Derbies and Tournaments

Big Bass Tournament
Graham-Mebane Lake sponsors a season-long big bass tournament (March 1  – October 14).  There is a monthly winner for the heaviest largemouth bass caught and weighed.  Each monthly winner receives an annual permit for the upcoming year and qualifies for the Fish-Off on October 20th.  The top three finishers in the Fish-Off receive cash prizes.  Entrance fee: $25.00.

2018 Big Bass Tournament Fish-OFF

1st Place –

2nd Place –

3rd Place –

2018 Big Bass Tournament


Winning Weight

March 8.16 lbs.
April 8.03 lbs.
May  7.74 lbs
June 6.96 lbs
July 7.22 lbs
August 6.31 lbs

Catfish Tournaments
The Lake sponsors three bank-fishing catfish tournaments each summer.  Each tournament runs from 8:00 pm to midnight.  A cash prize is awarded to the angler who catches and weighs the heaviest catfish during the four-hour tournament.  Entrance Fee: $15.00. Call 919.563.6544 for more information.

2018 Catfish Tournament Dates: May 19th, June 16th & July 14th & Bonus Tournament on 8/11 (7pm-11pm)

2018 Catfish Tournaments


Winning Weight

May 19         3.02, 2.82, 1.31 lbs.
June 16 6.12, 4.08, 3.70 lbs.
July 14 5.52, 3.43, 1.67 lbs.
August 11 5.92, 4.56, 4.42 lbs.

NC Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program
Graham-Mebane Lake participates in the NC Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program. The program is designed to introduce kids to fishing by allowing them to sign out fishing rods to use free of charge.  Parental guidance is required. Please ask Lake Staff for more information.

Community Fishing Program
The Graham Recreation and Parks Department has joined with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission’s Community Fishing Program to install a handicap-accessible fishing pier and solar-powered fish feeders to make fishing more enjoyable for all anglers.  A second pier was installed to reduce crowding and allow bank anglers to fish areas that were previously out of reach.  This makes our Bank Fishing Area ideal for families seeking enjoyable and economical fishing trips.