Fishing At Fontana Lake
AKA: Fontana Reservoir
Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, yellow perch, steelhead and muskie at Fontana Lake in North Carolina.
With over 230 miles of scenic shoreline, Fontana Lake offers a broad range of fishing opportunities. Well known as a bass tournament lake, it is home to bass over 10 pounds. Healthy populations crappie, perch, bluegill and walleye make this an excellent choice for fish-fry outings. If you like to fish for the big ones, the lake also boasts big catfish and muskie. If you prefer trout fishing, Fontana serves up both rainbow and brown trout. This 11,700-acre reservoir, located in the western part of the state, has a wide variety of camping and lodging choices. Public boat ramps and marinas make boating a pleasure, and boat rentals are available for varied types of boats. The lake has limited shoreline cover, but has a great deal of creek channels, coves, ledges and humps that hold fish - both deep and shallow, depending on time of year. There is limited shoreline access to much of the lake, but there are areas for fishing from shore. Boat, canoe, and kayak fishing are the preferred ways to fish these waters.
Primary fish species residing in Fontana Lake
Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.
Fontana Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.
Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
The Campground at Fontana Village - 828 498-2211
Turkey Creek Campground - 828 488-8966
Teaberry Hill RV Campground - 828 479-3953
Stecoah Valley RV Resort Campground - 239 707-3469
Fontana Lake NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Fontana Village Resort Marina
40 Fontana Dam Rd
Fontana Dam, NC 28733