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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

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill Yellow Perch Steelhead Muskie

Fontana Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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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

Contact Information

Fontana Lake
Fontana Village Resort Marina
40 Fontana Dam Rd
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
828 498-2129

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