Outer Banks Fishing

Pier Fishing on Hatteras Island

Rodanthe and Avon both have piers available for great Outer Banks fishing. Each individual pier has a pier house where fishermen can purchase bait and tackle. There are also rods and reels that fishermen can rent. You can buy a daily, weekly, or seasonal admission ticket. Pier hours vary on the season and are well-lit for individuals who like to fish at night. If you call the piers in advance, pier employees will gladly tell you what types of fish are biting on that particular day.

Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Beach Access

The beach access ramps are provided by the National Park Service. In order to use these ramps and get to the beach, you must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle and a beach permit, which can be purchased at one of the National Park Service stations. See the NPS map of all Hatteras Island ramps and find more beach permit information.

North Carolina Fishing Licenses

A North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) is required to fish on the Outer Banks. Fishing licenses are administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and can be purchased on a 10-day, annual, or lifetime basis. It may also be combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). This license allows recreational fishermen to harvest finfish for personal consumption. Fishermen using this license are held to the state’s recreational size and possession limits. For more information, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

General Fishing Along the Outer Banks

The state of North Carolina determines what types of fish are allowed to be caught. They also determine the length of the fish that can be caught, how long the fishing season will last, and the amount of fish you are allowed to catch and keep for yourself. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure the improvement of fish populations. Each pier has up to date information on the latest fishing regulations.

There are many different species of fish available for fishermen to catch. The availability of each specific type of fish depends on when peak season occurs. The peak season is when the fish are the most plentiful in nearby waters. Some you might keep an eye out for include:

  • Spot
  • Croaker
  • Flounder
  • Gray Trout
  • Speckled Trout
  • Pompano
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Bluefish
  • Striped Bass
  • Red Drum
  • King Mackerel
  • Cobia