Lake Norman

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Location:
Statesville, NC
United States United States
Coordinates:
35.5512, -80.928
Depth (average):
33 Feet
Depth (max):
100 Feet
Distance:
32,510 Acres
Description:

Lake Norman State Park is located in Iredell County, 10 miles south of Statesville and 32 miles north of Charlotte. Reach the park from I-77 by taking exit 42 onto US 21 north. Travel north on US 21 to Troutman. In Troutman, turn left on Wagner Street. Then turn right on State Park Road, which leads into the state park.

At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. When filled to capacity, its surface area is 32,510 acres with a shoreline of 520 miles and a main channel 34 miles in length — thus its nickname, the "Inland Sea." Thirteen miles of the shoreline are in the state park, which provides boating access.

Lake Norman's deepest points are over 100 feet deep. The average depth is about 33 feet.

The following fish can be found in Lake Norman and the Catawba River:

Black Bullhead

Black Crappie

Blue Catfish

Bluegill

Brown Bullhead

Carp

Channel Catfish

Largemouth Bass

Perch

Rainbow Trout

Smallmouth Bass

Striped Bass (Stripers) — Striper Fishing Info can be found here.

Walleye

White Bass

White Crappie

Yellow Bullhead

Cover/Structure:

Bridge, boat docks, ledges.

Tips/Tactics:

Both the McGuire Nuclear Station and Cowans Ford Hydroelectric Station are located on the shores of Lake Norman. Steam vents from energy production on the lake produce "hot spots" in the lake.

As a rule, the islands adjacent to, and just north of the state park in the main river channel, produce lots of fish. Reed and Davidson Creeks at the lower end of the lake are also popular fishing areas. The hot holes yield bass year round and stripers, perch and cats are caught there in the winter. Other good bets are the bridges that crisscross the river and creek channels.

Bass eat medium size shiners, shad, herring and bream. Stripers prefer larger shad, herring and shiners, along with five to twelve inch trout, bream and white perch. Flathead catfish feast on white perch, bream and channel cats like night crawlers, and blue cats like gold fish, black salty's and shad. Crappie eat small minnows, and bream (sunfish) munch on crickets and worms.

Spot Access:
Marina, Rental boats available, Bait shop on site, Floating, Wading, Fly Fishing, Beach, Restrooms, Camping, Playground, State picnic area, Shore fishing access, State campground, Disabled access, Swimming Area, Power Boats Allowed, Picnic Area, Parking (boat/trailer), Parking (car/truck), Boat Ramp
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Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.09.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Bait Shops June 9, 2013   Sometimes finding a place to purchase bait is more difficult than finding fish! This is especially true when it’s five or six o’clock in the morning. Most 24/7 convenience stores offer gas, ice, snacks, coffee and worms, but very few sell fishing licenses, basic tackle, live minnows and other popular baits. Therefore, it is prudent to locate a bait shop in advance that opens early and has all...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.02.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fish Stories June 2, 2013 Photo Credit – Capt. Gus Carroll Honeycutt (Left) of Denver, NC holding a rainbow trout caught on the Davidson River in May.   A few weeks ago readers were asked to submit their favorite fish stories. Thanks for your responses. As promised, here are a few I would like to share. The first comes from Mike, whose wife asked him to submit it.   “In my home state of West Virgin...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.26.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fishing Q & A May 26, 2013     The questions and answers below are provided to help new anglers gain a better understanding of Lake Norman’s fishery.     1. How many rods and reels can I fish with at one time? A. One B. Three C. No Limit   2. What are two sub species of black bass caught in Lake Norman? A. Largemouth bass B. Smallmou...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.19.13

  Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Bedding Bass 5/19/13   Charlotte Kunzelman, of Mooresville, NC holding a spotted bass caught on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip.   It’s spring, and fishermen are thinking about catching big, bedding largemouth bass!   The catching is easier said than done. Bedding bass are more interested right now in keeping the nest clean and protecting their fry from predators, than they are about eating....

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.12.13

  Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fish Tales 5-12-2013     Fishing Report: Big bass are being caught while bedding in back-coves. Since water temperatures are cooler than normal, the spawning season should continue into June. In addition, spotted bass are feeding on shallow points, around submerged brush piles and anywhere bait ball images are seen on the fish finder screen. White perch, while not as plentiful as they will be in June, are schooling...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.04.13

  Fishing Report:  Some, but not all bass are bedding. Anglers are also catching schooling bass that feed on the surface and suspended bass that chase shad in boat basins, around points and over underwater islands. Bass are also being taken on soft plastics fished near dock pilings and downed trees. Crappie and white perch fishing is very good to excellent, with most being caught in relatively shallow water on small minnows. Channel cats are hitting stink baits and table...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.28.13

  Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! May Fishing 4/28/13   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Area lake resident Wes Rabb holding a striped bass he caught on a recent Lake Norman outing. May is considered by many to be the best month of the year to fish on area lakes.  The biggest reason is that the fish are in shallow water and easy to catch. Great fishing aside, the weather is usually so beautiful that just being on the water is enjoyable. Spring...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.21.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fish Names 4/21/2013 Photo of Capt Gus holding a crappie caught on Lake Norman in April   The names used by anglers to identify the fish they catch are far from scientific. For example, take the crappie, a popular pan fish whose name changes by region. In Florida, it’s called a speck, in the northeast, a croppie and a Sac-a-Lait in the bayous of Louisiana. Other colloquial names include the speckled perch, paper mouth, and calico...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.14.13

  Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Jake’s New Book 4-14-2013   Jake Bussolini, local angler and author, has just published a new book which is titled, Jake’s Fishing Facts. It is the fifth in what has turned out to be a series of how to catch freshwater fish books. Since Jake is a Lake Norman resident, much of his focus is on catching fish in North Carolina’s largest freshwater impoundment....

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.07.13

  Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Using Your Eyes and Ears to Fish 4-7-2013   Fishermen depend so much on electronics to locate fish that often times they forget to use their eyes and ears to help find them.    In Alaska, anglers look for game fish in areas where bald eagles are seen diving into the water or grizzly bears are snatching salmon from fast moving streams. When ocean fishing, seagulls scream and man-o-war birds hover overhead. L...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.31.13

Fishin’ With Capt Gus! Fishing Soft Plastic Worms 3/31/13   Garden worm look-a-likes and other soft plastic versions of creepy crawlers have been catching bass for decades. Just like real-live baits, artificials are irresistible to predator fish. No one knows why, because most fish have never seen a worm, but when one swims by, it triggers a strike.   At first, manufactures tried to imitate the exact look and feel of an earthworm, but over time, size,...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.24.13

  Is fishing better or worse than it used to be? This question is difficult to answer.   Some say fishing is the best it’s ever been; others argue that they caught more and larger fish in years past. The mind’s eye remembers what it wants, and usually it remembers the good. Add a few fish pictures from the old family album and some will agree that the best fishing was in the past.    The real proof is in the record books. A quick look show...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.17.13

  The fishing world, like everything else, has changed considerably over the years.   Some can remember when crappie and bream fishing boats were equipped with only a bush hook and enough line to tie the boat to a tree along the shoreline. That was OK, but it was hard to cast when the boat swung under the tree limbs, and there was always the possibility of a snake falling into it. More creative fishermen tied a rope to a cinder block or to a couple of window sash weigh...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.10.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fishing Pox 3-10-13   It’s that time of year again when a flu-like bug, commonly known as “Fishing Pox”, spreads throughout the fishing community. No one knows its causes. Some say it’s not a disease at all, but merely a rite of Spring. Regardless, don’t waste your time going to a doctor. The only cure is to put a fishing rod in your hand and head to your favorite body of water. Some say that the more fish you...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.03.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Thoughts on Spring Fishing 3-3-2013   Another spring fishing season is upon us, and fishing is great!   Early March finds bass, crappie, and perch in very shallow water as they spend the next month or so feeding, spawning, and, in some cases, protecting their brood. That is not to say that every fish will be swimming in less than five feet of water, but those that aren’t are nearby.    Best places to cas...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.24.13

  A floating boat house provides shade and cover for fish   Fishermen new to Lake Norman learn quickly that this massive impoundment is void of grasses, lily pads and other natural habit common in other lakes. The lack of cover, combined with the vastness and open water, initially confuses and intimidates even the most experienced. Knowing this, locals mainly fish the manmade cover of docks, piers, boathouses, channel/shoal marker poles, bridge pilings,...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.17.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Nicknames  2-17-13   If you’re a fisherman, there’s no doubt that you’ve watched reality shows like The Deadliest Catch, Swords on the Line and Hilly Billy Hand Fishing. The other day, one of the principles in a “catch ‘em by hand” reality catfish show got my attention because of his nickname - “Kat Daddy”. This guy was big, and stron...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.10.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Hybrid Bass Stocking  2-10-2013 Ben Parker of Mooresville, NC holds a pair of striped bass  caught on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip.  Photo courtesy of Ben Parker Good News! After years of study and deliberation, the NCWRC recently announced that hybrid bass will be stocked in Lake Norman. The fish will replace the striped bass that have difficulty surviving when the water warms in July and August.  Hyb...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.26.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fishing Jargon 1-27-12 Fishing has a language all its own, and its words and terminology often seem foreign to the casual observer. To help interpret, a few frequently used words/terms and their definitions are listed below. Angler - A person who fishes with a hook and line. Tackle - A collective noun for fishing equipment. Terminal Tackle - Bobbers, sinkers, hooks, lures, swivels, attached to the end of a fishing line.     ...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.20.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Deep Water Fishing 1-20-13   The holidays are in the rear view mirror and thoughts of a new fishing season are on the minds of avid anglers. While many yearn to go fishing, few will venture out during the coldest days of winter. These folks seem to be content to walk and talk about their sport in the fishing tackle aisles of the Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain and other sporting goods outlets. For the few who are willing to brave the elements,...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.13.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Winter Drawdown 1-13-13 Rob Digh  of Denver, NC holds a 5.7 pound hybrid striped bass caught on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip. Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Gustafson     By mid-December of 2012, the water level on Lake Norman was 5 feet below full pond and caused major concerns to property owners and to those who use the lake. Abruptly, the mini drought that began in September, ended when it finally rained duri...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.06.13

