Fishing in North Carolina

The state offers great fishing opportunities for all anglers with more than 500 publicly accessible places to fish. Purchase your fishing license today, and go fishing to a spot near you.

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Top Fishing Spots in North Carolina

Lake Norman
Lake Norman offers wake boarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, boating and sailing. The waters are stocked with striped bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, bullhead.
Harris Lake
Sunfish, crappie and largemouth bass fishing, plus tons of outdoor activities.
Lake James State Park
In the beautiful rolling hills east of Asheville sits Lake James State Park, a great place for families that enjoy boating and fishing.
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Common Catches in North Carolina

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
The smallmouth bass is the second largest member of the sunfish family attaining a weight of almost 12 lb.
Whiterock Bass
Whiterock Bass
The whiterock bass is a hybrid species produced by a female striped bass and a male white bass.
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S. Learn more about how you can identify a largemouth bass, where to catch it and what bait and lures to use.
White Perch
White Perch
Despite its common name, the white perch is actually a bass and a close relative of the white bass and the striped bass.
Black Crappie
Black Crappie
Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family. Black crappies can be found in large ponds and shallow areas of lakes.
Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.

North Carolina Fishing Tips And Information

Pier & Surf Fishing

Pier & Surf Fishing

Saltwater pier and surf fishing is a great way to start saltwater fishing.

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Lake & Pond Structures

Lake & Pond Structures

Learn about the structures in lakes and ponds. Learn where to find fish, tips and more.

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