Fishing in New Bern, NC

Although many anglers prefer fishing in the deeper waters of the Crystal Coast, New Bern, NC is filled with plenty of creeks, rivers, bays, piers and shore fishing options. Whether dropping nets in the river for bait, motoring into the Neuse for flounder and crabs or chartering an experienced captain for more adventurous endeavors, New Bern fishermen are never far from a place to test their luck.

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What's Biting

Fly fishing, shore fishing, party boat or solitary, anyone can purchase a license and fish in and near New Bern. From boat or pier, anglers expect to hook bass, bream, flounder and drum in local waters. The Neuse River is also home to various crabs, providing tasty and profitable rewards. Nearby Croatan National Forest permits freshwater and saltwater fishing; however, fishing in the forest's freshwater lakes is poor because of the water's acidity. Along the river shoreline, oystering, crabbing and flounder-gigging are worthwhile pursuits. Any ranger at the ranger office at 141 Fisher Avenue, 9 miles south of New Bern just off U.S. Highway 70 E, can provide maps and fishing advice. The office is open weekdays from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Several forest locations have fishing piers and boat ramps, including Brices Creek, Cahooque Creek, Catfish Lake, Great Lake and Haywood Landing. Again, rangers are happy to provide specific directions. (For more information on places to fish in the park, see our New Bern Sports, Fitness and Parks.)

Head, Charter and Tour Boats

36 Country Club Drive
Minnesott Beach, NC 28510
(252) 670-2841

Captain Dave Stewart knows local waters and the fish that live there.   Having fished the area for 35 years, in 2007 Dave decided to share his knowledge and began guiding.  He specializes in trout, drum (slot and BIG), flounder, rock, shark and cobia. Depending on weather, Capt. Dave can get you...more about KneEDeeP Custom Charters

Fishing Piers

New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 639-2900

Anglers, walkers and soccer lovers use the Lawson Creek Park year 'round. Off Pembroke Road and fronting the Trent River, the 140-acre park has two boat landings, a soccer field, two fishing piers including a handicapped walkway and chair friendly dock. There are two shelters at the park that may be...more about Public Docks - Lawson Creek Park

Fishing Gear

36 Country Club Drive
Minnesott Beach, NC 28510
(252) 249-1786

Minnesott Beach Bait & Tackle is the place to go to find all the equipment you need for success in local waters, all at affordable prices. Capt. Dave Stewart is an authorized repair center for Minn Kota and Power Pole and sells Bobs Machine Shop Jack Plates, Cashion Rods, Costa Del...more about Minnesott Beach Bait & Tackle/KneEDeeP Custom Charters

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