GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Piedmont Triad offers a variety of lake fishing fun. For the most part, you need a fishing license, fishing poles, bait, and a place to cast a line.
Below you’ll find information for lakes across the Piedmont Triad, upcoming fishing tournaments, and resource information for fishing in North Carolina. Make sure you check websites for hours of services and for fishing fees and location of parks.
Below the fishing resources, you'll find an even more in-depth list of all the hot spot fishing holes located in the Piedmont Triad.
Fishing is allowed from fishing piers and boats at area lakes. However, bank fishing is not allowed.
You can get annual passes and each marina office sells North Carolina Fishing and Hunting Licenses.
Boat ramps are available for private boat launches. Lakes also offer rowboats to rent year-round. You can also bring your own electric trolling motors or gas powered motors (less than 10 hp) to use on rental rowboats.
What You’ll Catch
You’ll catch the following fish at most lakes in the area: largemouth bass, black and white crappie, channel catfish, brown and yellow bullhead, yellow perch, chain pickerel, blueguill, redbreast sunfish, pumpkinseed, warmouth, red ear/shellcracker, threadfin and gizzard shad. Bodie bass (hybrid) and striped bass can be found in Lake Townsend.
Lake Brandt is an 816-acre municipal reservoir. The lake was originally built in 1925 and raised to its present level in 1958. The lake features fishing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and canoeing. You’ll mostly catch largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.
Lake Higgins is a 226-acre municipal reservoir and was constructed in 1956. It’s the smallest of all three City lakes but offers some of the best fishing in the area. You can fish by boat or from the pier. You can also enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing. Rowboats, kayaks, and canoes are available for daily rentals.
Lake Townsend is the largest of Greensboro’s municipal reservoirs. The lake is 1,542 acres. A large boat ramp is available for private boat launching, with another launch ramp for small sailboats. Kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats are available to rent. You’ll catch largemouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, catfish, and crappie.
Fishing at Hagan-Stone Park is allowed from the banks of all four lakes and ponds in the park. You can fish from 8:00 a.m. – sunset each day. The cost to fish is $1 per person per day, or you can buy an annual pass for $35. Children 12 and younger may fish for free. All lakes within Hagan-Stone Park are governed by the NC Wildlife Commission rules and regulations. All fishermen age 16 and older must have a fishing license.
You’re likely to catch the following: Largemouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish all live in these lakes.
There’s lots of fishing fun at Northeast Park. You can try to lure crappy, bass, catfish, brim, and panfish from the banks of Bass Pond or cast off in the shallow waters of Reedy Fork Creek.
You can also fish it up at Southwest Park in Guilford Co. The park is located on a 513-acre property. You can also enjoy hiking trails, dog park, playgrounds, and picnic shelters.
OAK HOLLOW LAKE
Head to Oak Hollow Lake for fishing fun. The 800-acre lake allows fishing by permit at bank fishing sites and fish feeders are located around the bank. You’re likely to catch the following: largemouth bass, crappie, Bodie bass (striped bass x white bass hybrid), channel catfish, white perch, bluegill and sunfish.
HIGH POINT CITY LAKE
You’ll also find lots of good fishing at High Point City Lake. The 350-acre lake offers fishing and boating fun. There’s also lots to do with miniature golf, carousel, train ride, picnic areas and plenty of play areas. You’re likely to catch the following: largemouth bass, sunfish, bluegill, crappie, Bodie bass (striped bass x white bass hybrid), bullheads, pickerel and carp.
There are a lot of fishing holes in Forsyth County.
Salem Lake is a fishing hot spot! The lake is located just minutes away from downtown Winston-Salem. The 365-acre lake offers beautiful views and lots of fishing fun. You’re likely to catch: hybrid bass, large mouth bass, catfish, crappie, bream, carp, and white perch.
Fishing is not allowed from the banks of Salem Lake. Only pier and boat fishing are allowed.
Anyone 16 or order must have a North Carolina State Fishing License to fish at Salem Lake or Winston Lake.
Tanglewood Park offers fishing at Mallard Lake and Skilpot Lake.
Find a fishing spot on Winston Lake. The reservoir is located just a few miles from Winston-Salem in Forsyth County.
OTHER PARKS TO FISH AT IN FORSYTH COUNTY
LAKE CEDAROCK PARK
Channel catfish are stocked regularly at Lake Cedarock Park. There are areas to bank fish around the 2.5 acre pond. There’s also a pier as well. You’ll primarily catch the following: catfish, largemouth bass, and sunfish.
LAKE MACKINTOSH PARK & MARINA
Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina is in Burlington and covers over an area of 1150 acres and 61 miles of shoreline. Both pier and bank fishing is allowed. It’s located outside city limits on Huffman Mill Road.
Lake Cammack in Burlington offers opportunities for bank fishing. Fish feeders are located near the bank fishing area. There’s also an accessible fishing pier. You’ll catch the following: largemouth bass, chain pickerel, redear sunfish and white bass.
STONEY CREEK MARINA
Stoney Creek is the oldest and smallest of the four marinas operated by the City of Burlington. Only boats using electric trolling motors, canoes, and kayaks are allowed to launch from the marina. You can enjoy bank fishing.
GUILFORD-MACKINTOSH PARK & MARINA
Try out your fishing luck at Guilford-Mackintosh Park & Marina located in Whitsett. Fishing, boating and paddling are allowed at this marina. Only boats with electric trolling motors are allowed to launch from this site. The marina has two areas for bank fishing and a pier.
There’s no telling what you’ll reel in while fishing along the Haw River. There are plenty of access points for fishing all along the river. You’re most likely to catch a variety of fish including: largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and redear sunfish.