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 or by email at

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. Coolers are welcome on the pontoon boat. The bass boat has a built in cooler and I will store your food and drinks there. 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 or email me directly for price quotes on Falls for specific dates. You can use any major credit card to reserve your trip. Call 919-669-2959 or email 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?

I recommend a maximum of two clients and one guide per bass boat for largemouth specific trips. Up to 6 for family fishing trips, variety fishing trips and cruises on the pontoon boat.

Steven Turentine
Steven Turentine
18:48 08 Nov 19
Where to start!!!!! I have been finishing my whole life but I have never been on a fresh water charter. My wife decided... to take up my fishing hobby and I found out about outdoor. She had the time of her life and caught her first fish with Joel. He put us right on top of the fish and the trip was amazing. I will definitely be taking more trips with outdoor and also be referring everyone in you direction more
David Burdine
David Burdine
17:52 06 Nov 19
What a great outing! My wife and I caught loads of crappie and enjoyed a beautiful morning on the lake. Joel knew... where to go and had us in the fish in a hurry. We really enjoyed our time on the lake and Joel is an outstanding guide. He goes the extra mile. Highly Recommendedread more
Armide Newby
Armide Newby
19:32 03 Nov 19
I enjoyed fishing with Joel as a recent birthday gift for my hubby. Joel is brilliant! He is gracious, knowledgeable... and patient. Our 9 year old joined in and Joel was able to keep our crew of various experience levels and skills very well entertained. I did not expect to have so much fun! The time flew and we caught a whole bunch of fish. This experience exceeded my expectations. We will call on Joel again for fishing fun in the more
Bl Wn
Bl Wn
23:48 20 Sep 19
After seeing all of the reviews on google, and wanting to get our kids (7,13) out to fish during track out, we booked... an afternoon trip with Joel. The experience was everything represented by other reviewers. Joel was welcoming, knowledgeable and encouraging & engaging with us all! We brought my son’s new rod combo and tackle box and Joel willingly answered questions about everything from gear to ecology and the sport of fishing. We landed about 20 fish between 3 of us, and we all had a great time. My daughter caught her first fish of many and was thrilled- and enjoyed squeezing the “first fish chicken” on the boat.It was a wonderful combination of fun and relaxation on the boat- this will definitely be something we do again, and was a perfect trackout activity as a family! Thanks Joel, we look forward to next time!read more
B.O.Y. Transport LLC
B.O.Y. Transport LLC
02:35 07 Aug 19
Had a great time with Joel! Very professional, insightful and engaging. Had the pleasure of having Maddie as our... guide as well who made this experience even more enjoyable. Recommend booking one of these trips ASAP. Great experience for both the beginner and experienced fisher. Great trip to book just for the lake & views- fish are a bonus. Going again soon- and again, and more
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