Freshwater Fishing in North Carolina

Discover North Carolina’s top three big bass freshwater fishing lakes — Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Shearon Harris Lake with Outdoor Expeditions USA guided bass fishing trips. Anglers of all experience levels will enjoy time on the waters near Raleigh, NC.

Falls Lake

Falls Lake was built by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers and completed in 1983. Falls is fed by major tributaries that include Little, Eno and Flat rivers, as well as New Light, Ledge and Lick creeks. Normal pool is 251.5 ft. above sea level. Hundreds of laydowns and patches of standing timber are found throughout the lake. Submerged roadbeds, islands and creek channel drops are key structural features. Falls offers great fishing year round with February, March and April being the best months of the year to catch a true trophy largemouth. Falls lake covers 12,400 acres and has 230 miles of undeveloped shoreline.

Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake was also built by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers and was completed in 1981. Major tributaries are Haw and New Hope Rivers, as well as Beaver, Little Beaver, Morgan and White Oak creeks. Normal pool is 216 ft. above sea level. Jordan covers 13,900 acres and offers great fishing year round. February, March and April offer the best opportunity for double digit largemouth. Creek channel drops, roadbeds, standing timber and laydowns all hold nice largemouth. The crappie fishing is also excellent on Jordan Lake.

Shearon Harris Lake

Shearon Harris Lake is owned by Duke/Progress Energy and is 4100 acres in size. Though it’s considerably smaller than it’s neighboring lakes, Harris produces double digit bass every year. It is considered North Carolina’s #1 trophy bass fishery. Bass can be caught a variety of ways on Harris. Key structural features are roadbeds, creek channel drops, and points. The crappie fishing here is some of the best in the state.

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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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