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fishing Lures 1-6-13 Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Rainbow trout caught on the Davidson River by Charles Lampley of Denver,NC       On a recent bass fishing trip, an angler changed lures a dozen times in the first half hour. During the same period, others were catching fish and didn’t switch once. When asked why he was switching so frequently, the fishless angler replied, “This is what I do when...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.30.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Bird Watching 12/30/12 Photo Credit - Capt. Gus Kevin Smith of Troutman, NC holding four White Perch caught at the same time on a Sabiki Rig. Don’t forget to take your binoculars the next time you go fishing. During the winter, sightings of low flying sea birds are the easiest way to find schools of feeding bass, perch and stripers. Bird watching sounds easy - find the birds and cast into the water where they are swooping down. Bu...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.23.12

Fishing with Capt. Gus! A Christmas Tale 12-23-12 Photo of Capt. Gus With Santa - May be it wasn't a dream ‘Twas the night before Christmas…The stockings were hung and the dog was asleep. A tired old Captain had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, but not before he attached a note to the fishing rod he had left for Santa.   “Dear Santa, When your work is all done, And you have time to play, Give me a call, and we&...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.16.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fish Stories 12-16-12 Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus Donna Hawver of Sherrills Ford, NC holding a spotted bass caught on a recent Lake Norman fishing Trip One of the best things about fishing and hunting are the stories told when outdoorsmen gather. Some are good, others not so good. Even though they’ve been embellished, they’re told as the truth, and they’re fun and interesting to hear, even if they’ve been told bef...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.09.12

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Secrets 12-9-12 Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus; Kevin Smith of Troutman, NC holding a Lake Norman flathead catfish caught on a November outing Fishermen are obsessed with keeping secrets, especially when it comes to protecting the whereabouts of their fishing holes, the types of baits they use, and the techniques they employ. To protect these secrets, they speak in riddles rather than give straight answers. As an example, when asked where the f...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.03.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Winter Places to Fish 12-2-2012 Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Jonathan Brewer of Winston Salem, age 11, holding a Lake Norman flathead catfish caught while fishing with his dad, Bill Brewer It’s hard to believe that it’s December again! Hopefully, between all the busy holiday festivities, you’ll find time to catch some very active bass and crappie. A key factor to fishing during this last month of 2012 is the wa...
almost 2 years ago (11/26/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.26.12

Fishing has been phenomenal for bass, crappie and white perch. Spotted bass are taking a variety of baits, depending on where they’re feeding in the water column. Best baits are shaky heads fished around deep docks, deep diving swim baits over humps and buzz baits on shallow points. Crappie are hitting jigs fished near submerged brush and bridge pilings. The crappie are large. One angler reported releasing everything under twelve inches in length and still had a twenty fish l...
almost 2 years ago (11/19/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.19.12

  Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus Charles and Cameron LeDoyen of Waxhaw, NC holding a pair of Lake Norman bass caught on a recent outing.   Remember when families spent hours sitting on the den floor flipping through the pages of picture albums, and fishermen usually had two ragged photos in their wallet - one of the family and the other of the biggest bass they ever caught? Today, smart phone picture galleries and YouTube action shots have all but replaced the al...
almost 2 years ago (09/24/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.24.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Suggestion Box 9/23/2012 A box was found floating in Lake Norman. The sign attached to it read, “SUGGESTION BOX-FISH ONLY.” Surprisingly, it was filled with wet and smeared suggestions. The nearly illegible writing revealed that some fish had spent time in schools. The suggestions were not only meaningful, but worthy of thought and response. Most were directed to fishermen, wildlife officials and caretakers of the lake.   &nb...
almost 2 years ago (09/09/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.09.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Boat Ramp Courtesy September 9, 2012   Courtesy at the boat ramp is no different than the considerations given others while going through a serving line. Simple things like waiting your turn, being thoughtful of those ahead and behind and executing the unloading or loading process quickly, will go a long way toward making everyone’s day enjoyable. For those new to boating, the following considerations will help make your next trip to the...
almost 2 years ago (09/05/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.05.12

  Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Lake Norman 9-2-2012   There wasn’t much to do on the Catawba River in the early 1960's but swim, camp and catch a few fish. Then the dam was built, and the river was transformed into North Carolina’s largest freshwater impoundment. The backwater filled thirty-two thousand acres of forest and farmland. Lake Norman as it called, is thirty-four miles long and stretches from Highway 73 in Huntersville, NC to a mile north...
about 2 years ago (08/27/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.27.12

  Fishin’ with Gus! A Fisherman’s Wish List 8-26-12   Today’s anglers use boating and fishing equipment so sophisticated that the fish (almost) don’t stand a chance.  Add to that, the fact that each time a new catalog arrives, it’s full of new items that further enhance the outdoor experience. However, there are still items not available that are sure to be big sellers, if ever introduced. So, what might these ‘wish lis...
about 2 years ago (08/20/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.20.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! No Wake Zones August 19, 2012   Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus Brandon (r) age 12 and friend Ryan age 11, both from Denver, NC are holding a flathead catfish caught on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip.   On a busy Lake Norman afternoon, boat wakes can be the nemesis that takes the fun out of boating. It is particularly aggravating when a vessel, pulling a large wave behind it, comes close enough to an anchored boat to cause...
about 2 years ago (08/13/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.13.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Bridge Fishing 8-12-2012   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Green light used to attract fish at night while bridge fishing   The next time fishing is slow, try casting your bait around one of Lake Norman’s twenty or more bridges.  That is where bass, crappie and striper fishermen go when they want to catch a quick limit.   The Highway 150 Bridge is arguably the most popular with local ang...
about 2 years ago (08/06/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.06.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Shoal Markers August 5, 2012   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Shoal Marker on Lake Norman   The word, “SHOAL” is described as a low place in a body of water that shallows more quickly than expected. Shoals are grounding hazards to vessels, particularly when water levels are lower than normal. The Lake Norman Marine Commission has identified many of our most dangerous shoals along the most heavily traveled channels. Eac...
about 2 years ago (07/30/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.30.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! August Catfishing  7/29/12   Photo of Chance Konrad, age 9 from Fort Mill, SC holding a pair of bass he caught while fishing with his grandmother Sherry Francis of Lake Norman.    The secret is out! One of the best places to catch summer catfish is at “The Sandbar.” It’s easy to find - just look for the boats. On weekends, there can be hundreds anchored and rafting together near an island...
about 2 years ago (07/23/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.23.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! North Carolina Boating Accidents and Fatalities - 2011 July 22, 2012    Photo courtesy of Glen Holden  Osprey mother and chicks almost ready to fly According to the latest report compiled and published by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in May of this year, there were 142 boating accidents statewide during 2011. That is down slightly from 2010, when 154 accidents were recorded. The majority (11...
about 2 years ago (07/16/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.16.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Summer Heat 7/15/12   Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus Ryan Meeks, (8yrs.) of Davidson, NC  holding his first bass. He caught this six pounder while fishing with family members on Lake Norman.     It might be wishful thinking, but hopefully the one hundred-four degree days we’ve experienced recently are the last we’ll see for a while. Surprisingly, and in spite of the heat, fishing for spotted bass, white...
about 2 years ago (07/09/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.09.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Good Luck/Bad Luck 7/8/12   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus: Brianna Cox (7) of Charlotte, NC holding a Lake Norman spotted bass caught while fishing with her brother, mom and dad this month.   There isn’t a more superstitious group than a group of fishermen. When an angler catches a big fish on his/her first outing, the word “luck” is almost always mentioned. Words like “beginners luck” or &ldqu...
about 2 years ago (07/02/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.02.12

The Wave 07/01/2012 Photo Courtesy of Capt.Gus Earnie Heatwole of Gastonia, NC holding a trophy bass caught by his grandson Reid Thomas of Atlanta, Ga. Waves are created by wind, currents and...
about 2 years ago (06/25/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.25.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Lake Norman Tuna 6-24-12   Photo of carp and koi swimming on the surface courtesy of Capt. Gus    Do tuna swim in Lake Norman?  Of course not!   Bur, there is a fish that swims around boat docks and shallow coves that is so large it looks like a tuna to the casual observer. That fish is the carp, and our lake has two types - the common and the grass carp. Just how big they get is anybody&rsq...
about 2 years ago (06/19/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.19.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Battery Maintenance June 17, 2012   Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus A bad start - sometimes it is not the battery.  Motor came loose from transom of boat. Almost lost it     One of the worst things that can happen to a boater is to hear a “click-click” noise when the ignition key is turned on. A dead battery at the ramp usually sets the tone for an aggravating, or perhaps even an aborted out...
about 2 years ago (06/11/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.11.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Why do Fish Jump? 6-10-12   Photo courtesy of Rick Davis a Denver, NC resident holding a 47 pound flathead catfish he caught on a live bream.   Have you ever wondered why carp and bass jump and splash, why sailfish leap out of the water and flying fish skip across the waves like they’re jet propelled? When a couple of fishery biologists were asked this question, their answers were, “because they can”, and &l...
about 2 years ago (06/05/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.05.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Lake Sights and Sounds 6-3-12   Photo of Red Fox courtesy of Capt. Gus   Lake Norman’s wildlife has been on the prowl.  In recent days, we have seen deer, a blue heron trying to swallow a small snake and an albino squirrel.   Why so much activity?  It’s anybody’s guess!  Maybe it’s because of the rain we had, the rising lake levels, or the “ring of fire” aro...
about 2 years ago (06/05/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.05.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Lake Norman’s Hybrids 5-27-12   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Barbara Feldman of Mooresville holding a trophy Lake Norman largemouth bass   There has been much discussion in recent months about hybrid bass being caught in Lake Norman. Since the term hybrid can be applied to the offspring from the cross breeding of many different species of fish, anglers are often confused.  There have been two types of hybrids in the n...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.21.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! 5-20-12 Lake Norman Shoreline Fishing   Photo courtesy of Capt, Gus Andy Reilly of Cornelius, NC holding a trophy spotted bass caught on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip     Where can I fish from the bank or shoreline on Lake Norman? This question is frequently posed by new- comers to the area.  Finding a fishing hole isn’t always easy, but when you do, expect to catch bass, catfish, bream and crappie....

