Fishing Areas in Wake County

Apex Community Park Lake CFP

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Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Phone: (919) 249-3344, (919) 249-3402

How To Go:
From the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 64 east of Apex, take U.S. 64 west. Go 1.3 mile; turn right on Lake Pine Drive (S.R.1521). Go 0.3 mile; lake is on the left.

About the Apex Community Park Lake:
Several sections of shoreline on this 60-acre impoundment are cleared of brush for bank fishing. Ten plastic fish at tractors have been installed. Channel catfish are stocked monthly from April through September. Fishing is by a city-issued permit only. Fishing tackle is available for loan for free at the park office.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish (particularly redear sunfish).

Bass Lake CFP , Holly Springs

Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Dept., Phone: (919) 557-3930

How To Go:
From N.C. 55 Business in Holly Springs, turn left (coming from Apex) on S.R. 1152 (Holly Springs Road). Go 0.5 mile; turn right on Bass Lake Road (S.R. 1393). Go 1.5 mile; park entrance is on the right.

About the Bass Lake:
Major renovations were made to the dam and the 70-acre lake, after the dam was damaged by Hurricane Fran in 1996. The lake was restocked with sunfish and largemouth bass. Channel catfish are stocked monthly from April through September. Fishing tackle is available for loan for free at the park office.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, Confederate House Public Fishing Area (PFA), Creedmoor

How To Go:
From I-85 north of Durham, take exit 186A (Granville County); take U.S. 15 north. Go 0.5 mile; turn right on S.R. 1726 (Will Suitt Road). Go 1.4 mile into Wake County; turn right on S.R. 1901 Wake23 (Old Weaver Trail). Go 1.3 mile; turn left, continuing on Old Weaver Trail. Go 0.2 mile; area is on the right with a parking lot on the left.

About the Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, Confederate:
Brush has been cleared from the shoreline at several sites along an old railroad causeway projecting into the lake and from access trails leading to them. Fish attractors have been placed near the shoreline.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish, carp, white perch and striped bass.

Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, Old 98 Public Fishing Area (PFA), Wake Forest/Raleigh

How To Go:
From N.C. 50, take N.C. 98 east 3.5 miles. Area is on the right.

About the Falls of the Neuse Reservoir:
A section of shoreline and access trails have been cleared of brush. Fish attractors have been placed near the bank fishing area, and hardwood trees have been cut and cabled to the shore line to attract fish. Rolling View and Sandling Beach State Recreation areas are located nearby and provide restrooms and facilities for camping and picnicking.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish, carp, white perch and striped bass.

Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, Upper Barton Creek Public Fishing Area (PFA), Wake Forest/Raleigh

How To Go:
From the intersection of N.C. 98 with N.C. 50, take N.C. 98 east. Go 1.7 mile; turn right on S.R. 1005 (Six Forks Road). Go 1.1 mile, cross the lake cove; the area is on the right.

About the Falls of the Neuse Reservoir:
Brush has been cleared from an area of shoreline and from trails leading to the lake from the parking area. Wooden benches have been placed around the shoreline. Timber was left standing in the area when the lake was filled, and fish attractors have been constructed near the shoreline.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, carp and bowfin.

Fred G. Bond Metro Park Lake CFP, Cary

Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, Phone: (919) 469-4100

How To Go:
From I-40, take N.C. 54 east, exit 285 (Aviation Parkway). Go 2.7 miles into Morrisville; turn left at the traffic light (still on N.C. 54). Go 1.4 mile to Cary Parkway; turn right. Go 1.7 mile on Cary Parkway; turn left on High House Road (S.R. 1615). Go 0.5 mile to second entrance to Bond Park (108 High House Road). Take Bond Park Road to boathouse on lake. Or, from U.S. 1, take Cary Parkway east; go three to four miles to High House Road. Turn right on High House Road; follow the directions above.

