Boating and Fishing

Boating

October 2020 Update: 

We’re extending our season for daily boat rentals at Bass Lake Park through the end of October. Reservations will be taken every day, 8-10 a.m. at the Bass Lake Park concessions window, and rentals are available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. Motorized and nonmotorized boats are available. 

  • Renters must be 16 or older and show a photo ID
  • No personal watercraft of any type allowed on Bass Lake
  • Small children and dogs count towards seating limits

Boating Pricing

  • Non-motorized boats; canoes (seats 3) and rowboats (seats 4) - $5.00/hour
  • Gheenoe boat (seats 3) with a trolling motor - $10.00/hour

Fishing

  • Free to the public
  • The lake is stocked with 1500 lbs. of catfish every other month starting in Mid-Spring through Mid-Fall
  • Concession stand carries a variety of live and packaged bait
  • If you need a pole, sign up for the Tackle Loaner Program to borrow equipment for free.
  • People ages 16 and older need a North Carolina Inland fishing license, which can be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org or at local stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart

Limits

  • Bass – Catch and release only
  • Sunfish and Crappie – No limits
  • Catfish – No more than 6 per person, per day, with a minimum size of 12 inches

Water Quality Information

Bass Lake is classified as a lake for recreational boating and fishing and does not allow contact activities like swimming.  The Town of Holly Springs works closely with the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources/division (NC DENR) of Water Resources and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to monitor and test the water quality for recreational use periodically throughout the year.

On occasion, when conditions are right, algal blooms do occur on the Lake. Holly Springs will follow the notification guidance provided by NC DHHS and NC DENR. For more information on algal blooms and updates on any fish advisories (around the state of NC), please see:

Facts and Information about algae in North Carolina waterways.

  • Algae are responsive to the physical and chemical conditions in the aquatic environment.
  • Sometimes their rapid reproduction causes blooms.
  • Most blooms occur when favorable environmental conditions exist, such as an extended photoperiod (sunlight) during summer, sufficient nutrients, and slow moving or stagnant waters.
  • Less than one percent of algal blooms actually produce toxins.
  • Not all algal blooms are harmful, some can actually be beneficial. Phytoplankton are found at the base of the marine food chain therefore all other life in the ocean relies on phytoplankton.
  • Theses blooms may be particularly beneficial to certain fish species found in Bass Lake.