at 6-8 years old and generally 13" and less than 2 lbs.