North Carolina Fishing: Tips, Seasons, Species & Where To Go

North Carolina offers high quality freshwater and saltwater fishing. With miles of coastline, plenty of inland rivers and lakes, and the year-round mild climate, the opportunities for angling are substantial. …

North Carolina offers high quality freshwater and saltwater fishing. With miles of coastline, plenty of inland rivers and lakes, and the year-round mild climate, the opportunities for angling are substantial.

Some of the common species found in North Carolina’s waters include largemouth bass, catfish, trout and panfish species, as well as pike and muskie.

In coastal waters, anglers target red drum, flounder, snook and more. Offshore, mahi-mahi, tuna, and sailfish are popular targets.

North Carolina Fishing: Species Guide

Our expert writers have put together their local guides to fishing in North Carolina in this section below.

Learn the best spots to go to catch bass, trout and saltwater species in the Tar Heel state.

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The Top 10 Bass Fishing Lakes in North Carolina: Expert Guide + Map

With its varied waterways and stunning natural landscapes, these North Carolina lakes offer an exciting opportunity for most bass anglers. Regardless of your experience level, you can explore and enjoy …

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The 10 Best Trout Fishing Rivers in North Carolina: Expert Guide + Map

For any angler searching for thrilling wild trout fishing adventures and stunning natural landscapes, North Carolina is the place to go for fly fishing. With so many prime trout fly

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The 10 Best North Carolina Fishing Piers: Expert Guide

Whether you have never dropped a line into the water or you’re an old fishing pier pro, North Carolina offers an abundance of the best fishing piers that are perfect …

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North Carolina Fishing License and Rules

North Carolina has a range of rules and regulations and licensing requirements, which we’ve summarized in one handy article below.

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North Carolina Fishing License (2024): Costs, Types & How to Buy

North Carolina offers some excellent fishing for both the saltwater and freshwater angler. It’s important to make sure you have the right fishing license to fish legally within the state. …

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.