Where to Fish in Charlotte
Get ready to add fishing to your list of safe and fun family activities this summer.
Catch the big one at Cane Creek Park in Union County.
Union County Government
Looking for a safe and fun way to spend a few hours out of the house surrounded by nature? Nearby parks and nature preserves offer great opportunities to drop a line and enjoy a day out fishing. Whether you are an expert angler or trying to learn how to bait a hook, visit these places in and around Charlotte and get ready to have a great day - no matter if the fish are biting or not. Add it to your summer bucket list and try all the spots below.
Call or check facility Websites to confirm operating hours, the availability of fishing gear rental and any social distancing restrictions.
Please note people 16 and older in North Carolina must have a fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission online or from a local tackle shop or outdoor retailer that serves as a wildlife service agent. Call 1-888-248-6834 for more information or check out the Website.
Mecklenburg County — Nature Preserves
Families should note that while parks remain open at this time, visitors must follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines which prohibit the gathering of citizens in groups of 10 or more and include social distancing of at least six feet.
6211 Sample Road, Huntersville
Access to Mountain Island Lake offers numerous fishing, kayaking and canoeing opportunities, including a fishing dock.
15222 York Road
Drop a line in Lake Wylie from the banks and piers on Copperhead Island, a 20-acre island with hiking trails, camping, fishing access and more. Open daily for public use unless reserved for a special event.
2900 Rocky River Road
Reedy Creek Park features three ponds and a fishing pier, and is open from dawn until dusk. Dragonfly Pond is seven acres in size and has a depth range of 1-9 feet. It contains largemouth bass and bluegill. Kingfisher Pond is three acres in size and has a depth range of 3-7 feet. It contains largemouth bass and bluegill.
Mecklenburg County Parks
Looking for a secret neighborhood fishing spot? Start with Mecklenburg County's Community Fishing Program, which includes a number of ponds at parks stocked for public fishing. Parks are open every day from dawn until dusk. See the list below for where to fish and click here for addresses and types of fish stocked in each pond. Social distancing and CDC guidelines apply to all Mecklenburg County parks including those listed below.
- Freedom Lake at Freedom Park
- Park Road Lake at Park Road Park
- McAlpine Lake at McAlpine Creek Park
- Beatty Lake at Colonel Francis Beatty Park
- Davie Lake at William R. Davie Park
- Idlewild Lake at Idlewild Road Park
- Hornet's Nest Lake at Hornet's Nest Park
Gaston County Parks and Recreation
These three parks offer fishing free of charge. Of course adults and children 16 and over must have a valid NC fishing license. If you have fish enthusiasts under the age of 16, you can also checkout a fishing rod at Dallas Park for a single day of use. Pick up is at the Gaston Country Parks and Recreation office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Anyone who visits the parks must practice social distancing and proper hygiene/hand washing. Restroom facilities are open and receive a thorough cleaning multiple times a day.
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas. 704-922-2160.
4185 Mountainview St., Gastonia
South Fork River Park has 800 feet of river frontage along the South Fork with access areas for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and picnicking.
photo courtesy of gaston county parks and recreation website
With 800 feet of river frontage, you are guaranteed to find a favorite fishing spot.
Enjoy a fun family day out at the annual Kids Catfish Tournament July 18 at the Dallas Park for ages 3-15 from 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. Kids can win prizes while they learn more about fishing and practice their skills. Registration is not required. During the tournament, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission fills the lakes with smaller catfish and closes the lakes to ensure a great day out on the water.
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas
1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia
1400 Catawba Street, Belmont
Spend a day by the beautiful Catawba River at this 10-acre park which includes a canoe and kayak launch, public boat launch, two fishing piers and more.
19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius
The large, picturesque park is 105 acres and features a sandy beach area (no swimming allowed) and picnic decks.
Jetton Lake has a sandy beach for sunny play days.
Visit Lake Norman
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius
The park is 43.7 acres and features a boat launching area, docks and a fishing pier. The park is open from dawn until dusk. Throughout the summer a park entrance fee will be collected.
159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman
Did you know Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina? Pack up your gear and try your luck on the fishing pier at the end of State Park Road, the dock near the Visitor's Center or along the shoreline. Visitors are encouraged to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and consider wearing a mask if unable to maintain that distance. Please note the Visitor Center, Community Building, group campgrounds and swimming area are currently closed. Look to the website for the most up to date information.
“photo courtesy of nc division of parks and recreation
Spend a day fishing on North Carolina's largest manmade lake.
4330 Weddington Road, Matthews
Beatty Lake is 20 acres in size and has a depth range of 1-18 feet and offers great spots for kayaking, fishing and canoeing. It contains largemouth bass and bluegill. The park is open every day from dawn until dusk.
If you are age 16 and older, you will need a valid South Carolina fishing license to fish in the SC waters of Lake Wylie. Licenses can be purchased at area convenience stores, sporting goods stores and bait and tackle shops. For more information, contact the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
1782 Quality Circle, Rock Hill, S.C.
River Park is currently closed for improvements but is scheduled to open by late spring/early summer. Call for more information. Fishing at the park, along the Catawba River is free of charge. The park, which is 70 acres in size, is open every day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
6800 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury
Visitors who wish to fish must register at the concession stand. Fishing at the park costs $2.50, and is free for children under 3 and adults over 60. Fishing is not allowed from the pier. During the month of June, the park is open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Click here to see the complete list of what activities are available.
5213 Harkey Road, Waxhaw
In addition to fishing in the 350-acre lake, visitors can swim, enjoy pedal boats and play mini-golf during summer months. The lake is home to some of the best largemouth bass fishing in the state as well as bluegill, crappie and catfish. Call for details on entrance and activity fees.
Courtney McLaughlin is a freelance writer in Charlotte, mom who is much better at tangling fishing line than actually catching a fish.