North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission


Scientific Name: Amia calva

Classification:  Nongame Fish
Abundance: Common in the Coastal rivers of NC.

Sport Fish Profile (pdf)


Additional Information

Bowfin live in lakes and large slow-moving rivers with muddy bottoms and dense vegetation. They tolerate silt and mud and can survive in warm, stagnant water by breathing air. This ability to breathe air allows bowfins to burrow in mud to survive drought.


North Carolina offers some great fishing opportunities. If you are a resident or visitor to the state, please review the links below to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines.

The following fishing regulations are effective August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

Inland Fishing

Inland Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Regulatory authority between the Wildlife Resources Commission and Division of Marine Fisheries. Inland game fish regulations include Manner of Taking, Seasons and Using Trotlines and Set-hooks.



Saltwater Fishing


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