Fishing License

North Carolina Fishing License

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Below are the rules that apply to Lake Norman, for other areas use the link above.

  • Persons under age 16 are exempt from the requirement of a basic fishing license.

  • The game lands license is not required to fish in any waters on game lands.

  • A fishing license is not required to fish a private pond. A pond or lake located on land owned by a public body such as a state-supported university or a government entity is not a private pond.

  • July 4th is declared “FREE FISHING DAY” and a fishing license is not required on this date.

Most people are required to have a Basic
Fishing License or a Sportsman License
to fish in Lake Norman.

Click Here to locate a “Wildlife Service Agent”
(A place to purchase a license)


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