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

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

 

Regulatory Updates

2021 Striped Bass Harvest Season for the Roanoke River Management Area

  • April 10–16 in the lower river zone (downstream of the U.S. 258 Highway bridge at Scotland Neck to the mouth at Albemarle Sound).
  • April 24–30 in the upper river zone (upstream of the U.S. 258 Highway bridge at Scotland Neck to the base of Roanoke Rapids Dam).

Striped Bass information

Read April 7, 2021 news release

 

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.