Sometimes it’s important to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and go on a secluded outdoor adventure that includes you, a few buddies or family members and a nice, sturdy fishing pole.  It may seem like such a place would be hard to come by near the state capital, but rest assured that Greater Raleigh has just as many tranquil fishing spots as it does bustling city wonders.

In Raleigh you’ll find plenty of good fishing on Shelley Lake and at the William B. Umstead State Park.  At Shelley Lake you’ll find 53 acres of water to fish on to your heart’s content and the Umstead State Park has not one, but three lakes, where popular catches include bass, bluegill and crappie.

At Bass Lake Park and Retreat Center in Holly Springs, you’ll find free bank fishing and boat rentals to help you in your hunt for bass.  You can also find guided bass fishing tours on the area’s best bass waters through Outdoor Expeditions USA.

For a comprehensive list of fishing spots in Greater Raleigh, visit this site.  There’s nothing like a little fishing and a great catch to add to any vacation.