Cat Walks


From the Sound to the Ocean and the inlets in between, Pea Island offers a wide variety of scenic fishing opportunities.

Fishing on Pea Island is subject to State and local regulations, licensing requirements, seasons, and bag limits. Only the use of pole and line, rod and reel, or cast net is permitted.

Fishing Locations

  • On the Bonner Bridge, the catwalks are accessible for fishing on both the east and west sides of the bridge. Parking is on the east side, so those wishing to fish the west side should be VERY careful crossing NC Highway 12. Often drivers are busy looking at the ocean or boats coming and going... so be very careful. 
  • The old ferry dock is also accessible on the west side of NC Highway 12 at the north end of the refuge. Many visitors enjoy "bank fishing" from this spot!
  • New Inlet provides access for shallow-draft boats or wading to catch fish in the waters of Pamlico Sound.  Off and on, on a regular basis, the NC Department of Transportation blocks off this area due to the need for contractors to store heavy equipment or materials for road work.  Please look for the signs.  If the area is not signed as closed, you're welcome to use it for boating and sound access.  No kite boards,wind-surfing or personal watercraft!
  • And, of course, we have almost 13 miles of pristine beaches that surf fishermen may enjoy.

Nighttime Surf Fishing  

Because title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulation states that Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is open only during daylight hours, a permit is required to access the beach at night for fishing.  This permit is only available during times of the year when nighttime activities on the beach will have minimal impact on wildlife.  

Nighttime Surf Fishing Permit.