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Mountain Island Lake, NC

Popular Fish Species Mountain Island Lake, NC

Mountain Island Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Mountain Island Lake is currently a little-known lake for catching largemouth bass. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been improving the fishery over recent years. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Spotted bass also reside here in the lake.

Mountain Island Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

A nice population of channel catfish roam the waters of Mountain Island Lake. They are being caught in good numbers, using cut bait and other catfish baits. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, flats, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Other catfish in the lake include blue catfish.

Mountain Island Lake Popular Fish - Bluegill


Young and old, beginners and seasoned anglers alike, all enjoy catching a bunch of fat bluegill at Mountain Island Lake. This year, much like recent years, the bluegill population is healthy and always looking for something to eat. Bluegill fishing is as basic as fishing gets. Any pole, reasonably small line and small hooks baited with anything edible, creates the ideal setup. Add a bobber and you can set the depth you prefer the bait to position. Bluegill hang around brush, rocks, vegetation or any cover available.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white perch and striped bass at Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina.

With easy access to Charlotte, NC, Mountain Island Lake makes an ideal location for a quick fishing trip. This is a 3,200-acre reservoir in the southwest part of the state which offers respectable bass, catfish, crappie and perch fishing. Lots of finger channels and bays around the lake are lined with boat docks - many of which have brush piles as crappie attractors. Bass tend to hang around these food sources. Learning which docks have this cover may be the key to a successful day of fishing for bass or crappie.

Mountain Island Lake, located in North Carolina, is a stunning reservoir known for its fantastic fishing opportunities. Situated amidst the scenic landscapes and surrounded by lush forests, this lake provides a serene and picturesque setting for anglers of all skill levels.

Anglers visiting Mountain Island Lake can expect a diverse range of fish species to target. The lake is renowned for its populations of largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Largemouth bass are a popular catch at Mountain Island Lake, with the lake's structure and abundant vegetation providing ideal habitat for these prized game fish. Anglers can employ various techniques, such as topwater lures and plastic worms, to entice the bass into biting. Crappie are also plentiful in the lake, and anglers can find them around submerged structures and brush piles. Catfish, including channel catfish and flathead catfish, are abundant in the deeper parts of the lake, offering exciting opportunities for catfish enthusiasts. Sunfish can be found near the shorelines, providing a fun and accessible fishing experience for all ages.

Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina is a fantastic destination for anglers seeking a peaceful and picturesque fishing adventure. With its diverse fish species, including bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish, there are plenty of opportunities to reel in a memorable catch. Boating on the lake's calm waters and camping near its shores enhance the overall outdoor experience. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a nature enthusiast, Mountain Island Lake offers a serene setting to enjoy fishing and appreciate the natural beauty of North Carolina.

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Primary fish species residing in Mountain Island Lake

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Perch Striped bass

Mountain Island Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NEARBY
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a popular activity on Mountain Island Lake, and there are public boat ramps available for easy access to the water. Whether you prefer a motorized boat or enjoy paddling in a kayak or canoe, the lake's calm waters provide an excellent environment for boating and exploring. Boaters can take in the scenic beauty, navigate through the coves and channels, and find their favorite fishing spots. It's important to follow boating regulations and safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Mountain Island Kayak Access
Located at the north end of 60' Access Road, in the eastern sector of the lake, this access has parking, a portage area and a dock.

Neck Road Boat Ramp
Situated on the northeast sector of the lake, off Duke Access Road, this two-lane, concrete launch ramp has a dock and sufficient, paved parking.

Riverbend Boat Ramp
Locates immediately east of the NC Highway 16, on the north side of the lake, this access is nicely appointed with a four-lace, concrete ramp, two docks and a generous amount of paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Mountain Island Lake

FIsh On Guide Services - bass, catfish, crappie

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Mountain Island Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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While camping is not available directly at Mountain Island Lake, there are nearby campgrounds and accommodations that provide convenient access to the lake. These campgrounds offer amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and beautiful views of the surrounding natural landscapes. Camping near Mountain Island Lake allows anglers to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the outdoor experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Fieldridge Acres Campground - 704 399-3521

Wildlife Woods Campground - 704 483-5611

Mountain Island Lake NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Mountain Island Lake
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
715 N. Church St, Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28202
704 679-9494


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Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina.

Crappie, perch, bass and catfish fishing in southwest NC.

Fishing at Mountain Island Lake, in North Carolina.