Fishing…in Lake Norman?

Gus Gustafson

While scanning the web, I came across the neatest site called

Apparently, people actually fish in Lake Norman.  I know, it comes as a surprise to me too, believe me.

Gus Gustafson says “The lake level is lower than normal. Three major ramps, (Ramsey, Blythe, and the State Park), are closed. However, the two most popular ramps, (Pinnacle and McCrary) at the Highway 150 Bridge, are open and will more than likely be useable during the holidays.”

He also goes on to say that the Thanksgiving holidays is an excellent time to introduce children to the pleasures of fishing.  What a great idea!  I’m going to go one step further and say eat that fish you catch for Thanksgiving dinner instead of Turkey!

Here’s a recipe Gus even provides on his page if you are adventurous enough to try this out on Turkey **ahem* * Thanksgiving Day.

Kelly’s Low Country Catfish Stew

1/8th tsp. cayenne pepper
1 ½ pounds catfish filets, cut in 1 inch pieces
3 to 5 slices chopped bacon
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
1 28-ounce can tomatoes.
1 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. thyme

Wash catfish filets and cut in 1 inch pieces. Set aside. Fry bacon in a large heavy pan for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook until tender. (Do not add the Cayenne Pepper until you add the fish. If it cooks the entire time, it may be too spicy and hot.)  Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the fish and cayenne pepper and cook for another 20 minutes. Add water if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve hot with crackers or cornbread.

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