Fishing is the ideal way to kill a lazy morning or afternoon. Just you (and sometimes a friend or family member), the sound of water, and the beauty of nature. Living in Sanford means you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the city, within an easy drive of prime fishing spots. If you’re looking to get out by the water, here are some places to get started.

Equipment and Licensing

With very few exceptions, fishing in North Carolina requires a license. You can buy the licenses online with most major credit cards. Fees vary significantly, but all are affordable; an annual license suitable for most folks is $25.

Looking to stock up on equipment? In Sanford, you can visit the official Cashion Fishing Rods showroom. For bait, we recommend either Hammerdown or Thomas Bait and Tackle.

San-Lee Park

You don’t even have to leave town to go fishing in Sanford! San Lee Park comes complete with both pier and bank fishing. There are also plenty of fish, with stock exceeding 70,000 over the past ten years. This is primarily due to its inclusion in NC’s Community Fishing Program, which encourages amateurs to pick up a rod.

Raven Rock State Park

Just east of Sanford along the Cape Fear River, Raven Rock State Park is a great place to catch catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, eel, and more. The most popular spot by far is the aptly named Fish Traps, where unique rock formations in the river make it as easy as, uh…shooting fish in a barrel.

Jordan Lake

As one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Triangle, Jordan Lake is a great spot for Sanford residents looking to get outside. Fishing along the bank is easy, with access from multiple entrances along the lake perimeter. Here there are also public use boat ramps if you want to get further out on the water. The lake’s environment is particularly conducive to catfish, bass, crappie, and pan fish.

Sanford, North Carolina offers easy access to major cities with the peace and quiet of rural living. Autumnwood is one of its newest neighborhoods, with beautiful, affordable family homes available now! Contact us today to learn about our openings.

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