Trout Fishing in North Carolina


Trout Fishing Maps

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

Public Mountain Trout Waters Search

Use the Public Mountain Trout Waters Search to locate a great new place to fish for trout in the mountains of North Carolina or learn more about the rules and regulations of trout fishing. This search can help you locate Public Mountain Trout Waters and show you which regulatory classifications apply. You can open a map and zoom to the selected water once you have made a list of locations or save your list as a PDF document to read when you are on the go.

Trout Signs

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

Whirling Disease Update

For more information view the Whirling Disease web page.

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.



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