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:
Striped Bass (Stripers) Striper Fishing Info can be found here.
Bridge, boat docks, ledges.
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.