North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Fishing Publications

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Fishing Access for the Coastal Region of North CarolinaThis guide contains information on fishing in the coastal region of North Carolina. Types of access, fish species available and universally accessible amenities are included.View online:
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Fishing Access for the Mountain Region of North CarolinaThis guide contains information on fishing in the Mountain region of North Carolina. Types of access, fish species available and universally accessible amenities are included.View online:
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Fishing Access for the Piedmont Region of North CarolinaThis guide contains information on fishing in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Types of access, fish species available and universally accessible amenities are included. View online:
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North Carolina Trout Fishing MapsPrinted copies of the North Carolina Trout Fishing Maps (2007) are no longer available; however, if you own a copy, you can view a list of updates here.

Please visit the N.C. Interactive Fishing Access Map to find information regarding Public Mountain Trout Waters. Users can view all Public Mountain Trout Waters, search for specific waters or regulatory classifications, select counties of interest, find driving directions, and print maps.

Public Mountain Trout Waters are displayed in colored lines that correspond to colors of existing signs conspicuously posted along waters. Tract boundaries and designated portions of streams are not precise, but are approximations of actual locations.

Users should identify boundaries on the ground before fishing. Maps are provided as a guide to trout waters and users should refer to the current North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest or see the trout regulations to obtain additional information and confirm regulations in effect.

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Age and Growth of FishesThis publication describes fish longevity and growth and how habitat can affect growth rate.This pamphlet is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

View online:
Download the pamphlet. (PDF)

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Catfishes of North CarolinaThis pamphlet contains information on how to identify the catfish species found in North Carolina waters. It also provides information on catfish fishing tips, regulations and fishing hot spots.This booklet is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

View online:
Download the booklet. (PDF)

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Do you know the difference between a northern snakehead and a bowfin?FLYER NOTICE: It is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess or sell live snakehead in North Carolina. If you catch a snakehead, DO NOT RELEASE IT! Keep the fish, freeze it or place it on ice and contact N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download the flyer (PDF)
Herring and Shad in North CarolinaThis pamphlet contains information on how to identify the six herring and shad species found in North Carolina waters. It also provides information on conserving herring and shad populations in North Carolina's coastal rivers.Access online:
Download the guide. (PDF)

Order by Telephone:
This booklet is available free of charge. To order by telephone, call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
North Carolina Sport Fish Identification Pocket GuideThis pocket-sized guide contains information on various freshwater sport fish species that inhabit our state's waters.

Learn more about Sport Fish in the Fishing Species section.
This guide is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Pond Management GuideThis guide contains information on how to stock and manage recreational ponds properly, including the basic principles and requirements for maintaining high-quality fishing and solving pond problems.This guide is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at (919) 707-0220. Copies can also be obtained from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.

View online:
Download the Pond Management Guide. (PDF)

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Smallmouth Bass in Western North Carolina Streams and RiversThis pamphlet summarizes a study conducted between 2007 and 2009 by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to determine the distribution of smallmouth bass and collect population data from several rivers and streams in western North Carolina.Download the pamphlet. (PDF)
Trout Fishing Partnership OpportunitiesThis brochure discusses trout fishing partnership opportunities for communities in western North Carolina with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download the brochure. (PDF)
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2016-17 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations DigestContains information on license requirements, inland fishing regulations, hunting regulations, trapping regulations, Game Lands regulations and restrictions, local laws, Big Game Harvest Reports, and Permit Hunt Opportunities.

This publication is available free of charge.

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Obtain a digest from one our Wildlife Service Agents.
 
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1707
(919) 707-0391

Coastal, Joint, and Inland Fishing Waters Designations in North CarolinaThis guide to North Carolina’s Coastal, Joint, and Inland fishing waters, listed by county, is intended to serve as a quick reference in determining the designations of these named water bodies.Download the guide. (PDF)
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Game and Fish RecipesA collection of favorite recipes from employees, friends and family of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download the recipe booklet. (PDF)
Quick Facts: From the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (USFWS)The 2006 National Survey of Fishing,Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a comprehensive source of wildlife-related recreation information.Download the brochure. (PDF)
Ready, Set, Go Fishing!Coloring and acitivity book for children. This guide is available free of charge.Order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Sport Fish Restoration in North CarolinaLearn more about the Sport Fish Restoration Project and its accomplishments in this report.Download the report. (PDF)
The Economic Impact of Mountain Trout Fishing in North CarolinaA study on the economic impacts of trout fishing opportunities provided and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download a two page summary of this report (PDF)

Download the full 69 page report (PDF)