Mountain Island Lake -
Built in 1924, Mountain Island Lake encompasses 2788 surface acres
with 61 miles of shoreline., It is approximately 14.7 miles long,
and has a maximum depth of 58.4 ft. The northern limit of Mountain
Island Lake is the Cowans Ford Dam, which represents the beginning
of Lake Norman. With a retention time of 11 days, Mountain Island
Lake has good water flow and oxygen quality(during normal conditions),
which results in robust populations of largemouth bass, catfish,
striper, crappie and bream. Mountain Island is particularly
known for producing large blue catfish and plenty of "schoolie"
size stripers. The primary forage species are threadfin and gizzard
shad, plus pan fishes.
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