• Lake Norman Fishing Report - NC

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  • With Capt. Gus you will learn fishing techniques that will improve your fishing and allow you to catch more fish on you own boat. Light tackle is used to maximize the excitement of lake fishing. Guide boats can accommodate from one to six anglers. Fishing guides are available year round. They fish daily, including weekends and holidays.

  • Lake Norman Fishing Report - NC

    Flathead catfish are predators, unlike their stereotype cousins, the blue and channel cats who are deemed to be scavengers. The flatheadís wide mouth, slender body and broad tail give it the speed and agility to snare and swallow a variety of pan fish. These alpha catfish stalk white perch and sometimes become susceptible to becoming fodder themselves. That is why anglers who target white perch, drop a live one or two to the bottom in hopes of snaring a big flathead.

    A big fish was hooked a few weeks ago when Lewis Edmonson from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lifelong friend and Charlotte resident, Gordon Reishce were white perch fishing on Lake Norman. The trip was winding down when what was thought to be a flathead, hit Lewís Sabiki rig. The rod bent double, but after a brief encounter, the powerful fish broke off.

    A few minutes later, Lew was reeling in another white perch, when his rod doubled down again. This time, he held on and let the fish swim toward the bottom. Being an accomplished angler, he wasnít going to lose two big ones in a row. Each time it tugged, he let it take line and run, while being careful not to exert too much pressure. The longer he played it, the more obvious it became that his tackle was no match for such a goliath.

    Ten minutes passed and the fish was still tugging and pulling. At times, the rod tip was under water and Lew huffed and puffed with each turn of the reel handle. Finally, the big brown fish surfaced, but it wasnít netted until it made one final run. Gordon and I applauded the ninety-one year old, when his trophy was finally in the boat. It was then that he realized with a big smile, that he had just caught the biggest fish of his long fishing career. The flathead, estimated to weigh thirty-five pounds, was his personal best, beating a twenty pound Texas red drum and several five pound largemouth bass.

    Lew stated that he wasnít worried about losing the fish as much as if his pacemaker had quit working! After a short rest, his line was back in the water, and he was perch fishing again.

    Tips from Capt. Gus: Pan fish are edible fish that usually do not outgrow the size of a frying pan. Bluegill, crappie and white perch fit this criteria.

    Hot Spot of the Week: What a difference a few weeks make. The lake level is back to normal after the big rain, and the fall fishing season is in full swing.

    Crappie fishing is improving with lots of eight-to-ten inch fish being caught on jigs and live minnows in twenty feet of water. Better yet, is the white perch fishing. On most outings, anglerís deep jigging spoons and Sabiki rigs are catching a hundred or more perch per trip.

    Best news is that the hybrid striped bass survived the summer fish kill at the dam and are hitting surface plugs at dawn and dusk. Fish windy points and deep coves around the Lake Norman State Park and in similar areas in both Mountain and Reed Creeks.

    Bass are back in shallow water and are hitting top water jerk baits and a variety of soft plastic lures.

    Note: Higher lake levels, while welcomed, are not without risks and hazards to boaters. The same shoals that were exposed and easy to identify as hazards to navigation during the summer drought, are now under water again Ė in some cases only by a few inches. This situation makes fishing better, but navigating the shoals quite tricky and dangerous. Fast rising water also washes debris from the banks. Flotsam can be quite large, but difficult to see in low light conditions. Exercise extreme caution if debris is seen floating in high traffic areas.
    Lake Normanís water level is about 2.5 feet below full pond. The surface water temperature is in the high sixties and low seventies in waters not affected by power generation.

    Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. is an Outdoor Columnist and a full time Professional Fishing Guide on Lake Norman, NC. Visit his website www.Fishingwithgus.com or call 704-617-6812.
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