Fishing and Crabbing in Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Enjoy a fishing trip off the coast of North Carolina, along the unspoiled barrier islands of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms, these islands are ever changing and full of life, and they offer 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 take advantage of offshore fishing opportunities offered by the park concessionaire. The best fishing is in the spring and fall, while during summer, the most action is found offshore.

In addition to fishing, crabbing is a fun sound-side activity for the whole family. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it, especially when crabbing for famous Outer Banks blue crabs. This sport can be done throughout most of the year, but be sure to check the park website beforehand for guidance on regulations and licenses.

Last updated: January 16, 2018