Laws & Safety

A good day of fishing starts with an understanding of the current regulations and knowing how to stay safe while on the water.  This section contains information on inland/freshwater fishing regulations, and boating regulations and safety requirements.  Links to additional resources, such as saltwater regulations, fish consumption advisories, and reporting fish kills are also provided. 

Fishing Regulations:

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. 

Boating Regulations:

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.