About the Fred G. Bond Metro Park Lake:
The 42-acre lake provides boating and fishing access. Visitors may rent boats, and private boats under 16 feet long without engines may be used during regular boat rental hours. Bank fishing is allowed from the 200-foot boardwalk and grassy areas of the lake front. Fish feeders have been erected in close proximity to these bank fishing areas. Park facilities include picnic shelters, athletic fields, an amphitheater, trails, volleyball courts and a large play ground area. The boathouse-marina provides restrooms, drinks and snacks. Channel catfish are stocked monthly from April through September. Fishing tackle is available for loan for free.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and crappie.

Harris Lake County Park CFP, New Hill

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Phone: (919) 387-4344

How To Go:
From Apex, take U.S. 1 south. Go approximately seven miles and take exit 89. Turn right (south) on New Hill-Holleman Road (S.R. 1127), go 2.8 miles; turn right into the park on S.R. 2000. Go 0.5 mile to the pond on right.

About the Harris Lake County Park:
A universally accessible, floating pier is available, and several fish attractors have been placed near the pier. Seven small ponds are located in the park. The largest pond (approximately three acres), located closest to the park entrance, offers the best fishing. Bank areas have been cleared for fishing access. A playground, picnic shelters and walking trails are available. Loaner fishing tackle, including some adaptive tackle that is universally accessible, is available for free.

Primary Fish Species: The largest pond and two other ponds are stocked with channel catfish; largemouth bass and sunfish are available in all the ponds.

Lake Crabtree County Park TLP, Morrisville

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Phone: (919) 460-3390

How To Go:
From Raleigh, take I-40 west to exit 285 (Morrisville Aviation Parkway). Take S.R. 1002 south. Go 0.3 mile; the park (1400 Aviation Parkway) is on the left.

About the Lake Crabtree County Park:
Some bank areas have been cleared of brush and several universally accessible piers have been constructed on the 522-acre lake. Fish attractors have been installed, and fish feeders are located next to the pier. Handicapped parking areas, restrooms and picnic shelters are located near the lake. Boat rentals are available. Fishing tackle, including adaptive tackle that is universally accessible, is available for loan for free.

Primary Fish Species: Bluegill, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish.

Lake Johnson TLP, Raleigh

Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (919) 233-2121

How To Go:
From I-440 in Raleigh, take the Gorman Street exit; go north toward the N.C. State University campus. Go 1.25 mile and turn left on Avent Ferry Road. Go 1.5 mile and turn left into the boathouse parking lot.

About the Lake Johnson:
No private boats or bank fishing is allowed.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, redear, crappie, bluegill, catfish and carp.

Lake Wheeler, Simpkins Pond CFP, Raleigh

Lake Wheeler Marina, Phone: (919) 662-5704

How To Go:
From I-440 (Outer Belt Line) in Raleigh, take the Lake Wheeler Road exit; go south (away from Raleigh). Go six miles; turn right into the Lake Wheeler complex. Follow the park road approximately .05 mile; Simpkins Pond is on the left.

About the Lake Wheeler, Simpkins Pond:
The brush has been cleared from most of the shoreline of this 8-acre pond. Parking facilities are located on two sides of the pond, and restrooms are available at the Lake Wheeler Marina. Several fish attractors have been installed. Channel catfish are stocked regularly and fed from April through September. Fishing equipment, including adaptive fishing gear that is universally accessible, is available for loan for free at the marina. Fishing is by permit only.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

Shelley Lake CFP, Raleigh

Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (919) 420-2331

How To Go:
From Raleigh, take I-440 to exit 7B (Glenwood Avenue /U.S. 70 west). Go 0.4 mile west on U.S. 70; turn right on Lead Mine Road at Crabtree Valley Mall. Go 1.3 mile; turn right on West Mill brook Road. Go 0.2 mile; turn left into Sertoma Park.

About the Shelley Lake:
Brush has been cleared from bank areas, and a fishing pier has been constructed. Feeders have been installed. Channel catfish are stocked monthly from April through September. Fishing tackle, including adapted fishing gear that is universally accessible, is available for loan for free.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

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