North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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.  

Fishing in North Carolina

Where to Fish

What to Catch


Seasons & Limits

There are no closed seasons on inland game fishes with the following exceptions (PDF).


  • Warmwater Game Fish (PDF)
    Game fish size and creel limits. Also, Bass and Morone (striped bass) Identification Charts.

  • Nongame Fish (PDF)
    Nongame fish regulations including Sale of Nongame Fish, Manner of Taking and Seasons and Waters listed by County.

Laws & Safety

North Carolina offers some of the nation's best fishing with abundant species and trophy game fish. If you are a resident or visitor to the state, please review this link to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines governing North Carolina's inland, joint and coastal fishing waters. 


To make certain that the public is safe, responsible, and free to enjoy boating activities throughout the state, the Wildlife Resources Commission enforces laws and regulations that all should observe. This link provides a resource for obtaining the facts you need to know.


Disabled Programs


Hatcheries & Stocking

NCWRC Hatcheries

Warmwater Hatcheries


Stocking Your Pond / Pond Management


Fishing Records


Additional Fishing Resources