Cast your line in one of many Richmond County fishing holes and tell us which fish are biting. We offer anglers three large lakes from which to choose, Blewett Falls, McKinney and Indian Camp, along with countless other smaller lakes that dot our landscape. Catfish are the most sought after fish, although there are also plentiful Shad, Bream, Striped Bass and Mullet. You can choose to launch your own craft from one of our many public boat ramps or select a professional fishing guide, such as Pee Dee Fishing Adventures. Rumor has it that state record-sized catfish lurk under the submerged stumps of Blewett Falls Lake. And the state record is just shy of 90 pounds
WHERE TO FISH:
* Indian Camp Lake Public Fishing Area (PFA), Hoffman
About the Indian Camp Lake: Two universally accessible fishing piers joined by a concrete pad continuous with a handicapped parking space are located on the north bank of this 5-acre pond. An additional gravel parking area and access road have been constructed adjacent to the pier. Several fish attractors are located near the piers. Channel catfish are stocked at intervals over the summer. The fish are fed several times daily from April until September with automatic feeders situated near the piers. Pond is located on the Sandhills Game Land, and hunting and other activities are allowed subject to the regulations for this specific game land.
Primary Fish Species: Catfish and sunfish.
Directions: From the intersection with S.R. 1475 (Caddell Road) in Hoffman, take U.S. 1 south toward Rockingham. Go one mile and turn right on S.R. 1479 ( James G. Watson Road). Go 0.7 mile; the lake is on the right. Cross the dam; the access road to the parking lot turns to the right.
* Ellerbe Lions’ Club Community Park Lake CFP, Ellerbe
About the Ellerbe Lions’ Club Community Park Lake: A grass buffer has been established around the shoreline of this 1.5-acre pond. A gravel road circles the pond. An out door drama area, picnic tables and a playground are available.
Primary Fish Species: Catfish and sunfish. Channel catfish are stocked monthly, and the fish are fed by hand.
Directions: From U.S. 220 in Ellerbe, turn east on Church Street (S.R.1452 becomes Millstone Road). Go approximately one mile; park is on the right..
* Hamlet City Lake
Phone: (910) 582-2651
About the Hamlet City Lake: Bank fishing and parking access are ample at this 50-acre lake, and fishing is permitted 24 hours a day. A universally accessible fishing pier is available. The recreational complex around the lake includes a boat launch, hiking trail, picnic tables and horse-shoe pits. Gasoline-powered outboard motors are prohibited on the lake, but electric trolling motors are allowed. Channel catfish are stocked monthly and fed several times per day from April through September.
Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish.
Directions: From the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 74 in Rocking-ham, take U.S. 74 east. Go approximately six miles to Lakeside Drive in Hamlet. Turn left; lake is immediately on the right.
* McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery Public Fishing Area (PFA), Hoffman
About the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery: There are two piers for bank fishing — one is universally accessible with handicapped parking and a concrete, accessible trail to the pier. Brush installed around the piers congregates fish, and a fish feeder is near the pier. The 75-acre lake is stocked occasionally with channel catfish and bluegill from the adjacent hatchery operated by the Commission. Small boats are launched from the boating access area, and fishing is allowed only during daylight hours.
Primary Fish Species: Sunfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel and channel catfish; crappie in early spring.
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Phone: (910) 895-5330
Directions: From Hoffman (on U.S. 1 southwest of Aberdeen and Southern Pines), take McDonald Church Road for approximately four miles; turn left into the entrance to the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery (McKinney Lake Road). Go approximately 0.5 mile to the lake on the left.