RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 4.
But there’s a catch . . . only anglers 15 years old and younger can fish these waters from 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. At noon, these waters open to all anglers.
The youth-only fishing time frame is designed to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch — and keep — fish.
Under hatchery-supported regulations, in effect through Sept. 30, anglers can keep a maximum of seven trout per day, with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.
Anglers age 16 and older need an inland fishing license and a special trout fishing privilege, which is included in the comprehensive and sportsman licenses, to fish in all designated public mountain trout waters, including delayed-harvest waters. Purchase licenses by:
See the “2010-11 North Carolina Fishing Regulations” webpage for a list of delayed-harvest trout waters, regulation information and trout maps.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.