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Fishing At Lake Norman

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AKA: Norman Reservoir, Norman Lake and The inland sea of NC

Fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch and striped bass at Lake Norman in North Carolina.

A 32,000-acre nationally known as a bass fishing haven, Lake Norman offers much more, with a wide variety of fishing and other water sport opportunities. This reservoir is located in the north-central part of the state, at Mooresville. In addition to healthy populations of bass, there are enormous schools of perch, crappie and striped bass roaming these waters. Catfish and sunfish round out the list of species available. For boaters, there are multiple places around the lake to launch. Anglers wishing to fish from shore can pick a spot from over 500 miles of shoreline around this lake with plenty of coves, pockets and points. Fishing from a boat allows anglers to fish around the deep channels and ledges, as well as fish the shallows in the backs of coves and incoming creek. The lake is lined with boat docks, which provide shade and cover for the fish. Canoe and kayak fishing are popular here, including organized kayak bass tournaments being held with some frequency.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Norman

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie Bluegill White Bass Yellow Perch Striped bass

Lake Norman Amenities

Marina: Multiple
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

Click here for lake levels, or call 800 829-5253.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Norman Motor Coach Resort Campground - 704 489-6033

Wildlife Woods Campground - 704 483-5611

Statesville / I-77 KOA Campground - 704 873-5560

Rock Springs Campground

Lake Norman NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Norman
Visitors Center
19900 West Catawba Ave, Suite 102
Cornelius, NC 28031
704 987-3300

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Fishing at Lake Norman, in North Carolina.