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.14.12

Kids don’t have the time, money or wherewithal to go to a local tackle shop every time they need fish bait. They raid the refrigerator and cupboard, or use critters they can find from the garden or along the water’s edge. Instead of live minnows or artificial lures, they use leftover foods, table scraps and a host of processed and sliced foods. When a group of cub scouts was asked what their favorite fish baits were, they shouted out the names of a variety of baits that mos...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.07.12

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Crickets 5-6-12   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus  Tyler Mashburn, 7 years old from Denver, NC and grandfather Bill White shown holding a trophy bass caught while fishing on Lake Norman.   Crickets are a preferred bait for catching pan fish, particularly bluegills and other members of the sunfish family. While best fished alive, the squeamish might find it a little unnerving to handle crawling bugs that resemble small grassho...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.30.12

Fishing With Capt Gus! Excuses 4/29/12   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Mike Conroy and sons showing off a spotted bass caught on recent Lake Norman fishing trip.   Everyone has heard about a late fishing partner who finally arrives at the dock with a lame excuse. One might be, “I’m sorry to keep everyone waiting, but my alarm clock didn’t go off.”  If only the alarm clock could tell its side of the story!...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.23.12

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Put and Take 4-22-12   Photo credit - Capt. Gus Steven Remsen, (age 4) of Charlotte, shown holding two spotted bass caught on the same lure while fishing with his dad Craig   Lake Norman has become a mecca for bass fishing tournaments. During the spring, a weekend rarely passes without a local, regional or national tournament being held. However, that hasn’t always been the case.  There was a tim...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.16.12

04/15/2012 Photo credit Capt. Gus: Boat cruising on Lake Norman It has been several years since the Mandatory Boater Education Law became effective. The law requires that no person under 26 years of age can operate a vessel with ten horsepower or greater on the waters of North Carolina, unless the operator has met the requirements of boater safety education. To satisfy this law, several local organizations offer one d...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.09.12

The Loons of Lake Norman 04/08/2012 Edward Holland of Mooresville, NC holding a large Lake Norman crappie. Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus. On a fishing trip not too long ago, one of the anglers became very excited when his rod doubled over. He quickly set the hook and began to reel. To everyone’s surprise, the creature that surfaced behind the boat was n...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.02.12

04/01/2012 James Remsen (6-yrs) of Charlotte holding a Lake Norman bass caught while fishing with his dad Craig. Photo Credit - Capt. Gus The spring spawning season is in full swing and the time to catch big bass is now. With the unseasonably warm spring, the “nesting season” came early this year. The good thing about fishing for bedding bass is that the only special equipment you need is a pair of polari...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.26.12

Fishin' with Capt. Gus!  The Details of Fishing  3-25-12   Photo Credit - Capt. Gus Seven year old Carson Moore of Denver, NC shown holding a Lake Norman Crappie caught while fishing his Grandfather, Luke   Many fish tales begin with, “This is no lie!”  Much to the disappointment of the angler and the listener, the end of the story is usually that the big fish got away. This scenario can sometimes be prevented...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.19.12

03/18/2012 Capt. Gus holding a Lake Norman spotted bass. Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus. The spotted bass, a member of the black bass family, was introduced by fishermen in the 1990's. It is being credited with making Lake Norman a top bass lake in the United States. “Spots” have proliferated to the point that they have replaced the striped bass in popularity. These fish are hard fighters on light tackle...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.12.12

Kids come up with some funny stuff, particularly when they’re fishing!   The other day, a little boy asked, “Is there water on the other side of that island?” And, a nine year old girl challenged her brother when he caught what he said was a “big bass.” She asked, “How much bigger does it need to grow to be a large bass?”   Some of the best quotes are about the one that got away. For example, two boys were talking about all...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.05.12

Lake Norman Fish Tested 03/04/2012 Mac Byrum shown holding an Arkansas Blue Catfish taken on Lake Norman. Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus. Are fish taken from Lake Norman safe to eat? According to David Caldwell of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, test results indicate that at least six species tested are safe for consumption. Below is the s...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.27.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Fishin’ Holes February 26, 2012     Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus Toua Lee (left) and friends from Nebo,NC showing catch for a fish fry.  Remember when you couldn’t wait to get out of school and go fishin’?  I do!  A fishin’ hole is often a magical place where we always caught fish. It might have been an undercut bank along the edge of a stream or a farm pond out in the count...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.20.12

02/19/2012 Capt. Gus shown with a large amberjack caught on recent S. Florida fishing trip. Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus. With advancements in sonar (fish finders), GPS technology and the ever presence of low flying seabirds, it’s easier than ever to locate feeding fish. Savvy anglers not only watch for seabirds that fly low to the water, but pay particular attention to those diving and snatching baitfish from the su...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.13.12

New For 2012 02/12/2012 David Snyder (L) and partner Tim, visitors from S. Dakota, are holding a pair of striped bass caught on a February Lake Norman fishing trip. Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus. Fishing/boating web sites and the 2012 catalogs are brimming with new and improved products. Below are a few that might be of interest and could make your next fishi...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.08.12

The weather has been Great, the fish are biting. Catching striper, spotted bass, crappie, catfish and white perch on 6 - 8 lb test line.  call T-1-On for a day of Catching fish!!! Thanks Ty Gone Fishin'...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (02/06/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.06.12

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! What’s in a Name? 2-5-2012   Photo courtesy of Capt.Gus Scott Taylor of Terrell, NC holding a striped bass caught on a cold January morning.   February is boat show month around the Carolinas. It’s a time to look, wish and if you’re lucky enough, you might buy the boat of your dreams. In case you don’t know, maritime tradition requires that all new vessels be christened and given a...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (01/16/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.16.12

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Fishing at the Boat Ramp 1-15-12   Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus John Wendel of Advance, NC  holding a pair of striped bass he caught on a January 2012, Lake Norman fishing trip   Ever wonder why you see so many people fishing near public boat ramps?  It seems as though the busier the launch area is, the more fishing you see.   The biggest reasons are simple. Cement ramps are usually steep and afford...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (01/09/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.09.12

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Locating Winter Fish January 8, 2012   Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus: Austyn Petyan of Mt. Holly, NC holding a Lake Norman striped bass caught on a holiday fishing trip with brother Dustyn and dad John.   An easy way to locate feeding fish in January is to watch for diving sea birds. They identify the exact places where stripers, bass or white perch are chasing forage fish to the surface. The feeder fish are...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (01/03/2012)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.03.12

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Great Fishing 1-1-12   Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus : Jordan Tyson (14) of Cornelius, NC holding three fish caught at the same time on a December, Lake Norman fishing trip.     What a difference a few years make. It wasn’t that long ago when a fishing trip on Lake Norman was just that – a fishing trip. Catching fish was another thing. It was so bad that savvy anglers chose to go to Lake Wylie, Hi...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (12/27/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.27.11

Photo Courtesy of Capt. Gus Lake Norman Sunrise   Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Ways to Spend the Holidays December 25, 2011   The week between Christmas and New Years is a great time to catch bass, crappie, white perch and a striper or two. Actually, it’s the busiest week of the winter fishing season. Lake access parking lots fill quickly with trucks and boat trailers, and the better fishing holes will see plenty of holiday anglers. December’s weat...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (12/19/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.19.11

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Hybrid Striped Bass - The New Lake Norman Residents 12-18-2011 Photo #1 - Close up of a Hybrid Striped Bass Photo #2 - White perch (top) and Hybrid Striper Bass (bottom) Photos courtesy of Capt. Gus   Anglers have reported catches of small hybrid striped bass in Lake Norman since October. The hybrid, a cross between a striped bass and a white bass, is being hooked by fishermen targeting crappie, white perch and spotted ba...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (12/12/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.12.11

Rising Lake Levels 12/11/2011 Photos courtesy of Capt. Gus Photo #1 When covered with water, this shoal with a rock pile is an excellent place to catch bass. Photo #2 Will McConnell age 11 of Mooresville, NC shown holding a spotted bass caught on a recent Lake Norman Fishing trip After several months of low water conditions, recent rains have caused water l...
Captain Gus Gustafson
over 2 years ago (12/05/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.05.11

12/04/2011 Eight year old, Jenna Washburn shows a flathead catfish caught while fishing with her Grandfather, Don Williams of Mooresville, NC. Photo courtesy of Don Williams. Colder weather brings with it an influx of sea birds and an increase in the duck and geese population on Norman and other area lakes. Loons, another migratory waterfowl, arel also seen from late fall until early spring. While certain birds trave...
Captain Gus Gustafson
almost 3 years ago (11/29/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.29.11

Early in the month of December, fishing conditions are usually fall-like, which cause bass, perch and stripers to remain in shallower water. As the month progresses and colder weather arrives, they go deeper and usually gravitate to the warm waters surrounding Lake Norman’s power plants. Bass fishing takes center stage as many anglers prepare for the Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Tournament, scheduled for the second Saturday of the month. While spotted bass are plentiful, their...
Captain Gus Gustafson
almost 3 years ago (11/21/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.21.11

11/20/2011 Photo # 1- Alabama Rig with swim baits attached. Photo #2 – Capt. Gus holding a Lake Norman striped bass. Photos courtesy of Capt. Gus. A new rig is taking the bass fishing scene by storm. It began in October 2011, when Paul Elias won $100,000 in a FLW fishing tournament held at Lake Guntersville in Alabama. Elias brought twenty bass to the scales that weighed a total of 102 pounds, all reportedly caught...
Captain Gus Gustafson
almost 3 years ago (11/15/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.15.11

