Fishing in North Carolina

Where to Fish

What to Catch

Seasons & Limits

There are no closed seasons on inland game fishes with the following exceptions


Laws & Safety

North Carolina offers some of the nation's best fishing with abundant species and trophy game fish. If you are a resident or visitor to the state, please review this link to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines governing North Carolina's inland, joint and coastal fishing waters. 


To make certain that the public is safe, responsible, and free to enjoy boating activities throughout the state, the Wildlife Resources Commission enforces laws and regulations that all should observe. This link provides a resource for obtaining the facts you need to know.


Disabled Programs


Hatcheries & Stocking

Due to the fluid situation caused by COVID-19, some Public Mountain Trout Waters may not receive normal stockings this spring. The full stocking schedule for the season has been temporarily removed.  However, please check this page regularly to find locations of stocked waters by week.  

 As a reminder, all anglers should practice social distancing and maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others.

 Visit the NCWRC’s COVID-19 webpage for an updated list of trout waters that have been closed by local cooperators.

NWRC Stocking

Coldwater Stocking


Warmwater Stocking


NCWRC Hatcheries

Warmwater Hatcheries

Coolwater Hatchery 

Coldwater Hatcheries

Stocking Your Pond / Pond Management

Fishing Records

Additional Fishing Resources

Important Fish Info

How to Report Fish Kills

 To report a fish kill or find locations of reported fish kills in North Carolina, visit the NC Division of Water Resources.

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish consumption advisories are issued by the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, N.C. Division of Public Health. Find current fish advisories for the state of North Carolina and for specific bodies of water in North Carolina at this link Fish Consumption Advisories.

Coastal Recreational Fishing Information

NC Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan


Rhodes Pond Dam Update

For a timeline on Rhodes Pond dating back to 2005 and other information regarding the lake, visit the Rhodes Pond Update webpage.

Aquatic Nuisance Update

For more information on Gill Lice, Whirling Disease, Didymo and other aquatic nuisance species, view the Aquatic Nuisance Species webpage.