North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Common Carp

Scientific Name: Cyprinus carpio
Classification:  Nongame Fish
Abundance: Common throughout NC.

Sport Fish Profile (pdf)


Additional Information

Carp are native to Eurasia but were introduced into North America during the 1800s. They can now be found in lakes and rivers throughout the United States. Carp are routinely found along the shoreline of lakes and rivers, where they feed on aquatic plants, algae, invertebrates and, on occasion, small fish.

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).