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Ideas and locations to take kids fishing in NC.

Kids fishing

Fishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life, and we encourage you to invest the time in North Carolina kids. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort.

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Places in North Carolina to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the Tar Heel State.

- French Broad River Park
- Lake Julian Park
- Lake Tomahawk Park

- Copperhead Island Park
- Freedom Park Lake
- George Poston Park
- Hornet's Nest Park Pond
- McAlpine Creek Park Pond
- Lake Wylie in
- Mountain Island Lake
- Park Road Park
- Reedy Creek Park Ponds
- Squirrel Lake

- Eno River State Park
- Lake Michie

- J. Bayard Clark Park
- Lake Rim Park
- Mazarick Park

- Bur-Mil Park Ponds
- Greensboro Country Park
- Hagan-Stone Park Ponds
- Higgins Lake
- Lake Brandt
- Lake Townsend
- Oak Hollow Lake
- Oka T. Hester Park Lake

- Geitner-Rotary Park
- Lake Norman State Park

- Apex Community Park Lake
- Bass Lake Park
- Frog Pond
- Lake Michael Park

- Apalachia Lake

- William B. Umstead Park
- Blue Jay Point Park
- Harris Lake County Park
- Lake Johnson
- Lake Wheeler Park
- Reedy Creek Lake
- Shelley Lake
- Sycamore Lake

- Kings Mountain Reservoir

Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in NC

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

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Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

Youngsters with their prized catch

Levi Martin with his big bass

Levi Martin, age 12 yrs old. Caught this nice bass on a plastic worm, fishing in a friend's pond in Faith, NC. Quickly he was shouting with excitement as he was reeling it in. Then it jumped and splashed with a fight. Levi then scooped the fish out of the water with his hands. At that moment he realized the monster sized bass that he caught. This is his biggest catch ever! So proud and excited!

Black Drum

John Yelton, 11 years old, from Denver North Carolina caught this 4 1/2 lb black drum at Ocean Crest pier in Oak Island, NC.

NC Crappie

A very proud Aubry Ford caught this black crappie at the Eno River in Durham North Carolina.

13 year old Kayla Devaney, caught this nice 3 lb 2 oz bass at Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw, NC on Wednesday May 25 at about 3 pm while fishing with with worms.

Julia Pethtel shows off a nice 17 3/4", 3 lb 5 oz bass she caught at a private pond in Asheville, North Carolina while fishing with with a weedless rigged, watermelon super fluke, on a #2 worm hook.

Nice NC Catfish

Cade Buchanan caught this nice catfish at Belews Creek Lake in North Carolina.

Landon with a Bowfin

Nine-year old, Landon Gozalkowski shows off his bowfin he caught in the Catawba River in Hickory North Carolina.

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Kids fishing locations and information, by state.

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Help us identify other youth fishing spots in NC.

If you are aware of a great place to take kids fishing in your area, please let us know. We can add it to our list. Every kid that catches a fish will appreciate the fact that you made the effort.