Fontana Lake, North Carolina Fishing

Location and Fishing Information: Fontana Lake is located in Graham and Swain Counties and is named after and old logging town. There is an impressive maximum depth of 440 feet and an average depth of 135 feet making this the deepest lake in North Carolina. Whether you are boating, kayaking or fishing from shore, Fontana is sure to not disappoint.

Popular Fishing Species List

There are numerous different species of fish to find on this body of water. So, what type of fish are in this lake? You can find White Crappie, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, Spotted Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Muskie and Flathead Catfish and Channel Catfish on these waters.

Species Regulations

Bass: The size and limit depends on what body of water you are fishing. You can find the game fish chart here.

Crappie: Most areas of North Carolina waters the minimum size is at least 8 inches, however there are other lakes and reservoirs that have different stipulations which can be found here

Walleye: Most lakes there is no size limit and the Creel limit is 8 except for a select few areas.

Sauger: There is a 15 inch minimum and a Creel limit of 8 statewide.

Sunfish: 30 Creel limit but you can have no more than 12 redbreast sunfish.

Non-Gamefish: Certain restrictions apply.

Fontana Lake Fishing Videos

Marinas on this lake

Marina Name: Fontana Village Resort Marina

Address: 40 Fontana Dam Rd, Fontana Dam, NC 28733


Phone: (828) 498-2129

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