Fishing in North Carolina

Whether it’s fishing a cold mountain stream, a warm Piedmont pond or a blackwater coastal river, North Carolina has many opportunities for the 1.2 million anglers who fish in North Carolina. Find out everything you need to know about fishing in North Carolina here.  

Where to Fish

This section provides information on more than 500 publicly accessible places to fish in North Carolina.

Seasons & Limits

Find season and limit information on trout, warmwater game and nongame fish species here.

Fishing Records

A list of the current freshwater fish state records and photos, as well as information on the N.C. Angler Recognition Program (NCARP) and the Division of Marine Fisheries’ N.C. Saltwater Fishing Records and Citation Program, is available here.


A list of fishing-related publications, monitoring and survey reports, as well as information on fishing programs, is available here.

How to Report Fish Kills

To report a fish kill or find locations of reported fish kills in North Carolina, visit the NC Division of Water Resources.

What to Catch

This section provides information for the common freshwater sport fish species found in North Carolina which includes identification tips and fishing techniques for each species.

Hatcheries & Stocking

Find information on the state’s six fish hatcheries, as well as stocking information for a variety of warmwater and coldwater fish species.

Laws & Safety

Know the rules, regulations and other guidelines governing North Carolina’s inland, joint and coastal fishing waters, as well as boating regulations and safety.




Delayed Harvest Stocking

2013 Delayed Harvest Stocking Dates (PDF)
2013 delayed harvest stocking dates are subject to change due to
weather, equipment failures or other unforeseen circumstances.

Trout Fishing

Includes trout fishing maps, regulations, current stocking dates, reports and more.

Coastal Rivers Fisheries Reports

Includes spring fish sampling reports, water levels and temperatures, and other seasonal information for the Neuse, Tar, Roanoke and Cape Fear rivers.

Get NC Wildlife Update

E-newsletter including season dates, bag limits, legislative updates and more from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.