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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in NC.

Badin Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Jordan Lake, Lake Gaston, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Phelps Lake and Santeetlah Lake are some of the most popular places for fishing in North Carolina, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Badin Lake
  • Belews Lake
  • Blewett Falls Lake
  • Chatuge Lake
  • Falls Lake
  • Fontana Lake
  • Harris Lake
  • High Rock Lake
  • Hiwassee Lake
  • Hyco Lake
  • Jordan Lake
  • Kerr Lake
  • Kerr Scott Reservoir
  • Lake Gaston
  • Lake Glenville
  • Lake Hickory
  • Lake James
  • Lake Mattamuskeet
  • Lake Nantahala
  • Lake Norman
  • Lake Rhodhiss
  • Lake Tillery
  • Lake Waccamaw
  • Lake Wylie
  • Mayo Reservoir
  • Moss Lake
  • Mountain Island Lake
  • Phelps Lake
  • Roanoke Rapids Lake
  • Santeetlah Lake
Bass

Badin Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Phelps Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth, redeye and spotted bass. More...

Catfish

Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Moss Lake, Phelps Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake are favorite channel, blue, white and flathead catfish fishing destinations. More...

Crappie

Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Lake, Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Norman, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Santeetlah Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir and W Kerr Scott Reservoir are the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish

Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Lake, Jordan Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake and Moss Lake are some of the more popular spots to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Walleye

Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake James, Lake Nantahala, Santeetlah Lake and W Kerr Scott Reservoir are considered the top locations for walleye fishing. More...

Trout

Fontana Lake, Lake Glenville, Lake Nantahala and Santeetlah Lake are favored options for rainbow, brook or brown trout. More...

Striped Bass

Badin Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Jordan Lake, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Tillery are the best options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Salmon

Lake Nantahala is the only salmon lake in NC which is stocked with kokanee salmon. More...

Visit the North Carolina fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the North Carolina map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in NC at many of the most popular destinations in the state.

 

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