A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

Striped bass, catfish, perch, and occasionally flounder can be caught from the bridge over Corey's Ditch. Largemouth bass, bream, and catfish are the most commonly caught species in the other areas. All state regulations apply. 

Bank fishing and crabbing is permitted year-round in the following areas: the Marsh Causeway (SR 615), the bridge over Corey's Ditch, the Great Marsh Trail, and along Mackay Island Road from SR 615 to the dike gate. A small boat ramp, providing access into the Great Marsh is located near the dike gate on Mackay Island Road. 

From March 15 to October 15 all areas of the refuge are open including the impoundments (pools) beyond the dike gate. These areas may only be accessed by hiking, bicycling, or by boat from Currituck Sound. The refuge impoundments (East Pool, Middle Pool, and West Pool) are open to bank fishing only. A disabled accessible fishing pier is located on the East Pool impoundment (contact the office for information on access). 

Crabbing on the refuge is permitted in areas of the refuge open to the public, following state regulations. All lines must be attended.  

Every September, Ducks Unlimited holds its annual Green Wing Youth Fishing Event. Registration is required and information is available from Ducks Unlimited at www.ducks.org or the Refuge. 

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