Lake Norman Fishing

Lake Norman Fishing

Lake Norman is a 32,510-acre man-made lake in North Carolina that features 510 miles of shoreline. Duke Energy created the freshwater lake between 1959 and 1964 when it constructed the Cowans Ford Dam. The lake is a popular place to go fishing as well as a location of national tournaments. It's full of striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish.

Lake Norman fishing is busiest during early summer when the fish are more active. It's possible to catch fish here at any time of the year. Lake Norman fishing opportunities include largemouth bass, black crappie, white bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, and white perch.

A record 85-pound blue catfish was caught in 2021, which broke the state record for this species. Joel Lineberger captured the beast using a white perch as bait. Just a year earlier in 2020, another massive blue catfish was caught, weighing in at 62.9 pounds. David Edmonds, the holder of this record, also used white perch to snag this catfish.



Top Lake Norman Fishing Spots

  1. Governors Island Bridge
    8/22/2015 12:04:23 AM - There is a lot of rip rap on both sides of the bride to work. 


  2. Buster Boyd Boat Access Lake Wylie
    8/20/2015 2:34:26 AM - Only 2 ramps open at this time 8-20-2015


  3. Sodyeco Lagoon
    5/19/2011 10:47:32 PM - Sodyeco Lagoon 35.2885, -81.0065


  4. brush
    8/15/2015 4:46:43 PM - crappie


  5. Copperhead Island Boat Ramp
    8/21/2015 10:34:47 PM - Copperhead Island Boat Ramp


  6. Maiden Water Plant Lake
    5/19/2011 10:48:29 PM - Maiden Water Plant Lake 35.5851, -81.1915


  7. Grass Beds
    7/11/2018 10:50:03 PM -


  8. Rock Pile
    4/4/2018 10:55:40 PM -


  9. Nivens Landing Boat Ramp
    8/21/2015 11:01:36 PM - Nivens Landing Boat Ramp


  10. Spotted Bass
    4/4/2018 10:55:40 PM -



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Lake Norman Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Norman, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 27.89% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 41 Bluegill counted.


  3. Redbreast Sunfish

  4. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 23.13% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 34 Redbreast Sunfish counted.


  5. Yellow Perch

  6. Yellow Perch

    There is a 19.73% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 29 Yellow Perch counted.


  7. Gizzard Shad

  8. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 10.2% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 15 Gizzard Shad counted.


  9. Largemouth Bass

  10. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 5.44% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 8 Largemouth Bass counted.


  11. Redear Sunfish

  12. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 7 Redear Sunfish counted.


  13. Warmouth

  14. Warmouth

    There is a 3.4% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 5 Warmouth counted.


  15. Green Sunfish

  16. Green Sunfish

    There is a 2.72% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 4 Green Sunfish counted.


  17. Channel Catfish

  18. Channel Catfish

    There is a 0.68% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 1 Channel Catfish counted.


  19. Common Carp

  20. Common Carp

    There is a 0.68% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 1 Common Carp counted.


Recommedations above based on 12 species of fish and 147 fish counted for September around Lake Norman.

To date, there are 32 species of fish and a total of 2057 fish counted for Lake Norman and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1899 (123 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 3:50:30 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Lake Norman Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. All Seasons Marina


  2. Stanford Lures
    Elite Quality Handmade Cedar Lures

  3. Fly Deal Flies


  4. Carolina Mountain Sports


  5. Lyndons Riverview Sports


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Top Lake Norman Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fishing With Gus!
    Explore the beautiful waters of Lake Norman on a fishing adventure for your whole family at Fishing With Gus! Located in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, we offer fishing lessons for all skill levels. We can help your child learn how to reel in their

  2. Fish On! Guide Service
    Capt Craig Price is a USCG licensed, master rated captain. 40+ yrs fishing freshwater and saltwater. Fully insured, CPR certified, with professional grade equipment. Book your fishing adventure with Capt Craig today!

  3. Pro Am Guide Service


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Top Lake Norman Marinas

  1. All Seasons Marina


  2. Safe Harbor Westport
    Westport Marina is the #1 marina on Lake Norman, with full-service dry storage for 600+ boats up to 32 feet, we are one of the largest fresh water marinas in North Carolina.

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