Big Bass Tournament
Dates: March 1  – October 18, 2020
Times: During Operational Hours
Ages: 16 & older
Cost: $25.00 per year
Graham-Mebane Lake sponsors a season-long big bass tournament. 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.  The top three finishers in the Fish-Off receive cash prizes. Big Bass Tournament Fish-Off: Saturday, October 24, 2020 

2019 Big Bass Tournament Results



Winning Weight

MarchCaleb Rogers10.01 lbs.
AprilRobert Riggan7.99 lbs.
MayTommy Williams6.34 lbs.
JuneJordan Simmons7.94 lbs.
JulyFrank Miller7.93 lbs.
AugustCurtis Rippey7.44 lbs.
SeptemberRodney Pickard7.18 lbs. 
OctoberKurt Krone9.28 lbs.

2019 Big Bass Tournament Fish-Off
1st Place – Curtis Rippey – 7.20 lbs.
2nd Place – Robert Riggan – 2.72 lbs.

Graham-Mebane Lake Bass Tournament
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 CANCELLED
Time: Gate opens at 7:00am, mandatory meeting at 7:15am, launch will follow. All boats returned by 3:00pm for weigh in.
Cost: $100 per boat, 1 or 2 people (maximum of 2 people per boat)
Details: Pre-registration in-person on Saturday, March 14 at marina at 3:00pm. First come, first served. 75% Payout to the top three spots. 100% Big Fish Payout will cost an additional $10 per boat. Prizes will be awarded by check, mailed or picked up at Graham City Hall on the following Tuesday after 2:00pm. Space is limited, 20 boat maximum. For more information and tournament rules (posted online after 03/06), please call (919) 563-6544 or visit 

Graham-Mebane Lake Bass Tournament Rules

Catfish Tournaments
The lake sponsors four bank-fishing catfish tournaments each summer. Each tournament runs from 8:00pm to midnight (with the exception of August (7pm-11pm tentative). Payout is for the three heaviest catfish caught and weighed at Graham-Mebane Lake during the tournament by three different entrants. (Entrants may weigh as many fish as they like, but only their heaviest fish will be considered.) There will be a 50/50 drawing during the tournament. All fish must be caught by rod, line, and hook at Graham-Mebane Lake during the tournament. Bank fishing only. This event is for all ages, children under 16 accompanied by an adult and must be able to cast, hook a fish, and reel it in by themselves. Adults may help net a fish. For more information, please call (919) 563-6544. No alcohol is allowed. 

Entrance Fee: $15.00/entrant

2019 Catfish Tournament Dates: May 18, June 15 & July 13 & August 10 (tentative)

2019 Catfish Tournaments Results
May 184.67, 1.56, 1.36
June 153.18, 3.01, 2.88
July 132.39, 1.11, 0.92 lbs.

NC Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program
Graham-Mebane Lake participates in the NC Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program. The program is designed to introduce kids (ages 6 to 12) 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. 

There are four fish feeders in all near the shoreline to attract fish closer to the bank fishing area. These feeders, the two fishing piers, and the fish attractors combine to make bank fishing at the lake fun and productive. This makes our Bank Fishing Area ideal for families seeking enjoyable and economical fishing trips.

Youth Fishing Day & Family Day at the Lake – 2020 information coming soon!