Best North Carolina Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)

Freshwater Destinations

Asheville, NC
Rating 9.75

Asheville, North Carolina is a very popular summer vacation destination.  The city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River.  There are an abundance of things to do from river rafting adventures, hiking on mountain trails, taking in the beautiful scenery and experiencing some excellent fishing.  Fly fishing for trout is very good here in the nearby streams.  There is plenty of water to fish and there are numerous fishing guides that can help you find the local hot spots.

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Lake Lure
Rating 8.5

Lake Lure is a gorgeous lake located in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range of western North Carolina.  The lake has been called “one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world” by National Geographic.  With 720 acres of water and approximately 27 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of water to fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, rainbow trout and bluegill.

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Saltwater Destinations

Outer Banks, NC
Rating 10.0

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands located on the Atlantic coast in North Carolina.  This region is a very popular beach vacation destination.  Throughout the Outer Banks, you will find many places to stay, numerous restaurants and recreation activities for the entire family.  Boating, fishing, golf and hanging out at the beach are just some of the things you can do while you are here.  Fishermen have many options to fish the Outer Banks.  Try fishing off one of the piers, in the surf or hire a fishing charter. There are plenty of fishing charters throughout the Outer Banks that fish inshore or offshore for a variety of saltwater fish.

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Brunswick Islands
Rating 9.75

The Brunswick Islands is a great beach vacation destination with some awesome fishing available too.  This area has plenty to offer for a vacation, but don’t expect to find the crowded beaches like you will find in some of the other popular beach vacation destinations.

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Crystal Coast, NC
Rating 9.75

The Crystal Coast is located along North Carolina’s southern outer banks.  This area is known for its pristine beaches, good weather and tons of recreational opportunities.  Whether you fish from shore, inshore or offshore, there are so many species of saltwater fish that you can catch in this area.

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Wilmington, NC
Rating 9.5

Wilmington, NC & Its Beaches is a wonderful beach vacation destination with some outstanding inshore and offshore fishing.  Whether you are looking to stay in the town of Wilmington or out on the beaches of Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, you have plenty of options for lodging and recreation.

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