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Lake & Striper Information for the North Carolina Area:
Mountain Island Lake Back to the Top
Mountain Island Lake -
Built in 1924, Mountain Island Lake encompasses 2788 surface acres
with 61 miles of shoreline., It is approximately 14.7 miles long,
and has a maximum depth of 58.4 ft. The northern limit of Mountain
Island Lake is the Cowans Ford Dam, which represents the beginning
of Lake Norman. With a retention time of 11 days, Mountain Island
Lake has good water flow and oxygen quality(during normal conditions),
which results in robust populations of largemouth bass, catfish,
striper, crappie and bream. Mountain Island is particularly
known for producing large blue catfish and plenty of "schoolie"
size stripers. The primary forage species are threadfin and gizzard
shad, plus pan fishes.
Lake Norman Back to the Top
Lake Norman - The largest
freshwater lake situated solely in NC, Lake Norman is composed
32,510 surface acres and 520 miles of shoreline. Lake Norman began
filling in 1963 upon completion of the Cowans Ford Dam. It is
miles long with a maximum depth of 130 ft. The northern limit for
Lake Norman is the Lookout Shoals dam which forms Lookout Shoals
Lake. Due to it's size, Lake Norman has a high retention time.
Although water flow is significant during normal conditions, it
months for water to travel through the lake. However, Lake Norman
supports large populations of forage and game fish species. The
forage is threadfin shad, blue back herring, gizzard shad and pan
fishes. Game fishes include striper, largemouth bass, spotted
blue catfish, flathead catfish, channel catfish, crappie, white
perch, bream and other pan fish. Lake Norman is known for producing
quantity catches of these fishes although trophy catfish, stripers,
and bass are not uncommon.
Lookout Shoals Lake Back to the Top
Lookout Shoals Lake -
Formed in 1915, Lookout Shoals has 37 miles of shoreline and 1,305
acres. A relatively shallow lake with many rocky areas, Lookout
Shoals is known for growing quality bass, striper, and catfish.
Due to its small size, shallow depth, and riverine footprint, Lookout
Shoals Lake experiences good water flow and oxygen quality. The
primary forage is threadfin and gizzard shad, plus pan fishes.
The northern limit of Lookout Shoals Lake is the Oxford Dam which
Lake Hickory. Be advised to consider water levels any time you
plan to visit Lookout Shoals, both for boat access and safe navigation.
Lake Hickory Back to the Top
Lake Hickory - The Oxford
Dam was completed in 1927, forming 4,223 acre Lake Hickory. With
105 miles of hilly shoreline, Lake Hickory is primarily a river
channel type lake, with several major feeder creeks, and larger
open areas on the south end close to the Oxford dam. The northern
limit of Lake Hickory is the Rhodhiss Dam , which forms Lake Rhodhiss.
Lake Hickory has good water flow under normal conditions, adequate
oxygen quality and a plentiful forage base, resulting in large
of striper, largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Trophy
stripers up to 30 pounds, and large bass are relatively common
at Lake Hickory.
The primary forage is large gizzard and threadfin shad, plus pan
Lake Rhodhiss Back to the Top
Lake Rhodhiss - Lake Rhodhiss
was built in 1925 and has 3060 surface acres. Another riverine
lake with good water flow, oxygen quality, and large forage mass,
Lake Rhodhiss is known for producing trophy stripers of 30+ pounds,
along with large bass, catfish, and crappies. The primary forage
is large gizzard shad, along with threadfin shad and pan fishes.
The northern limit of Lake Rhodhiss is the old Catawba River channel,
which is too shallow to navigate except for especially shallow
Striper Information Back to the Top
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