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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.



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. Redbreast Sunfish

  2. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 37.33% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 28 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Norman Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  3. Bluegill

  4. Bluegill

    There is a 32% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 24 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Norman Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  5. Largemouth Bass

  6. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 12% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 9 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Norman Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  7. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

  8. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

    There is a 12% catch rate for Pumpkinseed Sunfish, based on 9 Pumpkinseed Sunfish counted.

    Lake Norman Pumpkinseed Sunfish Counts Chart
    Pumpkinseed

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  9. Gizzard Shad

  10. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 2.67% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 2 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Lake Norman Gizzard Shad Counts Chart
    Gizzard

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  11. Brook Trout

  12. Brook Trout

    There is a 1.33% catch rate for Brook Trout, based on 1 Brook Trout counted.

    Lake Norman Brook Trout Counts Chart
    Brook

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  13. Walleye

  14. Walleye

    There is a 1.33% catch rate for Walleye, based on 1 Walleye counted.

    Lake Norman Walleye Counts Chart
    Walleye

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  15. Warmouth

  16. Warmouth

    There is a 1.33% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 1 Warmouth counted.

    Lake Norman Warmouth Counts Chart
    Warmouth

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Recommendations above based on 8 species of fish and 75 fish counted for February around Lake Norman.

To date, there are 33 species of fish and a total of 2663 fish counted for Lake Norman and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1899 (125 years).

Last Update: 2/22/2024 8:31:07 PM

*** 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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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake Norman are the following:

  1. Governors Island Bridge
    There is a lot of rip rap on both sides of the bridge to work. Good bass fishing.


  2. Buster Boyd Boat Access Lake Wylie
    Only 2 ramps open at this time 8-20-2015


  3. Copperhead Island Boat Ramp
    Copperhead Island Boat Ramp


  4. Grass Beds


  5. brush
    crappie


  6. Spotted Bass


  7. Rock Pile


  8. Nivens Landing Boat Ramp
    Nivens Landing Boat Ramp


  9. Ramsey Creek


  10. Moss Lake Ramp
    Moss Lake Ramp


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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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