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All about fishing for bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike and tiger muskie in NC.

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Listed below find information about these species of fish.

For info about local sauger fishing, visit the NC walleye page.

Miscellaneous species

Landon with a Bowfin
Landon Gozalkowski shows off
the bowfin he caught.

Larger lakes across the state, with some of these miscellaneous fish populations, may include Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Reservoir, Kerr Lake, Kings Mountain Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Phelps Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake and others.

Try your luck fishing for bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike and tiger muskie.

Other Available Species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 15 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 25 lbs 0 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 41 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 13 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 33 lbs 8 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Check out the Northern Pike Fishing page to get tips, tactics and methods for catching more pike. Also visit the top producing northern pike lures page to assist in selecting the best baits. The Muskie Fishing page offers methods, tips and tactics. Also view the page revealing the top producing lures for catching musky and tiger musky.

The state record bowfin was caught from the Black River.

The state record chain pickerel was caught from Gaston Reservoir.

The state record longnose gar was caught from the Intracoastal Waterway near Coinjock.

The state record muskie (muskellunge) was caught from Lake Adger.

The state record northern pike was caught from Lake James.

The state record tiger muskie was caught from Lake James.

 

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