Lake Norman’s Westport Marina Shares Tips on Fishing
There are few things that compare to a day out on Lake Norman with your fishing pole in the water. In addition to the beautiful scenery and the calming atmosphere, there’s nothing like the thrill of the catch. As your line tightens, your heart jolts and you can’t help but to feel joy. As a popular Lake Norman marina for fishermen, Westport Marina sees a lot of happy faces and stocked live-wells.
“Our marina is a very popular destination for area fishermen, mainly due to our convenient location near some of Lake Norman’s best fishing holes,” said Lowry Hobbs of Westport Marina. “Another reason is our quick and courteous service that gets fishermen in and out of the water and fueled up without any hassle.”
Lake Norman Fishing Tips
Since fishing is one of Lake Norman’s favorite pastimes, everyone seems to have their own collection of tips. You can ask 100 different fishermen what the secret is to catching fish, and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. It’s a sport that’s half art and half science.
If you’ve been looking for a competitive edge out on the water, you’re in luck. Below are a few basic tips we have put together to help you reel in the big ones!
The key to catching them is knowing where to find them.The southwest section of Lake Norman has been known to host some monster catches. Huge catfish and trophy-worthy bass are common in this area.
- Bass and stripers – These fish love the cooler waters. During the summer months, you can find them in the deep areas. But as the weather starts to cool, they start moving into shallow waters – giving bay fisherman a greater chance to snag one.
- Crappie – These fish are not pickle; however, during the late summer and early fall months, the majority of these fish are caught around decks, piers and docks. Crappie are some of the easier fish to catch.
- Catfish – If you are fishing with the right bait, you can catch a catfish just about anywhere in Lake Norman. The largest catfish ever caught in Lake Norman was reeled in just off the shore, but they have also been known to feed off the bottom of some very deep waters.
Time and Season
In general the best time to fish is about an hour before and after sunrise and sunset. This is the time fish are most active because they are feeding.
As far as the best season to fish, you are in it. In addition to early spring, the late summer and early fall months are perfect for fishing due to the cool weather and calm waters.
Some say that the phase of the moon also has an influence on fishing. Between the time when the moon is new and when it is full is considered to be a prime time to fish. If this is true, it means that mid-September to early October holds an advantage.
Once the cooler weather moves in, the bass will start getting fat for the winter, which makes them more aggressive. Be sure to fish the coves with large jerk-baits, grubs and spinner-baits.