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

Jordan Reservoir State Rec Area
Jordan Reservoir is the perfect spot to boat and fish and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing is a popular sport on the lake.
Kernersville Lake Park
Kernersville Lake is stocked with channel catfish and anglers can fish from the fishing pier or take advantage of the boat rentals.
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
There is no doubt that the smallmouth bass rivals the largemouth in popularity.
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.
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.
Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.

Types of Fishing in North Carolina

Pier & Surf Fishing

Pier & Surf Fishing

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

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Lakes & Ponds

Lakes & Ponds

Lakes and ponds are great places for fish to live. Learn where to find fish, tips and more

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