  Fishing with Capt. Gus! OBX 11-13-11 Photo # 1 - John Alden, Jr. of Iron Station, NC holds a red drum caught on a recent trip to Cape Hatteras. Photo #2 -Dick Megorden of Charlotte, NC shows a forty-three inch red drum caught on a recent Cape Hatteras fishing trip. Photos courtesy of Capt. Gus   Each fall a group of fifty plus surf fishermen venture to North Carolina’s Outer Banks in search of red drum, bluefish, flounder and tr...
almost 3 years ago (11/08/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.08.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists 11-6-11       Mark Lancaster, Director at Large of the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists reports that the new rock reefs are a success. Fishermen agree. They are finding a variety of fish above and around the tons of boulders placed in two locations on Lake Norman earlier this year. Spotted bass, white perch and catfish are feeding on the bait fish that have made the rock piles their home. Ac...
almost 3 years ago (11/07/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.07.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Striped Bass/What’s Next? 10-30-11       Traditionally, the month of November heralds the beginning of the winter striped bass fishing season on Lake Norman. Sadly enough, what was once Lake Norman’s most popular game fish has all but disappeared. And, with its demise, the number of tourist dollars has declined dramatically.       A look at history shows that Lake Norman was a favorite destination for striper...
almost 3 years ago (10/24/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.24.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   The Tide is Out 10-23-11       In recent weeks, low water levels have exposed stumps, rocks and other bottom obstructions on Lake Norman. The fear of running aground or damaging a propeller is keeping boaters away. That’s a shame, because the weather has been perfect for boating and fishing, not to mention the beautiful fall colors. While concerns of potential groundings are justified, they can happen even when the water level is at...
almost 3 years ago (10/17/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.17.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Man Made Reefs on Lake Norman 10-16-2011       Earlier this year, two artificial reefs were created when tons of rocks were dumped into Lake Norman. The project, sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, was designed as an underwater habitat for bass and stripers. Known as the “rock piles”, they are doing exactly what they were designed to do- attract fish.       As we approached the man made reef...
almost 3 years ago (10/10/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.10.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   The Lure(s) of Bass Fishing October 9, 2011       So many lures and so little time - a problem many bass fishermen have! With tens of thousands of bass lures to choose from, it’s no wonder that newcomers to the sport often find themselves in utter dismay. To eliminate confusion, consider lure size, color and depth.   Size: Small fish eat small baits. Big fish eat a variety of bait sizes. Understanding this is important, sin...
almost 3 years ago (10/06/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.06.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Dock Fishing 10-2-11       Where is the best place to bass fish on Lake Norman? That’s a very good question and one frequently asked by those new to the area. Some think fishing is better above the 150 Bridge, and others prefer the hot water discharge channels at both power plants. The list goes on. But, arguably the most consistent year round place to cast for bass is under and around docks. And, Lake Norman has more than its share...
almost 3 years ago (09/26/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.26.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Through the Fish’s Nose 9-25-2011       Do fish have a sense of smell? Scientist and fishermen say they do! In fact, it is said that a salmon follows its nose for five thousand miles or more when returning from sea to the stream of its birth to spawn and die. The reasons are complicated, but suffice it to say, fish can smell better than humans and most, if not all, other animals.       As a rule, the deeper or...
almost 3 years ago (09/19/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.19.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   The Catfish Hunters September 18, 2011       Local author, Jake Bussolini and Lake Norman Catfish Guide, Mac Byrum are co-authoring a book entitled “Catfish Hunters” which will be published this winter. While both gentlemen are accomplished anglers, they felt that value could be added to their writings if they included the expertise of other knowledgeable anglers and fishing guides. Collectively, they decided the best way to learn...
almost 3 years ago (09/12/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.12.11

Fishin' with Capt. Gus!   Sounds/Vibrations - What Do Fish Hear? September 11, 2011     Every angler has either heard or said, "Be quiet or you will scare the fish.” It’s true that certain noises spook and scatter fish, while others can turn a normally docile swimmer into an eating machine.       Fish feel movement, water pressure changes, and vibrations through a system of lateral lines that run the length of their body. Depending on it...
almost 3 years ago (09/06/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.06.11

Fishin' With Capt. Gus!   Labor Day Fishing September 4, 2011       Labor Day weekend is upon us and it’s time for a weekend of family fishing fun. Get an early start. The best chance of catching fish is generally from 6:30-8:00 a.m. Early morning fishermen will have the lake to themselves, and you won’t have to brave the wakes of pleasure boats. A third advantage is that morning is usually the coolest part of a late summer day.      ...
about 3 years ago (08/29/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.29.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Thru the Fish’s Eyes August 28, 2011       If you’re like most fishermen, about the time you think you have the fish figured out, they’ll do something entirely different. No one knows for sure what makes them bite or not bite. Even Yogi Berra, a man who knew a little bit about everything, wasn’t sure. He explained it this way. “When they aren’t biting, you can’t make them stop.”       To better understa...
about 3 years ago (08/22/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.22.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Fish Deep and Dark 8-21-11       Summer is winding down, but fishing hasn’t stopped. Bass, perch, and catfish continue to be the mainstays for Lake Norman’s fishermen. Those who catch the limit regularly, use one or both ‘Double D’ approaches to summer fishing. Deep and dark is the way to fish this time of year.       Since most people prefer to fish during daylight hours, the best way to catch bass is to s...
about 3 years ago (08/15/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.15.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Fishing Luck 8-14- 2011       Recently, an angler caught a rather small fish. When asked what he was going to do with it, he replied, “Keep it! I don’t want to throw back my good luck.”       It seems that the word “luck” and “fishing” go hand-in-hand. Sometimes fishing luck is good and at other times, it’s bad. When a big one is landed, you are lucky, but when a fish is lost, bad luck, never the angler...
about 3 years ago (08/10/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.10.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   North Carolina Boating Accidents and Fatalities - 2010 August 7, 2011       According to a report compiled and published by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on May 1, 2011, there were 154 boating accidents statewide during 2010. The majorities (131) were classified as non-fatal, but sadly, 23 fatal accidents resulted in 26 deaths. Furthermore, there were 208 vessels involved in the 154 accidents, which caused 123 pers...
about 3 years ago (08/01/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.01.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Fish Info   7-31-11       Newcomers will be happy to learn that Lake Norman is the premiere lake in the region for bass fishing. BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) and the FLW (Forrest L. Wood) tournament trails hold frequent national events here. Lake Norman is also gaining notoriety for its trophy blue catfish population and for having a great white perch fishery.       If you are new to the area, p...
about 3 years ago (07/25/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.25.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Summertime July 24, 2011       July and August are great months to catch bass, perch, bream and lots of catfish. To help make your next trip both fun and more productive, consider the following summer fishing tips from Capt. Gus.       ? The best time to fish is between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. when air and water temperatures are cooler.       ? When night fishing, be sure the boat’s ru...
about 3 years ago (07/19/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.19.11

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   Boat Names 7-17-11       What’s in a boat name?       “A YACHT OF FUN”, “KNOT WORKING” and “SEAS THE DAY” are not misspelled words in a phrase or sentence, but are names of boats. Naming a vessel gives the owner the opportunity to make a statement, whether it’s serious or just plain fun. Some names have hidden or double meanings, while with others, the intent isn’t quite as obvious. Each takes a lot of...
about 3 years ago (07/11/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.11.11

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   Flathead Cat Fishing 7-10-11       There was a time when people went catfishing, and were happy to catch any kind of fish. But, just like everything else in this world today, catfishing has become specialized. Now, there are those who fish for channel cats, others who target Arkansas blues, and a growing number of anglers enjoy catching flatheads.       Flatheads are predators that follow bait and fish schools...
about 3 years ago (07/06/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.06.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   White Perch – White Perch – White Perch 7-3-2011       White Perch, White Perch, White Perch!       Much has been written in recent weeks about Lake Norman’s fabulous white perch fishing. So let this column serve as a follow-up to just how great the fishing has been and more than likely will be for the remainder of the summer.       Yes, the almost unbelievable reports of white perch b...
about 3 years ago (06/27/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.27.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Summer Bass Fishing June 26, 2011       There seem to be less fishing boats on the water in June this year than in years past. It might be because of the economy, the price of gas, or due to an early summer heat wave. For whatever reason, it is not because fishing is slow. In fact, bass are biting better than they have in years.     Spots (spotted bass) are everywhere. Largemouth bass are not as plentiful as in previo...
about 3 years ago (06/21/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.21.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!     Summertime and the Fishing is Fun 6-19-11       It was a hoot! The fishermen were small (7 & 8 year olds), and the catfish were BIG!       It started when a fish yanked the rod tip toward the water and began pulling line. The blue cat was so big the youngster couldn’t get the rod out of the holder. So, two of his little fishing buddies, one on either side, held the rod while he turned the handle a...
about 3 years ago (06/16/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.16.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Fishing’s Unwritten Rules 6-12-11       Like most sports, fishing has many unwritten rules that aren’t found in books. In case you haven’t heard, here are a few that you might like to know about.       Rule #1 - Never cast over another person’s line! This happens frequently on fishing piers, drift boats and when people are casting from the shore at the “Hot Holes.”       Rule #2 - N...
about 3 years ago (06/07/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.07.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Summer Fishing 6-5-2011       Summer is officially a few weeks away, but as far as fishermen are concerned, it has arrived. Many bass, crappie and perch that were being caught near the banks a few weeks ago have moved to deeper water where temperatures are cooler and the bright rays of the sun are less intense.       When fish move to deep water, they are harder to find, but once located, they gather in large g...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.01.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Housing Shortage 5-29-11       The Norman Wildlife Conservationists is a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Its mission is to enhance and protect wildlife habitat in the Lake Norman area for all to enjoy. Among the many projects they are involved with and one of the most significant is the placement of osprey nesting platforms around the lake.       A few years ago, it was realized that the ospr...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.25.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Questions? May 22, 2011       Once again it is time to post some frequently asked questions for those new to fishing on Lake Norman.       Do I need a license to fish Lake Norman and other area lakes? Yes. A fishing license is required for residents and non-residents who are sixteen years of age or older. Visit www.ncwildlife.org for details.       Is there a closed season for bass? N...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.16.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Boat Wakes May 15, 2011       This past weekend’s steady stream of boats traveling up and down Lake Norman’s main river channel was a challenge, even to experienced mariners. In addition to navigating through a maze of boats at speed, the helmsmen had to safely maneuver through the large waves created by the wakes of passing vessels. Boat wakes come in all sizes, as do the boats that create them. To some who may not be aware, the V...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.09.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Navigating at Night May 8, 2011       If you’ve ever taken a sunset cruise to a lakeside restaurant for the first time, did the thought occur to you that it might be dark when it came time to leave? Believe me; a car ride home is much easier than a boat ride on a dark unfamiliar lake when no one knows the way back by water.       What is one to do? The first option, and maybe the best one, is to leave the boat...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.02.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Kayak Fishing May 1, 2011       There was a time when only the adventurous ones owned a kayak. The primary use of a kayak was to run the white water rapids in fast moving river gorges. Today’s kayaks are used not only as a means of exercise, but to enjoy nature, to sight see and to fish.       Kayaks are being used to catch everything from “sunny’s” in freshwater ponds to sailfish in oceans. They are a less...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.25.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!     The One That Got Away   4-24-2011       Let me tell you about the one that got away!       Fishermen have always used that line to begin a fish tale of woe. You’ve heard them many times and when you do, you know you’ll be subjected to another long story with a familiar ending. The fact is that most anglers tell more tales about the ones that got away, than about the ones that didn’t. Not surp...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (04/18/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.18.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Is Fishing Better on the Other Side? April 17, 2011       It doesn’t seem to matter! Regardless of where you go, the best fishing always seems to be at the farthermost distance from where you are.       Think about it! Fishermen spend six or seven hours driving to the outer banks of NC to catch winter stripers, and then run up the beach two hours by boat to the NC-Virginia state line to find fish. Lake Norman...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.11.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Ways to Catch More Fish April 10, 2011       Often I am asked if fishing isn’t the same everywhere. That is simply not true. Each body of water has its own characteristics and every fish population reacts differently. In fact, in many ways, it is more difficult on Lake Norman to tempt fish to strike baits. If you’re having issues, try the following.       * Down size - It is a fact that Lake Norman’s baitfis...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (04/04/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.04.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   April Fishing Forecast April 3, 2011       The month of April provides anglers with some of spring’s finest fishing action. As Lake Norman’s water temperatures rise, fish of all types will become hyperactive. Largemouth, striped bass, catfish and a variety of pan fish will cruise the shoreline. These fish are hungry and will feed excessively throughout the day and night. The urge to satisfy pent-up hunger from the cold of winter af...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.28.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Some Funny Stuff March 27, 2011       Going fishing is only part of the fun. Sometimes what people talk and write about afterwards adds even more enjoyment to the sport. Here are a few things that have happened along the way, and a few sayings taken from the walls of fishing establishments and restaurants.       A dad and son were fishing from the shoreline, when all of a sudden the boy catches a big fish. He a...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.21.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Lake Water Levels March 20, 2011       Coastal fishermen have certain spots they fish at high tide and other places they frequent when the tide is on the way out. One of the reasons is that fish become comfortable at a particular water depth. When the water rises (incoming tide), they move closer to the shoreline to maintain the preferred water depth. Conversely, when the water drops (outgoing tide), they move offshore. Lake fishing...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.14.11

