• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Fishing

Surf fishing at Cape Point

Surf fishing at Cape Point

NPS

Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers the angler a variety of excellent fishing opportunities. Many different types of fish can be taken from the surf, piers, and freshwater ponds as well as from boats in the inlets, the sound, and offshore in the Gulf Stream. You can go out on your own or check offshore fishing opportunities offered by our park concessionaire, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. The best fishing is in the spring and fall, but the earnest fisherman can easily find reward all year except January and February. Action during the middle of summer is best offshore.

Enjoy your day fishing, just remember any person aged 16 and older who wants to fish recreationally in any water designated as coastal and joint waters of North Carolina must purchase a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL). This license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis, or combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). State of North Carolina fishing regulations may apply.

The natural beauty of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a pleasure for everyone to enjoy. Help us preserve it by:

  • removing all trash (including fishing line, bait, fish parts or dead fish),
  • not feeding any wildlife,
  • returning back to the water alive all fish you aren't keeping (including skates and sharks), and
  • not dumping wastewater or gray-water on the beach.
Numerous local tackle shops sell bait and fishing equipment, and are your best source for fishing information. If using your vehicle to access a beach area, check out our off-road vehicle information.

Did You Know?

December 17, 1903 First Flight

Wright Brothers National Memorial, where Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first powered flights on December 17, 1903, is only a few miles north of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. More...