Lake Mattamuskeet is a very shallow lake allowing only small boats access to approximately 40,000 acres of prime warmwater fishing. In addition to the lake, there are miles of canals available for bank fishing. Favorite species to catch are largemouth bass, white perch, crappie, sunfish, catfish and blue crabs. For more information consult our fishing regulations.

  • Fishing


    State fishing regulations, size limits, and license requirements apply. A freshwater fishing license is required to fish at the refuge.  Please note that there is a change to the minimum size limit for black crappie from 8" to 10" and largemouth bass from 14" to 16" for 2018.  The lake is closed to all boats November 1 through the end of February.  The lake opens to boats on March 1.

  • Crabbing


    A freshwater fishing license is required to catch crabs. Crabs must be caught by hand lines only- up to five per person. Commercial crab pots are not permitted. Crabs must be at least 5 inches, point to point, and the limit is 12 per person per day.