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All about fishing for spotted, redeye, smallmouth and largemouth bass in North Carolina lakes.

Bass fishing lures

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in North Carolina.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Tar Heel State.

Bass Lakes In North Carolina

Big NC Bass
Luke Gearing age 15, caught this
nice bass in Raleigh, NC where he
teaches a fishing school.

Find fishing water in NC and chances are you found an opportunity to catch some bass. All the major lakes in North Carolina have healthy populations of bass. These lakes include Apalachia Lake, Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Buckhorn Reservoir, Chatuge Lake, Cheoah Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Graham-Mebane Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Lake, Jordan Lake, Kernersville Lake, Kerr Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Benson, Lake Cammack, Lake Crabtree, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake Higgins, Lake James, Lake Mackintosh, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Sutton, Lake Tillery, Lake Townsend, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wheeler, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Moss Lake, Phelps Lake, Randleman Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake, Salem Lake, Santeetlah Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir, Tar River Reservoir and W Kerr Scott Reservoir.

Bass in North Carolina

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 0 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 14 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

The state record largemouth bass was taken from a private pond.

The state record smallmouth bass came form Hiwassee Reservoir.

The state record spotted bass came from Lake Norman.

North Carolina Bass Caught by Joshua Lyalls

Joshua Lyalls caught this 8 lb, 8 oz bass from West Kerr Lake in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Catch big bass!

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The lifecycle of bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit North Carolina bass fishing lakes. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.