Is Harris Lake Open for Fishing?

Harris Lake, one of the most popular fishing spots in North Carolina, has been a popular destination for anglers for many years. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish species, including catfish, bass, and sunfish. In addition, the lake is one of the few lakes in North Carolina that allows for boat launching and public access.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) manages Harris Lake and regulates fishing activities on the lake. According to NCWRC regulations, Harris Lake is open to fishing year-round.

However, there are specific restrictions when it comes to fishing from a boat or from shore. Anglers must have a valid NC WRC license to fish from shore or from a boat on Harris Lake.

In addition to the regular NCWRC fishing regulations, anglers must also abide by the rules set by Harris Lake Park regarding motorboat speeds and any other activities on the lake. For example, motorboats are limited to a maximum speed of 10 mph while in the park boundaries and swimming is not allowed at any time.

Harris Lake also has several designated areas where anglers can access special areas for shoreline fishing. These areas are marked with signs indicating that they are designated as shoreline fishing areas only. These areas are strictly restricted to catch-and-release fishing only.


Yes, Harris Lake is open for fishing all year round but anglers must abide by all of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission regulations as well as any rules set by Harris Lake Park in order to legally fish from shore or from a boat on Harris Lake.

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Lindsay Collins