Top 5 Bass Fishing Locations In North Carolina


Bass fishing is very popular across the US and knowing their breeding patterns, where to find them during a specific season and the bait to use are all key components to catching those largemouth and smallmouth bass. Once you have these mastered, it’s a case of knowing the best locations to find them in areas near you. This article will provide you with the 5 best bass fishing locations in North Carolina, tried and tested by elite anglers!

Top 10 Bass Fishing Locations In North Carolina

High Rock Lake


lake is a popular reservoir located just off the Yadkin river, North Carolina. If you’re a deep water bass angler, then this stretch of water is the one for you. This lake is riddled with bass all year round but the bites peak during summer when the bass move out of the deeper waters. If you’re looking to fish from May to October, you’ll find the Bass schooled around the humps, bumps and ledges within the lake, a perfect time to fish offshore. Many of the local anglers have claimed that the carolina rig is the most successful and efficient way of catching these deep water bass. 

Fontana Lake


Located in North Carolina, between the counties of Graham & Swain, Fontana lake is home to some of the best smallmouth bass in the heart of North Carolina. This stunning lake is situated high up in the Great Smoky Mountains with high elevation levels, 31 meters long, 400 feet deep and 238 miles of shoreline. The clear but cooler waters make it a prime location for smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as other game fish such as walleye. 
If you’re a beginner and do not have the fishing gear, you can pay for a guided tour that rents you rod, reels, bait and all the other fishing necessities. All you’ll need to take is some food and drink for the day, this lake makes an ideal fishing family day out. 
The views around the lake are breathtaking, making it an iconic place for anglers to fish. If you’re into wildlife, take some binoculars as you’ll be able to spot various animals such as; black bears, fox, wild boar, bobcats, deer, ospreys and various eagle species. 

Jordan Lake


This 14,000 acre reservoir in the north-central part of the state is home to some of the best bass and crappie fishing in the country. The lake has around 180miles of shoreline which provides plenty of fishing opportunities for boat, kayak, canoe and shoreline fishing. There is a local business which provides opportunities to the general public to rent a boat for the day, there is also a launch ramp which is open to the public to use their own boats. 
This lake has some history to it, when Lake Jordan first opened to the general public back in the 1980’s, the local authorities hadn’t thought about introducing a creel or size limit and anglers were taking home all their catches. It wasn’t unusual for anglers to be taking home 100 fish per day! In 1987, the commission finally introduced a creel limit which has basically stayed the same to this day. Ensure you check these guidelines before heading out for a day of fishing at Lake Jordan. 

Lake Phelps


Lake Phelps is the second largest of natural bodied water in North Carolina. It has a surface area of 16,600 feet and an approximate maximum depth of 9 feet, with the average depth being 5 feet. This lake is very well known for its crystal clear waters and became a registered lake in 1929. The Phelps are known to have patches of healthy, bright grass and areas of flooded woodland which can be picked apart by various lures. On a good day, you can likely catch bass over 25lbs when fishing Lake Phelps. 

Lake Waccamaw


This lake is one of my favorite fishing waters around. It is very quiet and you’ll only likely find local anglers fishing this stretch of water. This 9,000-acre lake is very popular for its large white perch that can be caught measuring up to 12inches.

Lake Waccamaw is known as a bay lake and it is very rare for bay lakes to hold largemouth and smallmouth bass. However, due to nearby limestone, the lake's pH levels are now at a level which enables it to sustain healthy living bass. 
This lake has a combination of weedlines and docks make up a percentage of the lake's cover. This gives you a variety of options of how to fish for the bass, whether its using a worm underneath the docks or running a crankbait along the weed lines, you’ll have a great day fishing on Lake Waccamaw. 

Lake Info and Other Species of Fish

High Rock Lake

Area of the Surface: 61.43 km²
Surface Elevation: 200meters
Nearby Cities/Towns: Lexington, Southmont, Salisbury
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Flathead Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill

Fontana Lake

Area of the Surface: 41.4 km
Surface Elevation: 519meters
Nearby Cities/Towns: Bryson City, Cherokee, Fontana Dam, Robbinsville
Fish Species: Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, Trout

Jordan Lake

Area of the Surface: 56.42km
Surface Elevation: 66meters
Nearby Cities/Towns: Cary & Apex, Durham, Holly Springs, Morrisville
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch

Lake Phelps

Area of the Surface: 67.18km
Surface Elevation: 2,022meters
Nearby Cities/Towns: Cresswell, Plymouth, Roper, Colombia
Fish Species: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, White Perch, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass

Lake Waccamaw

Area of the Surface: 7.2km
Surface Elevation: 18meters
Nearby Cities/Towns: Lake Waccamaw, Bolton, Hallsboro
Fish Species: White Perch, Crappie, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass

This article aimed to provide you with the top 5 bass fishing locations in North Carolina. If you manage to visit any of these places, leave us some feedback in the comments section and let us know what the fishing was like. We’d love to hear from you and even attach some photos of your catch/catches! Enjoy.

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