Trout Fishing in North Carolina

Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery

The Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery will undergo a major renovation beginning in 2025. Setzer produces over 75% of trout for the agency’s trout stocking program. Trout stockings will not be impacted in 2024. However, there will be a reduction in trout stockings during the 2025, 2026 and potentially 2027 trout stocking seasons. We will continue to update the public during this important process, which ultimately ensures the sport of trout fishing will robustly continue in North Carolina for future generations.

Setzer Hatchery Renovation Updates

Support Conservation and Management of Native Brook Trout

Motorists can help support the conservation and management of Brook Trout by purchasing a new conservation license plate that depicts North Carolina’s only native trout.