Fishing with Capt. Gus!   Questions and Answers about Fishing March 13, 2011       Those new or old to Lake Norman and the surrounding lakes might find the questions and answers below of interest.       FISHING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS   * What is the best time of day to bass fish during the spring? Fishing is best in the morning, on days when the air temperature is warmer than the water. This type of condition is usually associate...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (03/07/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.07.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Spring Crappie Fishing March 6, 2011       Spring is almost here and most crappie fishermen are catching limits on area lakes. The popularity of this pan fish does not come from its ability to jump and tug when hooked. In fact, it doesn’t pull nearly as hard as a feisty white perch, but when battered and fried it tastes finer than a sizzling filet mignon.     Crappies, also known as speckled perch in some parts of...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.28.11

Signs of Spring   February 27, 2011       It might be wishful thinking, but the signs of an early spring are everywhere. As evidenced by the number of trucks and boat trailers at Lake Norman boat access areas and the growing throngs of people roaming the fishing tackle isles at local fishing outlets.Perhaps the best sign of an early spring was confirmed on February 2, 2011. It was on that day when Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. While not scientific, P...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (02/21/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.21.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Upcoming Major Bass Fishing Event February 20, 2011       Lake Norman has always been popular with recreational boaters, skiers, wake boarders and those who enjoy raft-ups. But until recently, fishermen didn’t hold it with the same high regard. In fact, fishing was so poor that anglers nicknamed it, “The Dead Sea”. Beginning in the mid to late nineties, it regenerated itself into one of the premier bass fishing reservoirs in the U...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (02/14/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.14.11

Everyone has dangled a worm from a hook at one time or another in hopes of catching a fish. Arguably, worms are the best bait for catching the widest variety of fish in both fresh and saltwater. No one knows for sure why. Maybe it’s the smell, the reddish color or the wiggle. Regardless of the reason, worms do catch fish.         Most freshwater anglers use earthworms, night crawlers and red-wigglers with great success. But savvy anglers are switching to bloodwor...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (02/07/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.07.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   February Lake Norman Fishing Outlook February 6, 2011       If the weather and water temperatures stay cold, the warm water discharges at the Marshall and McGuire power plants will be in play during early February. Large schools of spotted bass will concentrate in Ramsey Creek at the lower end of Lake Norman. Temperatures there can be ten degrees higher than the creek runs farther from the nuclear plant. Likewise, the waters from the...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (01/31/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.31.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!     The Sounds of Fishing   January 30, 2011       The sounds of fishing bring an added dimension to every trip. Some sounds are indications of a successful trip, while others tend to be problematic. So, let’s listen to some of them.       Howling wind, rumbling thunder and pouring rain might be the first sign that a fishing trip isn't off to a good start. On the other hand, a forecast of partly cl...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Capt. Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (01/24/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.24.11

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Winter Striper Fishing Fun January 23, 2011   The rod bent with great force, and the reel’s drag signaled a strike with its loud screech. “It has to be a striper! What other fish pulls with such force on Lake Norman?” Those were the words of the angler playing a fish on a recent trip. As the trophy was being landed, he added; “If they (stripers) jumped, people would switch from fishing for largemouth bass.” Even though stripers seldom jump wh...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.17.11

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!     Trolling Motors January 16, 2011       An electric trolling motor is a “must have” item for bass, striper and crappie anglers who cast to shorelines or slow troll live baits in area lakes. In recent years, trolling motors have also gained popularity with saltwater anglers who previously stalked the shallow marshes for reds and trout with push poles.       For optimum maneuverability the electric mot...
Lake Norman Ventures Inc. Captain Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (01/10/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.10.11

Fish Tales     1-9-11       While some fish tales are true, others are only embellishments of the facts or figments of the imagination. The very best stories are repeated over time until the listeners believe (almost) the tale really occurred in the manner it was told,       Everyone has watched the epic movies “Moby Dick”, “The Old Man and the Sea,” “20,000 Leagues under the Sea,” and “Jaws” more than once. While these tale...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures Captain Gus Gustafson
over 3 years ago (01/04/2011)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.04.11

Fish, like people, live in different places. While some folks set up housekeeping in the mountains, others live in the country or at the beach. Regardless, the biggest populations are in the cities and towns that dot our land. Lake Norman has never conducted a house-to-house census of where fish dwell, but anglers know that fish also find shelter in a variety of habitats.         Since the advent of modestly priced marine electronics, specifically sonar and GPS, f...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 3 years ago (12/27/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.27.10

Christmas Electronics       Even the least expensive fish/depth finder requires a great deal of time and study to learn to use and interpret. If you are like most new users, taking it out the box is only the beginning of a long and frustrating learning process. Don’t despair. It is not as difficult as it may seem.       Begin by reading the “How to Install” section of the instructions. If you find that the installing process is more than you can...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 3 years ago (12/20/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.20.10

Fishin' with Capt. Gus!   "A Visit from Captain Gus" December 19, 2010     “A Visit from Capt. Gus” has become a Lake Norman tradition and is being repeated again this Holiday Season. Enjoy!     "Twas the night before fishing, and all through the lake, Not a creature was stirring, not even a snake; The poles were stuck in the rod holders with care, In hopes that a big fish would soon be there; The kids were nestled all snug i...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 3 years ago (12/13/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.13.10

  Are you having difficulty finding a gift for a fisherman on your Holiday shopping list? Listed below are a few ideas that might bring a smile to any angler’s face on Christmas morning.         Fish Finders (Sonar) are the perfect gift for anglers who have difficulty locating fish. The viewing screen indicates bottom readings, water depth and actually shows fish under the boat. Prices begin at $50.00 for black and white units. Color models are more...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 3 years ago (12/06/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.06.10

There is an old saying used by fishermen that goes something like this, “I spent most of my money on fishing tackle, the rest I wasted.” Maybe you have heard it before, maybe you haven’t. But, regardless fishermen do spend a lot of money on tackle, particularly on fishing lures.         If you don’t believe it, the next time you are talking to a fisherman, ask how many tackle boxes he has accumulated over the years. Two, three, four or more doesn’...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 3 years ago (12/06/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.06.10

      The Lake Norman Marine Commission advises that the following Aids To Navigation (ATON’s) are in need of repair, non functioning, missing or not in their proper location.     Main Channel Markers Marker 4 - Light Out Marker 6 - Light Out     Creek Channel Markers None     Shoal Markers, Shoal Buoys, No Wake Buoys & Rock Markers None     Bridge Buoys None     Plea...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (11/29/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.29.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Kids 11-28-10       When it comes to fishing, kids say and do the darndest things.       Like the three children, two boys and a girl, who were so proud of their catch that they filled the master bathtub with water. And guess what??? Yes, they stocked it with the two white perch and one largemouth bass they had caught. Next, they added a carton of worms, dirt and all, plus a bag of crumbled chocolate chip cooki...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (11/22/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.22.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Fishing Tournament Tips November 21, 2010       Every angler dreams of participating in a fishing tournament, and it’s not as difficult to participate as one may think. Sometimes, the only requirement is to pay the entry fee and fish from the back seat of someone else’s boat.       Winning is different. That involves lots of skill, knowledge, practice and of course, just plain luck. If you’re interested in f...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (11/13/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.13.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Best Spots to Catch Cold Weather Fish 11-14-2110       Lake Norman’s five-hundred and twenty miles of shoreline provide ample habitats for fish to hide and thrive, but finding a good fishing hole in that much water is like finding “a needle in a hay stack.” The following pointers may be helpful in locating some good spots to try.       The best places to fish vary by the season and the species. The majority...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (11/08/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.08.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   2009 North Carolina Boating Statistics 11-7-2010   According to a report published by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, in 2009 there were 154 boating accidents statewide. The majority, (133) were classified as non-fatal, but sadly, 21 accidents accounted for 22 fatalities. Furthermore, there were 203 vessels involved in the 154 accidents, which caused 104 persons to require medical treatment. The year ended with a total of 368,...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (11/02/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.02.10

Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus. A blue heron stalking prey on a calm October morning.     Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! Blue Heron 10-31-10       Those who have spent time around the water have most likely seen a blue heron stalking minnows. The bluish-gray bird with long legs and an even longer neck is usually seen wading along the shore. These solitary hunters frequent quiet coves and areas where an abundance of baitfish swims near the shore.   &#...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (10/25/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.25.10

Fishing with Capt. Gus!   How Big Was It? October 24, 2010       “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” These words, spoken by Police Chief Brody in the movie “Jaws,” are arguably the best ever used to describe the size of a fish. The largest fish are usually hooked a long way from home and with no witnesses, camera or pictures to prove the tale. Here are a few quotes you might have heard before. Regardless, each is a very good example of the one that was...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (10/18/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.18.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Frequently Asked Questions 10-17-2010       It has been a while since we have answered reader’s questions. Here are a few of those most frequently asked.       Why are there so many bass tournaments on Lake Norman? There are two main reasons for the number of tournaments on Lake Norman. First and foremost, bass fishing is the best it has been in decades. The introduction of spotted bass gives tournament angler...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (10/11/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.11.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus! October - A “Cool” Month to Fish October 10, 2010       October is a “cool” month to enjoy Lake Norman. Hopefully, the weather will be a refreshing relief from the hot summer we’ve just experienced. More importantly for anglers, is that water temperatures will be cooler and fish will become more active and hungry.       Each fall, fishing gets better with the passing of every weather f...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (10/04/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.04.10

