North Carolina's saltwater coastline and inland streams present numerous fishing opportunities for both seasoned and beginner anglers. In January the waters of Cape Hatteras is abound with striped bass which migrate to this waterway during winter. In early summer, Randleman Regional Reservoir is filled with largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish. Come fall, the coast of Masonboro inlet located in Wrightsville Beach is crowded with huge schools of bluefish.

A North Carolina fishing license is required to enjoy freshwater and saltwater. These are separated licenses that can be bought either as a resident or non-resident of the area. Since fishing in NC is practically throughout the year, an annual or a lifetime fishing license is more practical. Online purchase of a fishing license is accessible through the website of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It is also available from a legitimate outdoor sports shop or tackle shop retailer.

North Carolina's fishing rules and regulations were put in place in order to manage all fish populations and their natural habitat. These may change at any time based on pertinent conditions. Most of the freshwater waterways are stocked with various fish species to ensure growth and increase in population. Learning these laws and rules will benefit both the angler and fish.

The proceeds from the issuance of fishing license go to the conservation program of NC. The funds are spent toward researches and studies regarding habitat, fish stocking, hatcheries and education on conservation and protection of the natural and fish resources.