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

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Listed below find information about these species of fish, found in North Carolina waters.

Fishing for miscellaneous species in North Carolina

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

Larger lakes across the state of North Carolina, 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, sauger and tiger muskie.

Fishing for other species in North Carolina



World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

NC State Record: 17 lbs 15 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

NC State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

NC State Record: 25 lbs 0 oz


Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

NC State Record: 41 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

NC State Record: 11 lbs 13 oz



World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

NC State Record: 5 lbs 15 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

NC State Record: 33 lbs 8 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Information on fishing for unique species, by state.


Learn the habits and lifecycle of each species

Many of the species we portray as "other" in this website are simply not as commonly fished for as the more popular fish. For insight into some of these "other" fish in North Carolina, visit the other fishing page for more in-depth information.

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