The Outer Banks is a great place to go fishing and there are so many different ways to enjoy the sport – from freshwater fly fishing to deep sea fishing. To avoid confusion and potential difficulties, it is important that anglers be mindful of the rules and regulations regarding fishing in North Carolina.
– All saltwater anglers over the age of 15 are now required to buy a fishing license in North Carolina. The license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis or combined with other licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission.
– Freshwater fishing in the northern Currituck Sound requires a Freshwater Fishing License.
– For-hire vessels and ocean fishing piers have the option to purchase a blanket license. Please check with the pier management or the charter captain to be sure you don’t need your own license.
Fishing licenses are available at tackle shops, Wal-Mart, Kmart and at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. They can also be purchase online at: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Automated License and Vehicle Information Network
Anglers need to know the current marine fisheries regulations, including size and limits. For more details about the current regulations and the citation program please visit any Outer Banks bait and tackle shop or pier. Or, call the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries at 800-682-2632 or visit Division of Marine Fisheries website. N.C. Recreational Coastal Waters Guide for Sports Fishermen
For more information on licenses, permits and limits please visit: Recreational Fishing License FAQs