Cape Hatteras National Seashore | FISHING AND HUNTING

Fishing at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Fishing at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As long as you can get to the water, you can fish or crab at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Other than your equipment, all you need is a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License and knowledge of catch limits.

There are bait and tackle shops in all of the towns located along the seashore. In addition, there is park concessionaire-run marina located at the southern tip of Bodie Island, the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. You can dock your boat here, buy bait and tackle, and schedule fishing tours. For those wanting to launch a boat for the day, the National Park Service owns the boat ramps next to the Fishing Center. There are five ramps and plenty of parking for cars and boat trailers. There is no charge to use the ramp and park during the day (no overnight parking).

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Bodie Island

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Bodie Island

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Bodie Island

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Bodie Island

National Park owned boat ramps at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

National Park owned boat ramps at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

I am not a fisherman, but I do know something of it. On the other hand, I don’t know a thing about crabbing. For those in my shoes, but who would like to catch some crabs, the National Park Service offers crabbing lessons at Ocracoke Island on select days of the week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Calendar web page for details (enter crabbing in the Keyword search box). For complete information about fishing, see the park’s Fishing web page.

The hunting of waterfowl is also allowed within the park. As with crabbing, I know nothing about this sport, so for complete information be sure to visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Waterfowl Hunting web page.

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Last updated on July 8, 2020
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