If one sport is synonymous with summer, it’s likely fishing. There are few things better than a lazy summer day on the banks or the boat, cold beverage in your hand and the lapping of water as your soundtrack.
In the Triangle, there are plenty of great fishing areas. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites here, but you can get a fully personalized list of places by visiting the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
Something very important to note: fishing is illegal in all North Carolina lakes and waterways without a license. The easiest way to get one is by applying online, but your local hardware or sporting goods store can likely get you one as well.
With that out of the way, let’s talk fishing!
Harris Lake County Park
For sheer variety, Harris Lake County Park can’t be beat. Its 680 acres extend into Harris Lake on a peninsula, with more than enough there to fill a day of fun. While many visitors will bring their own equipment, pole rentals are available (including automated poles for disabled visitors.)
On-shore fishing options include a fishing pond for bank fishing and a newly built (2017) pier, both primarily home to catfish. If you have a boat, you’re in luck: there are launch ramps near Highway 42 that grant full lake access. Largemouth bass are plentiful out in the water.
Looking for something off the beaten path? The Haw River is readily accessible through short hiking trails, with plenty of parking in the towns along it. Great Bend Park, near Glencoe, is popular with locals.
Here you’ll find wadeable water, rocks to stand on, bank access and a small island in the river. The nearby dam is especially popular, as fish love to gather under its waterfall. Crappie, longmouth bass and even rainbow trout are known to hang out.
Anyone traveling I-85 to Virginia drives over the 12,000-acre Falls Lake, near Creedmoor and Wake Forest. The lake is regularly stocked with bluegill, catfish, bass and crappie, so there’s always something to catch.
Though bank fishing is possible here, the massive expanse of water is ideal for a boat. Just be careful; the lake’s vast size means that some of the ramps are better maintained than others.
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