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AKA: Mattamuskeet Lake, Mattamuskeet Reservoir

Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white perch, yellow perch and bowfin at Lake Mattamuskeet in North Carolina.

Known as much for crabbing as it is for fishing, Lake Mattamuskeet is a unique fishery. This 40,000-acre reservoir near the eastern edge of the state, at Fairfield, NC is a national wildlife refuge. The lake is quite shallow in many areas. A series of canals off the lake proper are deeper than the majority of the lake. These canals provide spawning areas during spring and can be the most productive areas to fish during this season. The main targets here are black crappie, channel catfish, white perch, and largemouth bass. Much of the shoreline is accessible for fishing from the bank. Kayaks and canoes are a popular way to navigate these waters and fish some of the shallower areas.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Mattamuskeet

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Bowfin

Lake Mattamuskeet Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Osprey Nest Campground - 252 926-4491

Mattamuskeet Campground - 252 926-2473

Pungo Camp Ground - 252 935-5023

Lake Mattamuskeet NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Mattamuskeet
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
85 Mattamuskeet Road
Swan Quarter, NC 27885

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Lake Mattamuskeet in North Carolina.

Fishing at Lake Mattamuskeet, in North Carolina.