Fishing FAQs

Below is a short list of fishing FAQs about freshwater fishing in North Carolina with Outdoor Expeditions USA. Please let us know if you have specific questions about the lakes, area or anything else when you contact us at 919-669-2959.

Do I need a fishing license?

Yes. A valid North Carolina fishing license is required and can be obtained through the NC Wildlife Resourses Commission by clicking here.

What do I need to bring?

I recommend bringing a hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen and rain gear if rain is in the forecast. Dress for the weather and put on a little extra in the cooler months. Bring anything you would like to eat or drink during the trip. Large coolers are welcome on the pontoon boat and small coolers bass boat. You are welcome to bring your personal rods, reels and any tackle that you would like also.

What are the rates and how do I book it?

Rates are posted on the Book A Trip section for Shearon Harris and Jordan. Falls Lake rates change depending on time of year and scheduling. Please call me directly 919-669-2959 for price quotes on Falls for specific dates. You can use any major credit card to reserve your trip. Call 919-669-2959 to confirm availability before you make your deposit.

Is there a place to stay close by the lakes?

Yes. Please see our “Accommodations” section for a map of lodging and dining close to the lake you will be fishing.

Do I need to bring any tackle?

All tackle, rods and reels are provided for use. I provide open faced spinning tackle for all clients at no additional charge. You are welcome to bring your own gear if you would like. Please make sure your line is rated for 10lb – 20lb test and is fresh so we don’t lose lures and BIG FISH!

How many people can go?

Maximum of two clients and one guide for largemouth specific and multi-species trips using my bass boat. Up to 4 for family fishing trips on the pontoon boat. Weight restrictions apply.

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Randi Bowen
Randi Bowen
2023-10-29
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Our family had the best time with Joel from Outdoor Expeditions!! Highly recommend his services, he’s so knowledgeable and did an amazing job at making sure everyone had the best time!
jonathan kim
jonathan kim
2023-10-26
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the most fun you can have on water!
Nicholas
Nicholas
2023-10-18
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Had a blast on the charter. We went out and caught a ton of Mondo perch. We didn't keep any but still had a ton of fun. The guide was knowledgeable and hooked us up on a ton of fish!
Leslie Stanley
Leslie Stanley
2023-10-14
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God blessed us with an incredible day fishing; in a four hour trip, we caught 30 fish! Lake fishing was not only fun but the area is beautiful. Outdoor Expeditions is the way to go; Joel was very nice, took time to teach us about the fish finder, answering any questions, and put us on the fish! My husband and I had a fish fry that evening and were able to enjoy our fresh catch, with a lot more to share. Thank you for a great day, we plan to book again!
MonsterJohn73
MonsterJohn73
2023-10-04
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Amazing charisma, with a typical North Carolina laid back charm. He worked very well with my issues and we had an amazing time. I’d definitely hire him again next time!
Sam
Sam
2023-09-04
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Joel is an amazing fishing guide! He is kind, patient, and present and makes sure that you're getting the most of your experience. He is extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any of your questions in detail. As someone starting to get into fishing this was very important for me and I was able to learn so much from him. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, you will come away with an awesome experience and become a better fisherman! Update: I came back with some friends to fish with Joel and it was another incredible experience! This time we did the family fishing trip to get on some crappie and perch. Joel once again showed why he's such a great guide because he researched beforehand where the fish would be biting and put us on those high percentage spots. We caught soooo many fish and enjoyed a delicious fish fry that night. If you're looking for a fun time with your friends and family then definitely book a trip with Joel!
Cory Harpin
Cory Harpin
2023-09-02
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We had a fantastic time with Joel! He took my son and two of his friends out for my son’s birthday and everyone had a great time. He put us on the fish and made sure that everyone had a great experience. He’s a prompt communicator and makes working with him very easy. I would absolutely recommend Outdoor Expeditions USA and will certainly use them again in the future.
Donnie White
Donnie White
2023-08-25
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Had a great trip. A lot of fun and Joel had us on the fish!
Max Fader
Max Fader
2023-08-18
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We had an amazing family fishing trip today with Joel! It exceeded our expectations in every way! We did a four hour fishing trip on the smooth and comfortable pontoon boat, from 6-10am. We had a family member in town celebrating a birthday, and this was a gift for them. There were three of us in total. Joel was ready to go as we arrived. We set out and got to watch a beautiful sunrise as we cruised into our first fishing spot. Joel said that he wanted to set the goal of catching twenty fish for the day. I think we blew through that in the first hour! Our final count ended up being 74 or so! We caught Crappie (aka Speck), Perch, Bluegill, one catfish and one Smallmouth Bass! We had such a great time! Joel was great company and made the trip a blast. He handles all the baiting, as well as the releasing. We never even got our hands dirty. He also has great tips for restaurants to try. After our trip and heading home, we grabbed some recommended BLTs at Merritt’s Grill. It was the perfect cap to a perfect fishing trip! Thank you, Joel!
David Parker
David Parker
2023-08-03
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Outdoor Expeditions is my go to fishing guide service. Whether you’re looking for a fishing guide or using the fishing hotline, you’ll catch fish! I was blown away by Joel’s knowledge he has accumulated over several decades of fishing the local lakes. I’m convinced that no one knows these lakes better. I continue to use the fishing hotline for any upcoming trips when weather conditions change or seasons change. Definitely the best fishing resource for all of your fishing needs. 8/2/23 - We out on a Lowrance training session with Joel. Super successful trip on how to setup my electronics, dial in my active target, find fish on downscan, line up the boat and hold position with my Ghost trolling motor. It made so much sense after we went through it a couple of time. Super valuable information to make me a better angler! Thanks Joel!