Fishing with Capt. Gus!   Fish Attractors October 3, 2010       Fish attractors work best in lakes that have very little underwater structure and/or natural vegetation. This is why the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, a local chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, is spear heading a project to strategically deploy hundreds of fish attractors from twenty to thirty feet deep in Lake Norman.       The first phase of this p...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (09/27/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.27.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   UFO - Unidentified Floating Objects September 26, 2010       Lake Norman is North Carolina’s largest freshwater impoundment with 32,000 surface acres of water at full pond, more than enough water to afford the opportunity to see unusual, strange, and even Unidentified Floating Objects (UFO’s).       To the delight of adults and children, one very large object that surfaces each summer is Normie, the Lake Norm...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (09/21/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.21.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Things Anglers Forget September 19, 2010       Fishermen are notorious for forgetting things. One would think that sooner or later we would learn to make a checklist and use it. But for most of us, that will never happen. Many fishing trips are a spur of the moment decision, and most people do not take the time to check off a list when in a hurry to go fishing.       How many times have you seen this scenario?...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (09/13/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.13.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Spotted Bass September 12, 2010       Lake Norman holds the state record for a 6.5 lb, .spotted bass caught in December 2003.   Spotted Bass were introduced to Lake Norman during the mid to late nineties. Since then they have thrived in North Carolina’s largest freshwater impoundment. Thanks to the spotted bass, Lake Norman, once called the Dead Sea by bass anglers, is now among the most popular stops on the FLW a...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 4 years ago (09/07/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.07.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Late Summer Catfishing September 5, 2010       While most fishermen are waiting for cool weather to arrive, those targeting catfish are catching plenty of large ones. Catfishing improves every summer when the weather gets really hot, and this summer has been no exception. Three of the best places to try your luck are at Cowans Ford Dam, “The Sandbar” and “Cocktail Cove.”       The area near the dam has been...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (08/30/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.30.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   September Expectations August 29, 2010       No one wants to wish away the summer, but this summer has been hot for so long, that many of us will be glad when it’s over. Even the fish will be glad to see it go, since thousands of stripers and catfish died at the south end of Lake Norman in late July and August. The recent kill was caused by a combination of high water temperatures and low levels of dissolved oxygen.    ...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (08/23/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.23.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Hybrid Striped Bass August 22, 2010       What is next for Lake Norman’s depleted striper fishery?       This year’s striped bass kill is finally winding down, but not before 7,000 adult fish were scooped from the surface of Lake Norman. If that’s not enough, a small kill (300) in 2009 and another in 2004 that took the lives of 3,000 fish, has diminished the quality and quantity of the striper fishery. With...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (08/16/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.16.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   Fish Signs August 15, 2010       Road signs help travelers find restaurants, gas stations, accommodations and various points of interest. If signs aren’t enough, modern vehicles are equipped with a G.P.S. and other helpful gadgets that allow the driver to easily locate almost anything along the highway. Wouldn’t it be nice if fishermen had similar resources available to help them find fish? They do, but most signs aren’t as obviou...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (08/09/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.09.10

Remember when you couldn’t wait to get out of school and go fishin’? I do! A fishin’ hole is often a magical place where, as kids we caught fish. It might have been an undercut bank along the edge of a stream or a farm pond out in the country. Regardless, the fishin’ hole was a place to spend time away from school and chores. It was also a place to row a boat, swim, or swing on a rope.     The Andy Griffiith Show’s theme song, hit the nail right on the head with its lyrics...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (08/01/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.01.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!     Stormy Weather   August 1, 2010       Stormy weather has frequently forced boaters off area lakes this summer. These powerful storms, even though short lived, bring strong winds, lightning and pelting rain. Thunderstorms can occur at any time, but most of them develop during afternoon and early evening hours. That’s when the majority of boaters are on the water, and often a long way from the home port. Some boaters d...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (07/25/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.25.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   Big Blue Marlin   7-25–2010       A few weeks ago, a long time friend and Captain of the Sea Horse, a charter boat that plies the waters off the coast of Islamorada, FL, had an encounter with a very large blue marlin. Below is Captain Rick Rodriguez’s account of the experience.       “Have you ever put new line on a reel and wondered how important it is to tie a good knot on the spool? Most of us tie...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (07/19/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.19.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   Jigging Spoons 7-18 -2010       A jigging spoon is a slender slab of metal with a single or triple hook on one end and an eye or swivel on the other that connects to the fishing line. This lure is available in a variety of colors and sizes, ranging from a quarter ounce to several ounces. Jigging spoons are best fished vertically over concentrations of fish in deep water.       Originally, the jigging spoon was...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (07/11/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.11.10

Fishing With Capt. Gus!   The Osprey of Lake Norman 7-11- 2010       Have you ever wondered which birds build the giant nests on channel markers, power poles and other high structures around Lake Norman? Some think they are bald eagle nests, but actually they are the spring and summer home of the osprey, a rather large bird whose primary diet is fish.       The nesting activity of the osprey, known by some as a fish hawk, begins in early...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (07/05/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.05.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Holiday Week Fishing July 4, 2010       It’s the Fourth of July week and not all fireworks are in the sky. There are lots of noises caused by splashing fish and kids yelling when they see them jump.       Fishing seems better than it has been in years. It might be the hot weather, high water levels, or maybe there are more fish around than in the past. Regardless, there are plenty of swimming around Lake Norma...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (06/28/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.28.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Hot Weather Boating & Fishing Tips June 27, 2010       After a really cold winter, it looks like we’re headed for a super hot summer. The mid-June heat wave has caused Lake Norman's surface water temperatures to soar into the mid to high eighties, making it feel like bath water. On days when the sun is bright and the wind is light, the heat becomes noticeable at eight in the morning. By ten o'clock it’s time to seek shade and a...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (06/21/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.21.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   White Perch June 20, 2010       Each year about this time white perch gather in large schools on Lake Norman and other Piedmont Lakes. It’s easy for anglers to catch all they want in a matter of a few hours. Reports of boats catching one, two and three hundred perch per trip are common and are not a stretch of the imagination. If you are interested in hauling in a ton of fish that are fun to catch and good to eat, read on.  ...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (06/14/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.14.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Hooks Catch More Than Fish June 13, 2010       Everyone has a tale about getting hooked while fishing. It seems that it happens to all of us sooner or later. After the fact, some stories are quite funny and make for great jokes. But, if hooks are handled in a careless manner, the danger is real and there is always the potential of serious injury to eye, body or limb. Modern fish hooks are very sharp, so sharp, in fact, that little,...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
about 4 years ago (06/07/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.07.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Summer Striper Fishing   June 6, 2010       Many people stop fishing for stripers during the warmer months because fish are more difficult to find in deep water. For the few who do brave the summer pleasure boat traffic, the reward is often a four fish limit of tasty filets. If you want to try your luck, give one of these time proven techniques a try.       Live or Cut Bait - Drift or slow troll live b...
Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (05/31/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.31.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Need to Know   May 30, 2010   Everyone seems to have questions related to boating and fishing on Lake Norman. Some of the most frequently asked questions are addressed below.       ? Up north, we had a closed season on bass fishing. What are the regulations on Lake Norman? Lake Norman does not have a closed fishing season. Anglers can fish year round for any species, except grass carp.      ...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (05/24/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.24.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Blue Heron Island May 23, 2010       If you haven’t visited the Blue Heron rookery on Lake Norman, now is the time. The island is a beehive of activity since the chicks have hatched and are maturing. The active parents, take turns hunting for baby-food twenty-four hours a day. When they aren’t foraging, they gather nesting materials (mostly sticks and branches) used to enlarge or repair their gigantic nests. At times there are so m...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (05/17/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.17.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Funny Stuff May 16, 2009     Most everyone has a favorite fishing tale. Sometimes, it’s about the fish that got away or about something unusual that happened along the way. Here are a few humorous stories.     A lady dock fishing for catfish: Not long ago, a lady was fishing off a friend’s pier when she hooked a rather large catfish. After quite a battle, she was able to get the fish out of the water and onto the dock, b...
Fishing With Capt. Gus
over 4 years ago (05/12/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.12.10

The other day, a group of people were eating lunch and enjoying the weather on a covered pier. One of the children carelessly dropped a large strawberry into the water. Before anyone could scoop it out, a giant carp came to the surface to investigate. Everyone thought they had discovered a new carp bait, but the fish just smelled it and swam away. Moments later, a huge catfish appeared and wasted no time inhaling the strawberry. The action that followed consisted of numerous lines hitting the...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (05/03/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 05.03.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   May Fishing On Lake Norman May 2, 2010       Historically, the second and third weeks of May are gang busters for Lake Norman anglers. This is usually the time when all fishing conditions are right. What could be better than nice weather, fish jumping on the surface, and rods bent double with stripers, bass and catfish?       Fish will stay in the shallows throughout the month. Some larger stripers will be up...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (04/26/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.26.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!   Garfish April 25, 2010     Every spring there are reports of something big that swims around docks and in shallow coves. To the first time observer, garfish resemble snakes, gators or even lake monsters that swim near the surface. This long cylindrical fish with a snout full of teeth, does indeed, resemble a sea serpent, of sorts. Its dark green diamond shaped scales create the illusion of a finned snake-like denizen of the deep.  ...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (04/19/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.19.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   How Do You Figure? April 18, 2010       Have you ever wondered why certain things happen or don’t happen when you’re boating or fishing? Some things are mystifying, while others are just plain interesting to think about. If you are one of those folks, here are a few additional thoughts to add to your list.       ? How did fish ever acquire a taste for earth worms? ? Why does the person in the front of the b...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (04/12/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 04.12.10

Fishin’ with Capt. Gus!   Catfishing April 11, 2010       The largest fish on Lake Norman are catfish. The biggest ever caught was an eighty-five pound Arkansas Blue. It held the state record for a couple of years, before an eighty-nine pounder was caught on one of the lakes in the Yadkin River chain.       While we don’t see many eighty-pounders, there are more than enough twenty to forty pound blues and flatheads to entice anglers to...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (03/29/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.29.10

Are all fishermen liars, except you and me? That’s something many of us wonder from time to time.     I was reminded of this recently when an area fisherman sent this note. “Everybody believed that I lost my Bomber lure because a monster bass inhaled it and stripped my reel clean of line. But, I think the part about the fish leaping out the water and jumping over a boat dock might have been a little much. Surprising enough, nobody questioned the 1200 lb. blue catfish I said I...

