Scientific Name: Micropterus dolomieu
Classification: Game Fish
Abundance: Common in many of the coolwater rivers and reservoirs in the mountain and foothill region of NC.
Sport Fish 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)
Where to Fish
NC Freshwater Fishing State Record Program
NC Angler Recognition Program (NCARP)