July 4th, 2020 is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. Everyone in North Carolina, including visitors, can fish in any public body of water without the need for a license.
Other regulations, such as size limitations and lure restrictions, still apply. Use this fishing map to find public fishing spots. There are many public fishing areas in the Triangle. Make sure to check the box to indicate what kind of fishing access you want to filter for.
If you don’t own fishing gear, you can still participate. Many fishing sites across the state participate in the Tackle Loaner Program, in which you can check out a rod and reel.
That said, not every site might be participating this year, since some offices and community centers are closed due to health restrictions, so please make sure to check first!
Kids under age 16 participating in the Tackle Loaner Program for the first time will receive a free mini-tackle box containing hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and a stringer when they return the gear.
Some of the locations in the Triangle that normally participate in the Tackle Loaner Program:
- Lake Michie Recreation Area, Durham County
- Eno River State Park Office, Durham County
- Anderson Community Park, Orange County
- Apex Park Office, Wake County
- Bass Lake, Wake County
- Bond Lake Park Office, Wake County
- Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County
- Harris Co. Park Office, Wake County
- Lake Benson, Wake County
- Umstead State Park Office, Wake County
- Wheeler Lake Complex, Wake County