The possibilities are endless!
From gulf stream gaffers to creek side crappies, Hyde County is a fishing enthusiast’s dream. There is access to prime fishing with boundless opportunities in salty, fresh and brackish waters in and around Hyde. Here are some things you might like to know before planning your fishing trip. Click on the red links to download guides, buy licenses or to learn more.
Public boat ramp accesses on the Hyde County mainland are located in Rose Bay, Swan Quarter, Hyde Canal, Lake Mattamuskeet and Engelhard. There are no fees for public use and all are in close proximity to some first-class fishing spots. Click here for a map.
Public boat ramps in Ocracoke are located on Silver Lake and available through the National Park Service, as well as the Anchorage Marina. Launching from the NPS ramp is free and round-trip launching from Anchorage Marina is just $5.
Fishing rules (WRC and DMF)
Know creel and size limits before heading out. Not only will you save yourself a ticket, but by complying with fisheries rules, you're being a good steward of the environment and helping to preserve future fish stocks. Keep a copy of the rules in your tackle box for quick and easy reference.
Click here for saltwater rules from the Division of Marine Fisheries, which apply to waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries.
Click here for freshwater fishing rules from the Wildlife Resources Commission, which would apply to waters of Lake Mattamuskeet and other inland creeks.
*A few more rules apply when fishing the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. Click here to learn more.
Those fishing in Hyde will need a specific license, depending on where they throw out their lines. Licenses are available at several tackle shops in Hyde, as well as online. Click on the following links to obtain licenses or for further information.
To fish in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pamlico Sound and all it’s tributaries, recreational fishermen need a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. To buy one, click here (you'll need access to a printer so you can print out a temporary card until you get the real one in the mail).
Inshore, nearshore and offshore charter boats typically carry a blanket license. So if you team up with a for-hire captain, you probably won’t need a license. Just for good measure, make sure you ask when you book your trip. Choosing a boat with a blanket license could also be a good indicator of how savvy the operator is on local fishing rules.
Crabbing with hand lines in the Pamlico Sound and tributaries requires no license. However, recreational fishermen using crab pots in the Pamlico Sound must have a CRFL license. They are allowed no more than five pots per day and they have to be identified with a hot pink buoy. The limit is 50 crabs per person, per day, or 100 per vessel. It is illegal to harvest crabs from pots other than yours.
Freshwater fishing, including crabbing at Lake Mattamuskeet, will require a fresh water fishing license from Wildlife Resources Commission. Click here to purchase one (make sure you have a printer).
Make sure your gear and safety equipment is in check before heading out. Not only could it save your life, it's also the law. Check out the Wildlife Resource Commission’s Boater’s Checklist and don’t leave home without it.
Don’t forget applicable boating laws.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a wealth of resources for boaters to take advantage of. To access downloadable publications, including maps, vessel guide, safety statistics, and more, click here.
Hyde County is known for Fresh Seafood
Here in Hyde County we are known for our bounty of fresh seafood. As a matter of fact, we insist on only the freshest, supplied by our local commercial fisheremen. The Hyde County Office of Economic Development endorses Outer Banks Catch, a local initiative to ensure fresh seafood is served and sold in our coastal communities. Click here for more information.