Welcome to the wyliefisherman. I started this website on a whim one night while looking for Lake Wylie fishing information and finding that there wasn’t a whole lot of up to date knowledge being shared on the web. The primary goal of this site is to bridge that gap in a down to earth manner. While the focus will primarily be on Lake Wylie because it is my “home lake” over time as I roam I’ll cover other bodies of water as well and document my fishing excursions and any tips I find.
The Charlotte Metro area is a great place for getting to some great water for fishing. In the immediate area there is the Catawba chain of lakes starting with Lake Norman, then Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie, Fishing Creek Lake and further down the chain Lake Wateree. Lake Wylie fishing is primarily driven by catfish and largemouth bass. In recent years Lake Wylie has started to gain recognition as an up and coming blue catfish fishery. Lake Norman and Lake Wateree both have some striper and hybrid striper action and they all have very solid largemouth bass populations.
If you have salt in your blood (Like I do) 3-4 hours in the car will get you to saltwater action in southeastern North Carolina or the South Carolina coast. Isle of Palms is the closest according to google maps, however Myrtle Beach, Murrel’s Inlet and Wilmington are not out of reach. While they are a stretch for a day trip, there are charter and headboats available along the coast and they provide some excellent opportunity for spanish mackerel, king mackerel and redfish (red drum) as well as some larger fish like tuna and mahi-mahi on a regular basis.
If you are less into the beach and more into the mountains, again a 3-4 hour car ride will put you into the Great Smokey Mountains. There are too many excellent trout fishing opportunities to count including some great fly fishing only and catch and release action. The Cherokee Indians have a hatchery system in Cherokee NC that is out of this world for sustainability and they stock some streams on a very frequent basis. There are also native trout in many of the streams that are not stocked. There are also some really nice lakes in the area like Lake Lure and Lake Hartwell that offer some great opportunities.
Lake Wylie fishing offers up some great blue and channel catfish fishing, but for some of the best blue catfish water in the world, the Santee-Cooper lakes are within range as well. Some absolutely massive fish have come out of these waters and are well worth exploring for a fishing excursion as well. I have some personal tips for a great place to stay somewhat off the beaten path here and when I get to it I’ll be happy to share any local knowledge I have with the community at large (Except for my favorite gps coordinates!!).
The bottom line is that with all of this opportunity within reach, there seemed to be a pretty sizeable gap in how-to guides, gear review and fishing tips that were specifically tied to these local waters. I plan to do my part to fill that gap.
Now get out there and catch some dinner!!!