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

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Guide to 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.

Lake Norman, NC

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.

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Lake Norman, located in North Carolina, is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a diverse range of fish species and exciting angling opportunities. As one of the largest man-made lakes in the state, Lake Norman covers over 32,000 acres and provides ample space for anglers to explore its waters.

Lake Norman is famous for its thriving population of striped bass, making it a popular spot for anglers targeting this prized game fish. The lake holds several state records for striped bass, attracting anglers from far and wide. Additionally, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish can also be found in abundance. Anglers can try various techniques, such as casting with artificial lures or using live bait, to entice the fish into biting.

Lake Norman is also known for its fishing tournaments and events, attracting anglers from all skill levels. These competitions provide an opportunity for anglers to showcase their skills and compete for prizes while enjoying the thrill of the sport.

Lake Norman in North Carolina is a premier fishing destination, offering a wide variety of fish species and exciting angling opportunities. Whether you're targeting striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, or catfish, the lake's abundant populations ensure an exhilarating fishing experience. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the ample space and calm waters, while campers can enjoy the beauty of the lake and its surroundings. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a recreational fisherman, Lake Norman provides a memorable fishing adventure in the heart of North Carolina.

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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

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Boating is a major activity on Lake Norman, with numerous marinas and boat ramps available for easy access to the water. Whether you prefer motorized boats, sailboats, kayaks, or canoes, Lake Norman offers ample space for boating enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite watercraft. The lake's vast size and calm waters make it ideal for water sports and recreational boating.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Destination Boat Clubs Carolinas
Rentals: Fishing boats, pleasure boats and pontoons
844 322-2582

Lake Norman Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and runabouts
704 483-5546

Safe Harbor Kings Point Marina
Rentals: Fishing skiffs and pontoon boats
704 892-3223

Safe Harbor Skippers Landing Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
704 528-3328


All Seasons Marina
827 Langtree Rd
Mooresville, NC 28117
704 892-3478

Boat Rack Marina
7865 Spinnaker Bay Dr #9267
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
828 478-2118

Holiday Marina
20139 Henderson Rd
Cornelius, NC 28031
704 892-0561

Lake Norman Marina
6965 NC-150
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
704 483-5546

Long Island Marina & Dry Storage
8400 Long Island Rd #8969
Catawba, NC 28609
828 241-4877

Midway Marina
8693 NC-150
Terrell, NC 28682
828 478-2333

Mountain Creek Marina
7515 Stonewall St
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
704 483-0077

Safe Harbor Kings Point Marina
18020 Kings Point Dr
Cornelius, NC 28031
704 892-3223

Safe Harbor Skippers Landing Marina
1152 Perth Rd
Troutman, NC 28166
704 528-3328

Safe Harbor Westport Marina
7879 Water Oaks Dr
Denver, NC 28037
704 483-5172

Stutts Marina
571 Stutts Rd
Mooresville, NC 28117
704 664-3106

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Beatty's Ford Access
Located along the southwest shore of the lake, at the end of Unity Church Road, this four-lane, concrete ramp has two docks and plenty of paved parking.

Blythe Landing Park Boat Launch
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Highway 73, this access point has a six-lane, concrete ramp with several docks and plentiful, paved parking.

Hager Creek Access Area
This four-lane, concrete boat launch ramp, with two docks, and tons of paved parking, is centrally located on the east shore of the lake, off McKendree Road.

Lake Norman State Park Boat Ramp
Nestled in the Lake Norman State Park, in the northern sector of the lake, this two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and sufficient paved parking.

Little Creek Access Area
Paved parking and a dock enhance this two-lane boat launch ramp on the west side on the lake, mid lake.

Long Island Road Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Long Island Road, this is a two-lane, con\crete ramp with a dock and ample, paved parking.

Ramsey Creek Boat Ramp
Located in Ramsey Creek Park, in the southeast sector of the lake, find this multi-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Queen's Landing Boat Ramp
Located in the McCrary Creek Access Area, the Queen's Landing Boat Ramp is a four-lane, concrete ramp with two docks and paved parking. This access area is one-quarter mile east of the River Highway Bridge.

Stumpy Creek Boat Landing
This two-lane, concrete boat launch ramp, with a dock and ample paved parking is located in the northeast corner of the lake, at the end of Stumpy Creek Road.

Santeetlah Marina
Rentals: canoes, kayaks, deck boats and pontoons
828 479-8180

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

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

Camping opportunities can be found in the surrounding area, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Lake Norman. There are campgrounds with amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restroom facilities. Camping near the lake offers the opportunity to wake up to stunning views, enjoy nature hikes, and relax in the peaceful surroundings.

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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