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Wildlife Commission announces 2023-2024 proposed rule changes

Dec. 14. Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced the 2023-2024 proposed changes to inland fishing, hunting, trapping, game land and other regulated activities; the public comment period runs into January 2023.  No public hearings will be held locally, but a virtual hearing will be held on Jan. 19. Registration is required to receive a meeting link to […]

The state will stock more than 60,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout, all 10 inches or longer.

Anglers, get ready for some trout fishing

Nov. 29.  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is providing seasonal angling opportunities by stocking surplus trout in 40 small impoundments, including two in Mecklenburg, between Nov. 30 and Dec. 22. Staff will stock more than 60,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout, all 10 inches or longer. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day […]

Fishing is fun, Town of Cornelius

Catch ‘em while you can, but you must release them, too

Oct. 31. The Robbins Park Northern Pond has recently been stocked with more than 300 channel catfish. Everyone is welcome to fish but it’s catch and release only. The fishing pier is connected to a nearly 600-foot long boardwalk, and is handicap accessible. NC fishing license requirements apply. Don’t have fishing gear? Take advantage of […]

Avery Hammock and Garrett Smith of Erskine College

Anglers on Lake Norman net $2,601 prize

March 28. Avery Hammock and Garrett Smith felt a gamut of emotions this week in winning the Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Lake Norman presented by Bass Pro Shops. They came to Cornelius with no guarantee of even competing, but made it from the waitlist into the tournament. They were in fourth place on […]

Hank Cherry photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S

Fishing champ hosts tournament benefiting Warrior’s Journey

Dec. 8. Angler extraordinaire Hank Cherry of Lincolnton will host a special fishing tournament Dec. 11 for The Warrior’s Journey, an organization dedicated to serving military veterans and their families. The two-time Bassmaster Classic champion said the tournament winner is guaranteed a $5,000 purse. “The Warrior’s Journey gives everything they have to help serve so […]

Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton won the tournament

Fish tales: Rutherfordton angler wins Bassmaster Southern Open in Cornelius

Sept. 27. Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton had the winning three-day total during the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman this past weekend. You might have seen the duded-out bass boats stalking coves and docks around Cornelius. “This is pretty amazing; I really wasn’t expecting to win,” said Hoyle, who pulled in $43,533. “I entered […]

Lake Norman hosts the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open Sept. 23-25. Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

Cornelius lands Bassmaster Open Sept. 23-25

Sept. 17. It will be a game of numbers, in which diligence plus a little luck could equal success for anglers competing in the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open at Lake Norman. Competition days will be Sept. 23-25 with daily takeoffs from Blythe Landing Park at 7 am. On Days 1 and 2, weigh-ins will be […]


Lincolnton angler lands $300K in Texas bass tournament

June 14. A professional angler from Lincolnton has won the top prize—$300,000 in cash—at a tournament in Texas. Hank Cherry caught five bass Sunday that weighed 13 pounds, 1 ounce and won the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic with a three-day total of 50 pounds, 15 ounces. He is only the fourth angler in […]

Fishers of Men tournament coming to LKN

Feb. 26. The Fishers of Men National Bass Tournament will bring five events to Lake Norman during the next two years. The organization operates fishing tournaments in 34 states. This is the first one on Lake Norman, according to Travis Dancy, director of sales at VIsit Lake Norman, the local convention and visitors bureau. The […]


College bass tournament coming to Cornelius

Dec. 29. In fish news, the nationwide Bassmaster College Series will open March 5-6 on Lake Norman right here in Cornelius. It will then include two more springtime events on Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman, Ala., Apr. 16-17 and Lake Cumberland in Russell County, Ky., Apr. 30-May 1. The trail’s final stop June 9-10 will […]