Hatcheries and Stocking (Public Waters)

Fish hatcheries are an important component of freshwater fisheries management in North Carolina. The Wildlife Resources Commission uses hatchery-reared fish for a variety of purposes, including enhancing existing fisheries and establishing new populations. Each year, Commission staff stocks approximately 6 million fish in public lakes, ponds, streams and rivers throughout the state. The sections below provide more information on the agency’s six fish hatcheries and multiple stocking programs.

Coldwater Stocking


Coldwater Stocking by County

To find out how many brook, brown or rainbow trout the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to stock this year in a specific county's waters, select the county from the map below, which will download the appropriate PDF.