Lake Norman Fishing

Thing To Do Lake Norman Fishing

There is nothing better than Lake Norman fishing. Fishermen from across the globe come to Lake Norman for their chance to catch record-winning Bass, Perch, Bluegill, Crappie and Catfish. This 32,000 acre lake is a haven for various water sport activities aside from just fishing. Located near the north-central part of the state, anglers have miles of shoreline to fish from. Since the fish here bite all year long, you’ll have plenty of chances to nab your dream fish. Come in the summer or visit during the fall. Regardless, the fish will keep biting!

Common Lake Norman Fish

fish on a line at Lake Norman, NC

Lake Norman, the largest artificial lake in North Carolina, is home to various fish species. While fishing is open all year round, the perfect time to go fishing is during the summer, when many of the species are the most active.

In these waters, you'll find fish species such as:

  • Black crappie
  • White crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Bodie Bass
  • White Bass
  • Flathead catfish
  • Channel catfish
  • Yellow perch
  • White perch
  • Bluegill

Best Lake Norman Fishing Spots

There are several great spots to choose from when fishing in Lake Norman:

  • Patriot Pier (located in Ramsey Creek Park)
  • Lake Norman State Park 
  • Stump Creek (located on Perth Road)
  • Jetton Park
  • Latta Nature Preserve
  • Blythe Landing
  • Robbins Park


  • Persons under age 16 are exempt from the requirement of a basic fishing license.
  • A resident may fish with natural bait in his county of residence without a basic fishing license. “Natural Bait” is any bait that can be beneficially digested by fish. An individual must carry a form of identification that shows his or her photograph, name and current address. This exemption does not apply to the special trout license.
  • July 4th is declared “FREE FISHING DAY” and a fishing license is not required on this date.
  • Fishing licenses are available at Wal-Mart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Food Lion and Gander Mountain.
  • Visit NC Wildlife for rules and regulations.
  • If you prefer to have your own guide, check out Captain Will at Set'N Hooks

Fishing on Lake Norman: Is it Good?

Yes, it is. 

One of the best things about Lake Norman is how easy it is to access, regardless of where you are staying. There is plenty of shoreline to fish from as well as piers to cast a line from. 

Keep in mind, Lake Norman is not a small body of water. It is approximately 34 miles long and nearly 2 miles wide at its broadest point. Whether you want to hop on a boat and fish in the middle of the lake, or stay near the shoreline and get your feet wet, you’ll have plenty of fishing spots to choose from.

What are you waiting for? Come visit Lake Norman today!