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.23.10

Catchin lots of STRIPERS,SPOTTED BASS,CATFISH and WHITE PERCH,bout 75 to 100 a day,lots of fun on lite tackle,6 and 8 lb test line.     TY 1 On Fishing Guide Service   www.TYONEON.NET ty_mathis@hotmail.com   828-308-7755  ...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
over 4 years ago (03/22/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.22.10

On any given day, fishermen line the banks of the fishing area at the McGuire Nuclear Plant. Where there is plenty of room to fish and, at times, lots of fish are caught. Since the water from the power station is very warm, fish feed actively throughout the day. First timers to the area should plan to spend some time watching and talking to those catching fish. Most anglers enjoy sharing their fishing techniques and success stories with you.       A wide variety of fish...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
over 4 years ago (03/15/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.15.10

Fishin’ with Capt Gus!   Family Fishing Fun March 14, 2010   Spring is a great time to take children fishing. If you haven’t been in a while, and don’t know where to go or how or what to do, read on.   Where to Fish   Shorelines, docks and piers are good places to spend a few hours wetting a line. The Lake Norman State Park, (704 528 6350) in Troutman, NC has a long wooden fishing pier and also allows bank fishing in many areas. Ramsey Creek Park (704...
Captain Gus Gustafson Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
over 4 years ago (03/08/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.08.10

Fishin’ With Capt Gus!   Baitcasting or Spinning Reels? March 7, 2010   Which is a better choice – a baitcasting reel or a spinning reel? This question is often asked by anglers new to the sport. While both have their time and place, more spinning reels are sold than baitcasters. The reason for this lopsided sales ratio is simple. Spinners are easier to cast and do not backlash. To help you decide which reel is best suited for your fishing situation, consider the followin...
Captain Gus Gustafson Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (03/01/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 03.01.10

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! Date: 02-28-2010 Fishin' Report   Time and tide wait for no man and neither does the spring spawning season. In fact, it has already begun, with white perch and crappie moving toward the shallows. Largemouth bass, spots and stripers are also preparing for the annual spring ritual by eating everything in sight. With that in mind, don’t let cold temperatures and muddy water deter the beginning of the new fishing season. Gather up your tackle, dress warmly and g...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (02/22/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.22.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! More Tales February 21, 2010 Persistent winter weather conditions, combined with muddy water, have dramatically reduced the number of fishermen plying area lakes. Those braving the elements are making their efforts worthwhile by finding lots of bass, stripers and perch. The diehards are finding hungry fish in sections of the lake that aren’t muddy or in the warm water near the hot holes. Those not fishing are biding their time until spring by telling f...
Captain Gus Gustafson Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (02/15/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.15.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Normie , the Lake Monster February 14, 2010   “Mystery of the Carolina Woods”, an article published in this month’s issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine suggests that a Nessie-like monster might live in Lake Norman.   “Normie” was named by Matt Myers, web designer and creator of www.LakeNormanMonster.com. Since there aren’t any valid photographs of Normie, the site features a cartoon-like rendering...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (02/08/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.08.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Winter Water Temperatures February 7, 2009  A few weeks ago when threadfin shad were dying in the freezing (32°) waters of Lake Norman’s shallow coves, some anglers were bass fishing in the relatively spring like (60°) water near the nuclear power plant. This thirty-degree variance in water temperatures is the major reason why the state’s largest man made impoundment is such a great winter fishery.   The astute angler finds...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (02/01/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 02.01.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Landmarks January 31, 2010   Navigating a large body of water for the first time can be enjoyable or intimidating, depending on the experience of the skipper. It is prudent for new boaters to allow time for thought, study and planning before making a maiden voyage.   Complete a Boater Safety Course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Next, procure a lake map that shows the Aids to Navigation (Cha...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
over 4 years ago (01/25/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.25.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! What Fishermen Do January 24, 2010 What do fishermen do when it’s too cold to fish? Sometimes they gather at local tackle shops and watering holes to brag about the big fish they’ve caught and lost. Some of their stories are hard to fathom, but because there are usually no pictures or reliable witnesses around, the truth is often questionable. Some might believe one such tale I overheard recently, while others might find it difficult to fathom....
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
over 4 years ago (01/18/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.18.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Cold and Colder Weather January 17, 2010 The recent cold spell has separated the fair weather fishermen from the hardcore anglers. The chill has been so frigid that even some of the hardcore crowd have been missing in action. While most anglers prefer to fish in more tolerable conditions, some of the fish don’t seem to mind. Stripers, white perch and spotted bass relish the cooler water temperatures.   This column, however, is not about the fi...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (01/11/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.11.10

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Fishin' Basics January 10, 2010 Catching a fish on the first cast of the day gets any trip off to a positive start. Sometimes that’s hard to do, particularly if you haven’t been fishing in a while. This column discusses some of the things experienced anglers concentrate on to assure their next trip is successful.   Many fishermen keep and refer to a fishing diary - a record of the date, time, places fished, bait used, and species of fish...
Captain Gus Gustafson Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (01/04/2010)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 01.04.10

Fishin' With Capt. Gus Jigging Spoons January 3, 2010   The yo-yo action of a spoon, fished vertically below the boat, has tempted saltwater striped bass for decades. Deep jigging has also been proven to be equally effective in freshwater lakes. Stripers, bass, white perch and catfish are all enticed by this technique. A little known fact is how effective jigging spoons are for catfish. It goes without saying, that some of the biggest blues and flatheads have been caught while dee...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (12/28/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.28.09

Photo of Clint Moser of Concord, NC holding a Lake Norman Striped Bass caught while fishing in celebration of his 13th Birthday. Clint is in the seventh grade at Hickory Grove Christian School. Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! New Year Resolutions December 27, 2009 If you make some or all of these resolutions for the New Year, fishing and boating might be more enjoyable! • I will take a kid fishing. • I will throw the small fish back and keep only the ones I intend to eat...
Captain Gus Gustafson / Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (12/21/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.21.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! "A Visit from Captain Gus" December 20, 2009 "A Visit from Captain Gus" is being reprinted upon demand from previous holidays. Enjoy!   "Twas the night before fishing, and all through the lake, Not a creature was stirring, not even a snake; The poles were stuck in the rod holders with care, In hopes that a big fish would soon be there; The kids were nestled all snug in the vessel, While dreaming of fishes they soon w...
Capt. Gus Gustafson Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
over 4 years ago (12/14/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.14.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! Hot Hole Fishing December 13, 2009   In December, January and February, Lake Norman’s “Hot Holes” will be the place to fish. Boat and bank fishing is permitted in designated locations at both power plants. The McGuire Nuclear Station is located off Highway 73, east of Cowan’s Ford Dam, and the Marshall Steam Plant is off Highway 150, on the west side of the Catawba River. Both areas are called “Hot Holes”, so before y...
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
over 4 years ago (12/07/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 12.07.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! Date: 12-06-2009 Fishin' Report   It was early spring when Mooresville website designer, Kevin Smith decided to return to his favorite pond to do a little fishing. On this particular day, he brought along an ultra-lite, closed faced fishing outfit. The rod resembled a twig from a small tree and the reel looked like an Easter egg with a handle. Kevin knew it was a fragile outfit, but thought it would be just right for catching the small bass and panfish that...
Capt. Gus Gustafson Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (11/30/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.30.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Gift Ideas for the Fisherman November 29, 2009 Buying holiday gifts for most people is easy compared to selecting something special for a fisherman. Most anglers seem to have almost everything they need and prefer to make their own tackle and equipment selections. Knowing this, below are a few suggestions with universal appeal, guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of your favorite angler on Christmas morning.   • Fishing Caps - ($4.99 +) Fis...
Captain Gus Gustafson / Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (11/23/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.23.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! New Boating Regulations November 22, 2009 North Carolina is now one of many states that require boaters to have completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved boating education course. Organizations that locally provide boater safety courses are beefing up their 2010 schedules to accommodate the increase in demand created by the new regulation. Below are excerpts of information from www.ncwildlife.org and other sources:  ...
Capt. Gus Gustafson / Lake Norman Ventures
almost 5 years ago (11/16/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.16.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Holiday Fishing November 15, 2009 The upcoming holiday period is one of the best times of the year to fish Lake Norman. By Thanksgiving weekend, most pleasure boats have been winterized and are off the water until spring. The remaining boats are more than likely fishing.   Striped bass, the “king” among Lake Norman’s fish, become energized when water temperatures dip into the fifties. They gorge themselves with shad and herring....
Fishing With Capt. Gus Lake Norman Ventures
almost 5 years ago (11/09/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.09.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! This and That November 8, 2009   This is the time of year when it’s hard to decide whether to watch football, hunt, rake leaves or fish. Well, the answer is simple for yours truly and a host of other people that I know – FISH! The reason is; fish are more active now than they’ve been since spring, and the weather most days is magnificent.   Cooler water temperatures have brought stripers back to life after spending their summer i...
Captain Gus / Lake Norman Ventures
almost 5 years ago (11/02/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 11.02.09

Fishin' With Capt. Gus! Lake Norman November Fishing Forecast November 1, 2009 In November stripers settle into an early winter pattern. They concentrate in a particular area for days at a time and then follow the bait to other locations. Catching them is easy – the trick is finding them, particularly for those who use basic live-bait fishing techniques. The most popular technique is a combination of down lines, flat lines and planer boards, baited with live shad, herring or shin...
Fishing With Capt. Gus / Lake Norman Ventures
almost 5 years ago (10/26/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.26.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! Date: 10-25-2009 Fishin' Report Best Live Baits October 25, 2009   Fishermen are frequently asked three questions. (1) Catchin’ anything? (2) Where did you get ‘em? (3) What were they hittin’? The answer to the first question is usually, “Yes!” The responses to the other two questions are often vague or somewhat elusive. Most anglers prefer to keep their fishing holes and the bait they use a secret, but don’t hesit...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (10/19/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.19.09

