Whether you live in the Appalachian mountains or hang out by the beaches of the Outer Banks, you’re bound to find plenty of great North Carolina fishing spots. Catch striped bass, blue marlin, tuna and much more when fish the waters of North Carolina. Use our blog as a guide to help you get the most out of fishing in our state!

Fishing on the Coast

Outer Banks

The beauty of the Outer Banks is only enhanced by the great fishing spots you can find here. Fish from the pier, book a charter, or take a kayak – any option you choose, you’ll enjoy hauling in a variety of saltwater catches. Avalon Pier and Nags Head Pier are both popular choices for those who enjoy a comfortable seat and dry ground while they fish. If you prefer your fishing on a boat and surrounded by nothing blue Atlantic water, then book a fishing a charter! Try Stolat Fishing Charters if you’re in Kitty Hawk, Rock Solid Fishing in Nags Head, or Bluefin Sportfishing further south in Hatteras Island (and these are just a handful!). Kayak fishing is another popular option, and there’s plenty of spots along the coast to choose from. If you’ve never been, do your homework on the sport, including reading this blog from yakangler.com.

According to outerbanks.com, you can expect to catch fish like striped bass, flounder and Spanish mackerel if you fish from the piers, or blue marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi if you take a fishing charter into deeper waters.

Fishing Inland

Lake Gaston

A massive lake that resides in both North Carolina and Virginia, Lake Gaston is one of the best fishing lakes in NC. Take a boat out on the lake and try your hand at pulling in bass and walleyes. For fishing guides, reports and more, visit lakegastonguide.com.

Fontana Lake

Located in Western North Carolina near Bryson City, Fontana Lake is surrounded by beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery and according to fontanaguides.com, is prime for reeling in trout, catfish, smallmouth bass, muskie and more. There’s plenty of guided fishing tours available too!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If fly fishing is your preferred angling method, then head to the Great Smoky National Park, where you can wade its waters in search of trout, among other fish. The Smoky Mountains are a sight to be seen – what better environment could you ask for? Visit the park’s National Parks Service website for all the information you need.

Time of Year

North Carolina fishing isn’t restricted to specific times of year, as fish can be caught year round, but some months are better than others. The warmer months (April to September specifically) will give you the biggest variety of fish to target, according the information on outerbanks.org.

More Information

Before you head out, make you’re licensed to fish in the state. Save yourself some time and get your North Carolina fishing license online by heading to ncwildlife.org. There you can find all the fishing information you need, including NC wildlife fishing size limits, regulations and more.

Shoreline OBX rentals are located right by, well, the shore, and honestly, is there a better place to stay when you want to fish? You’ll be only a walk away from the beach, and a short drive from fishing charters and piers. Book one of our rentals when you visit the Outer Banks, and you can enjoy care-free relaxation when you’re not hauling in fish. And while you’re planning your trip, be sure to download our app. You’ll find our rentals, area information and best of all, it’s free!