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. 



2023 Winter Trout Stocking Schedule (NEW!)


Coldwater Stocking 



Warmwater Stocking


NCWRC Hatcheries


Warmwater Hatcheries


Coolwater Hatchery


Coldwater Hatcheries

Stocking Your Pond and Pond Management (Private Lands)


Commercial Hatcheries and Pond Management


Stocking Permit