Fishing With Capt. Gus! Fall Fishing Tips October 18, 2009 Cool mornings and warm afternoons make fishing great on Lake Norman. Bass and stripers have been actively feeding since the water surface temperatures dropped into the mid-seventies. Fall is the perfect time to fish. The prime time bite can occur, not only at dawn and dusk, but at anytime throughout the day. Hopefully, the following tips will make a good day’s fishing even better.   • Dress for the weather. Co...
Captain Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (10/12/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.12.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! Date: 10-11-2009 Fishin' Report   Most access areas have ramps with docks that provide ample habitat for fish and a quick route to deep water. Bass and striper tournaments are frequently won by anglers who catch the prize winning fish right at the ramp where the boat was launched. Pinnacle Access is the busiest, but best launch site on Lake Norman to immediately begin fishing. Save the big engine, just lower the electric motor, and start casting. Larg...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (10/05/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 10.05.09

Fishing With Capt. Gus! October Fishing Forecast October 4, 2009 October’s fishing improves with each passing cold front. Cooler water temperatures allow fish to move freely from deep to shallow water. As the month progresses, stripers will move to the back of major creeks.   The early morning surface feeding witnessed in September gains momentum in October. The bite will last longer and bass will also join the fray. Anglers with spinning rods and a variety of artificial l...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (09/28/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.28.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Landing Nets September 27, 2009   The landing net is arguably the most frequently forgotten item on any fishing trip. If you leave the net at home, you can almost guarantee that you will hook and lose a big fish at the boat. To quote a popular reminder, “Don’t leave home without it.”   A dip net, as some call it, is both a blessing and a challenge. It can be used to land a trophy fish, when manipulated by skilled hands, but...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
almost 5 years ago (09/21/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.21.09

John Williams, Peter Cox and his four year old daughter Brianna, all from Charlotte, NC. are proudly holding a trophy flathead catfish they caught off the dock where they keep their boats in Cornelius, NC. Photo courtesy of John Williams   Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! It Happened Around the Lake September 20, 2009 Labor Day ended with a journey to the Urgent Care Center to have a fishhook removed. Getting stuck is never fun, but it comes with the job. Being a regular visitor th...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
almost 5 years ago (09/14/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.14.09

Fishing With Capt. Gus Discarded Fishing Line Sept. 13, 2009 Have you ever tripped or become entangled in a section of fishing line? The answer is probably “YES”, since most anglers have shared this experience more than once. While discarded monofilament line is a nuisance to mankind, it can also be deadly to fish, fowl and other wild animals. The almost invisible tangling coils can seal a bird’s beak shut, or immobilize other forest creatures. Even dolphins, manatees a...
"Fishing with Capt. Gus!" Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
almost 5 years ago (09/08/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 09.08.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! New Fish Finder Woes September 6, 2009 A fishing acquaintance told this story on himself the other day. It seems that he had purchased a new sonar unit because the one he had was outdated and didn’t show fish images very well. The new unit was top of the line. He was anxious to see if it was as good as the salesmen had said it would be.   As the boat left the dock, he was impressed with the unit’s clarity and color images. He saw bottom...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
about 5 years ago (08/31/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.31.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Girls Fishing August 30, 2009 While recently wandering through a local store, it was amazing to see how many traditional items are now available in PINK. Pink fishing rods, guns, pepper spray, tackle boxes, camouflaged clothing, tee-shirts, polos, hats and caps all come in PINK. The cutest thing about the shirts and hats are the slogans printed on them. Below are a few you might enjoy.   One tee-shit in a little girl’s size had an image of a f...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
about 5 years ago (08/24/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.24.09

Brianna Cox of Charlotte holding a string of white perch caught on a Sabiki rig while fishing with her dad, Peter. Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus   Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Sabiki Rigs August 23, 2009 Sabiki rigs fished vertically in a school of white perch, crappie or spotted bass will often produce multiple hook-ups. When schooling fish are feeding aggressively, it’s a common occurrence to hook two, three, four or more fish at one time. Playing several small fish at...
Lake Norman Ventures, Inc - Fishin' with Capt. Gus!
about 5 years ago (08/17/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.17.09

Fishin' with Capt. Gus! Date: 08-16-2009 Fishin' Report   Everyone who fishes catches something unexpected at one time or another. Sticks, boots, rusty cans, rags, etc. have fooled more than one angler into thinking he or she had a really large fish. Recently, I heard a story about a man who thought he had caught a big bass. When he put his thumb in its mouth to pull it out of the water, he felt a very sharp pain and saw blood. As it turned out, it wasn't a bass at all, but a bo...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc.
about 5 years ago (08/10/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.10.09

Photo of a majestic summer sunset on beautiful Lake Norman courtesy of Capt. Gus   Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Noise August 9, 2009   Every angler has heard, "Be quiet or you’ll scare the fish.” Certain noises spook and scatter fish and can turn a normally docile swimmer into an eating machine. Fish feel movement, pressure changes, and vibrations through a system of lateral lines that run the length of its body. Depending on the size of the fish, it c...
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc
about 5 years ago (08/01/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 08.01.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus The Three D’s August 2, 2009   August is a time when daylight hours are so steamy that people want to stay inside and yard dogs prefer to sleep under the porch. It’s also a time when fishermen mistakenly put their fishing tackle away and wait until the weather cools. The fact of the matter is, fishing for panfish is quite good during the heat of any day in August. The three “D’s” - dawn, dusk and dark are best for crappie,...
Captain Gus Gustafson
about 5 years ago (07/27/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.27.09

Photo of Lake Norman area resident Robert Butler holding a Sabiki Rig loaded with white perch. Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Gustafson   Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Don’t Forget July 26, 2009   Most folks don’t get to go fishing as often as they would like, so they sometimes forget to bring the critical items needed to make the trip a success. Listed below are a few “must have” items. If you’re going to forget something, don’t forge...
Lake Norman Ventures, Inc - Fishin’ With Capt. Gus
about 5 years ago (07/20/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.20.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Summer Night Fishing July 19, 2009 Photo of - A glow light surrounded by fish Photo courtesy of Capt. Gus Gustafson   The dog days of summer have arrived! This is the time of year when the sun’s rays shine directly on the water and the water temperature becomes the hottest. The combination of heat and bright light makes conditions ideal for fishing after dark for bass, crappie, cat and stripers. Popular fishing methods are to cast toward l...
Capt. Gus Gustafson
about 5 years ago (07/13/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.13.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Frequently Asked Fishing Questions July 12, 2009 Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions concerning Lake Norman: Where are the best places to fish from a boat on Lake Norman? • That depends on the season of the year and the species of fish you are after. As a rule, the islands adjacent to, and just north of the state park in the main river channel, produce lots of fish. Reed and Davidson Creeks at the lower end of the lake are also popular fishing a...
Lake Norman Ventures, Inc - Capt. Gus!
about 5 years ago (07/05/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 07.05.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Hot Weather Fishing Tips July  5,  2009   Summer fishing is fun, and July is a great time to catch bass, bream and lots of catfish. Hopefully, the following Hot Weather Fishing Tips will make your next trip fun and productive.   The best time to fish is between 10:00 p.m. and 10:a.m. when air and water temperatures are the coolest. When night fishing, be sure that the boat's running lights are working and have a supply...
Capt. Gus Gustafson
about 5 years ago (06/29/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.29.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus! Fishing Line Tips June 28, 2009 Fishing line is the weakest link between the angler and a trophy fish. When fished correctly, a large fish can be landed on the lightest of line. If not, even the smallest of fish can break the line. By following a few basics reminders, your next encounter with a trophy fish might result in a wall mount. Begin by matching the diameter or the line’s breaking strength (pound test) to the tackle being used. Most fishing rods have line...
Captain Gus
about 5 years ago (06/22/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.22.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!High Tide June 21, 2009Due to the recent rains, Lake Norman and the Catawba River Basin Lakes have been at near flood stage levels. As with low water, high water conditions also present a unique challenge for boaters.Flotsam (debris) washed down river by stronger than normal currents, and trash washed from the shoreline by rising water, not only create a nuisance, but make navigation extremely hazardous. In recent days, reports of unattended boats, entire docks, telepho...
Lake Norman Ventures, Inc-Capt. Gus Gustafson
about 5 years ago (06/15/2009)

Lake Norman Fishing Report 06.15.09

Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!Annual Striper StockingJune 14, 2009Aren’t stripers saltwater fish? This question is often posed by anglers new to the sport of fishing for landlocked striped bass. Stripers are, in fact, saltwater fish that thrive when confined or stocked in freshwater lakes. Since stripers can grow to mammoth proportions, they provide an exciting fishery throughout the southeast. Lake Norman's striped bass come from brood fish taken from the Roanoke River during the spring spawning...

Fish

Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Stripedbass-240-fwsw

Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
Whitebass-240-fw

Bass, White (Morone chrysops)

Freshwater
492
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Blackbullhead-240-fw

Bullhead, Black (Ameiurus melas)

Freshwater
192
Brownbullhead-240-fw

Bullhead, Brown (Ameiurus nebulosus)

Freshwater
Yellowbullhead-240-fw

Bullhead, Yellow (Ameiurus natalis)

Freshwater
283
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Bluecatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Blue (Ictalurus furcatus)

Freshwater
322
Flatheadcatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris)

Freshwater
635
Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Whitecrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, White (Pomoxis annularis)

782
Garlongnose-240-fwsw

Gar, Longnose (Lepisosteus osseus)

67
Whiteperch-240-fw

Perch, White (Morone americana)

Freshwater
480
Yellowperch-240-fw

Perch, Yellow (Perca flavescens)

Freshwater
Pumpkinseed-240-fw

Sunfish, Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)

Freshwater
919

Guides

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Lake Norman Ventures Inc.

Fishing or Cruising with Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. both is fun and entertaining! With Gus, Craig, Mac, Chris and Jerry you will learn fishing techniques that will improve your fishing and allo...
Sherrills Ford, NC, United States United States
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Pro Am Guide Service

Two and three bedroom KENAI RIVER CABINS. Guided fishing for Salmon and Halibut. Ocean, river and fly-out fishing. All inclusive lodge. Private bank fishing. Package prices. Relax and watch the r...
Concord, NC, United States United States
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Ty-1-On Fishing Guide Service

Taking people fishing and teaching them how to catch fish. offers 1/2 day, 3/4 day or full day fishing trips Ty specializes in striped bass now, but also catches largemouth, smallmouth, catfis...
Maiden, NC, United States United States
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TY 1 On Fishing Guide Service

Don't be fooled by imitators! Fish with the most experienced guide on Lake Norman. Ty 1 on Fishing Guide Service owned and operated by Ty Mathis. Ty specializes in striped bass, but also catches la...
Maiden, NC, United States United States

Lodges

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Tournaments

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