Trout Fishing in North Carolina

Trout Fishing Maps

Maps displaying publicly accessible trout fishing opportunities in western North Carolina.

Trout Regulations (PDF)

This section provides information from the North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest regarding fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters.

Click on the sign gallery icon below for information on the seven trout streams classifications and larger images of each sign.

Trout Stream Classification Signs

Trout Regulation Signs

Trout Stocking

Find detailed information about N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s stockings of brook, brown, and rainbow trout. 

Trout Stream Classification Signs

Trout Species

Three trout species call North Carolina’s mountain waters home. Click on the fish icons below to find out more about each species.

Rainbow Trout


Brook Trout

Brook Trout

Brown Trout

Brown Trout Brook Trout

Native Brook Trout License Plate to be Offered

Motorists can help support the conservation and management of Brook Trout by purchasing a new conservation license plate that depicts North Carolina’s only native trout.

North Carolina Trout Management Plan (PDF)

A guiding document for trout management in North Carolina.


Economic Impact of Mountain Trout Fishing 

A study on the economic impacts of trout fishing opportunities provided and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. 

Trout Fishing Partnership Opportunities (PDF)

Trout fishing partnership opportunities for communities in western North Carolina with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. 

Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program

This section provides information on the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program, including locations and license information.

Trout Angling Opportunities on Private Lands (PDF)

Information for anglers and landowners regarding Public Mountain Trout Waters on private lands.

Protect Your Waters From Aquatic Hitchhikers

Learn more about aquatic nuisance species and how to prevent their spread through basic gear care procedures.

Angler Access Sign