Lake Conditions: The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the fifties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 2.5í below full pond on Lake Norman and 3.6í below full on Mountain Island Lake.
Lake Conditions: The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the fifties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 2.7 feet below full pond on Lake Norman and 3.4 feet below full on Mountain Island Lake.
Lake Norman has been a melting pot for non-native species of fish since its beginnings in the early 1960ís. By 1970, striped bass, Arkansas blue catfish and white bass had been introduced. The white and striped bass were stocked to enable Norman to compete with South Carolinaís
Hot Spot of the Week: Bass are moving out of deep water and staging for the spring spawn. Try fishing Ramsey and McCrary Creeks where the water temperature is a few degrees warmer than other creeks. Anglers using the Alabama Rig continue to boast about the quality and quantity
Lake Conditions: The water level on Lake Norman is about 4.1 feet below full pond and is 3.4 feet below on Mountain Island Lake. The surface water temperature is in the high thirties and low forties in water not affected by power generation on Lake Norman.
While most Lake Norman anglers will target bass, hybrids and stripers this month, a few will fill their coolers with white perch that weigh up to a pound - surprising to those who fish for them during the summer months when average fish are half that size.
Even the casual observer will notice the tens of thousands of sea birds that take up residence on Lake Norman every fall. Terns and gulls begin arriving in November and return to their nesting sites in April. Where they spend the rest of the year is anybodyís guess. Some say
February is a month of transition. Fish yearn to move to shallower sections of the lake to prepare for the spring spawning ritual. Water temperatures, not the groundhogís shadow, will be the determining factor as to how soon the fish on Lake Norman will make that move. That
Lake Conditions: The water level on Lake Norman is about 4.0 feet below full pond and 2.3 feet below full on Mountain Island Lake. The surface water temperature is in the mid to high forties in water not affected by power generation.
Fish stories, like fables and fairy tales, are based on a little bit of truth and then embellished to make for better reading and listening. In fact, the main difference between a fish story and a fairy tale is the way it begins. A fairy tale starts with, ďOnce upon a timeĒ
Anglers who fish during the holidays can expect plenty of action while field-testing their new tackle. Fishing conditions should be ideal, with water temperatures in the 50s and an abundance of sunny days. As in years past, diving sea birds will show anglers
The upcoming Christmas/New Year holidays are a great time to take advantage of Lake Normanís fabulous freshwater fishing. Not only is the fishing excellent, but there are usually several mild days between Christmas and New Yearís Day.
Progressing forward in the high stakes race of electronics has become extremely competitive and the winners if one is ever proclaimed will be some very powerful bass fishing tools. The latest and greatest of this race is being refined and upgraded every year. Some of the enhancements... read more
Crappies are the first fish to move to the shallows each spring. Their spawning migration is anxiously anticipated by both adults and children. Kids love the way they tug on the line, and parents enjoy catching them too. But, itís even more fun to cook and eat them. ... read more
Now that we are approaching some warm weather and the water is clearly moving into some solid mid 50 degree temperatures; I suggest that tying on buzz bait can be a very productive presentation. I know most fishermen believe that the top water bite is always best in the fall... read more
Itís getting close to the time of year when your electronics becomes your best friend; youíre running down the lake and notice a big school of fish light up your Lowrance HDS unit in 30 ft. of water. You stop quickly and mark the school then drop your trolling motor; your next... read more
The cold, wind and snow has fishermen spending way too much time in the garage, basement or by the fireplace. Persistent winter weather has kept many off the lake since before Christmas. The fish donít seem to mind.
The longer fishermen spend on the internet,... read more
Every year when we seem to hit that in-between time when the water is too cold for fast moving baits and not warm enough to slow completely to the likes of soft plastics there are some advantages to bladed baits. Most of us donít realize but the blades on many of our baits help... read more