Rock Bass

Scientific Name: Ambloplites rupestris
Classification: Game Fish
Abundance: Common in many of the coolwater rivers in western NC.

Sport Fish Profile (pdf)


Additional Information

Rock bass are native to the Mississippi River drainage and northern Atlantic drainages, such as the Connecticut and the Delaware rivers. In North Carolina, rock bass are native to rivers in the western part of the state that flow to the Mississippi, and they have been stocked into numerous rivers draining to the Atlantic Ocean. Rock bass are usually found near sheltered pool areas around rocks and woody debris in rivers in the mountains and foothills. They are occasionally found in lakes.


North Carolina offers some great fishing opportunities. If you are a resident or visitor to the state, please review the links below to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines.

The following fishing regulations are effective August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

Inland Fishing

Inland Fishing Regulations
Regulatory authority between the Wildlife Resources Commission and Division of Marine Fisheries. Inland game fish regulations include Manner of Taking, Seasons and Using Trotlines and Set-hooks.



Saltwater Fishing


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