Classification: Game Fish
Abundance: Mountain region in the western part of the state.
Sport Fish Profile (pdf) Species Profile (pdf)
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.
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.
There are no closed seasons on inland game fishes with the following exceptions (PDF).
2009 Cape Fear River a Haven for Catfish Anglers (PDF)
2009 Tar River is Home of Trophy Flathead Catfish (PDF)
Trout Fishing in North Carolina
Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Information and Map
Trout Fishing Maps: N.C. Fishing Access Map
NC Freshwater Fishing State Record Program
NC Angler Recognition Program (NCARP)
The Economic Impact of Mountain Trout Fishing in N.C.
Trout Sign Maps and Regulations (PDF)