North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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

NCWRC Hatcheries

Warmwater Hatcheries

Coolwater Hatchery 

Coldwater Hatcheries

 

NWRC Stocking

Coldwater Stocking

Stocking dates are subject to change due to weather, equipment failures or other unforeseen circumstances.

               

Warmwater Stocking

Stocking Your Pond / Pond Management

Fishing Records

Additional Fishing Resources

Mountain Trout Information

 

Trout Sport Fish Profiles

 

Trout Stocking

Stocking dates are subject to change due to weather, equipment failures or other unforeseen circumstances.

​Delayed Harvest Schedule Change***Big Laurel & Shelton Laurel-Madison County***

Big Laurel and Shelton Laurel creeks in Madison County were scheduled to be stocked today(4/2).  Due to distribution equipment issues they have been rescheduled to tomorrow(4/3).

 

Additional Information

Striped Bass Information

Aquatic Nuisance Species

 

Programs

Publications

 

Monitoring & Surveys

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 web page.