Those new or old to Lake Norman and other nearby lakes may find the questions and answers below of interest.
Q. What is the best time of day to bass fish during the spring?
Fishing is best in the morning, on days when the air is warmer than the water. This type of condition is usually associated with a southerly wind.
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Q. I don't fish enough to be able to cast under docks and piers with accuracy. Please help!
Try using a push-button, closed-faced spinning reel. It will not backlash and is rather easy to use while learning how to cast in tight surroundings.
Q. We caught a lot of white bass until a few years ago. What happened to them?
The introduction of the fish-egg-eating white perch is credited with the demise of the white bass fishery.
Q. What is a jigging spoon?
It is a narrow piece of metal with a hook attached to one end and a split ring at the other. It is available in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes. Popular weights are 1/3 ounce to one ounce. Jigging spoons are fished vertically in an up-and-down yo-yo motion.
Q. I want to fish from a boat but cannot afford a bass boat. What are my options?
Consider buying a kayak, canoe, paddle boat, semi-V or flat-bottomed aluminum boat.
Q. Are there trout, walleye and pike in area lakes?
No, unless you go to the mountains. The water gets too warm during summer for the cold-water fish that can be caught up north.
Q. Are there alligators in Lake Norman?
Not unless someone puts one in the lake, which happens from time to time. These events usually occur when a pet reptile gets too large to be safe.
Q. I thought I saw a deer swimming across the lake last fall. Was I seeing things?
Deer do swim. From time to time they swim from one side of the lake to the other.
Q. What are the big birds I see that dive into the water and fly off with large fish?
They are osprey. Some call them "fish hawks" because their primary diet is fish.
Q. Is there really a lake monster in Norman?
Some people think so. There is even a website (www.LakeNormanMonster.com) where sightings are reported.
Q. How do you tell the difference between a male and female white duck?
The male has a curl at the end of its tail.
Q. What does "full pond" mean?
A lake is considered to be "at full pond" when the water level is even with the top of the flood gates on gated impoundments and to the top of the open spillway on lakes that do not have gates. Lake Norman reaches full pond when the water level reaches 760 feet above sea level.
Always net fish head first. Don't try to sneak up behind them with a net. It doesn't work. They will dart away and may pull the hook or even break the line.
A free safe boating class, "How to Navigate Lake Norman, Day or Night," will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at North Point Watersports, off Interstate 77 Exit 36 in Mooresville. Topics for will include "Understanding Lake Norman's Channel Marker and Buoy System," "Identifying and Learning How to Avoid the 10 Most Dangerous Spots" and "Interpreting Lake Maps." For more information, call me at 704-617-6812 or e-mail Gus@LakeNoman.com.
A free fishing seminar, "Bass Fishing for the Occasional Angler," will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 24 at Gander Mountain, off I-77 Exit 36 in Mooresville. Bring the family. I will discuss how to catch limits of large mouth and spotted bass by trolling, drifting and still-fishing with live bait and artificial lures, from the shoreline or from any type of boat. A free detailed list of Lake Norman's top 10 bass spots will be given to participants. Contact 704-658-0822 for details.