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Derek, check the regs on the lake. It closes for fishing during duck seasons. There are three public landings that are marked on most maps with any amount of detail. Most of the accommodations are hunting lodges.
 

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Yeah, I went down there about a month ago with a friend of mine that had been bugging me to go with him for a long time. The lake is (as Sundrop mentioned) very shallow; 6 - 7 feet at it's deepest points - when the water is at normal level. I have a Ranger Ghost that only draws 8 " and the water was so low when I was there that we were bottoming out and I could not run the engine for fear of taking in mud and clogging the water pump. We had to do what we could on the trolling motor. We caught several cats and a grinnel. The bass fishing is supposed to be really good there, I did not fish for them that day. The lake is 18 miles long and 6 miles wide, the largest natural lake in NC. The two theories are that it is a meteorite depression, or the result of a peat burn that lasted several decades. Either way, it is actually a couple of feet below sea level, hence the Pamlico Sound actually seeps into the lake making it a brackish body of water. It does have some very large blue crabs in it. It's not uncommon to get crabs that are 10 to 12 inches from point to point. So when all else fails, go crabbing. It is out in the boonies and there is very little around for accommodations other than hunting "lodges". I would look around Englehard for a place to stay. Good luck, hope you fill your cooler. Be sure to tell us about it when you get back.
 
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