North Carolina State Fishing Regulation License

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission or NCWRC is North Carolina's wildlife management body. These are the fishing signs you will see posted around each trout stream in North Carolina. Make sure your license is up to date and you follow all the regulations. The preservation our trout streams depends on each outdoorsmen following the guide lines. If you are looking for a Fly Fishing Club or Orginization to join look here.

Hatchery Supported Regulations:

  • Hatchery SupportedSeason is open from August 1, 2013, to February 28, 2014
  • No fishing allowed from March 1, 2014, to April 4, 2014
  • Then from 7:00 a.m. April 5, 2014 to July 31, 2014
  • There is no bait or lure restriction
  • There is no size limit restriction
  • There is a seven (7) fish per day creel limit
  • There is no closed season for fishing on power reservoirs and city water supply reservoirs designated as trout waters

Delayed Harvest Regulations


  • Delayed HarvestOctober 1, 2013 to June 6, 2014 No trout may be harvested or possessed
  • Only artificial lures having one single hook may be used
  • No fishing allowed at all between 1/2 hour after sunset on June 6, 2014 and 6:00 am on June 7, 2014
  • At 6:00 a.m., June 7, 2014, these waters open to fishing for youths under 16 years old under Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations
  • No bait restrictions
  • No minimum length limit
  • Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
  • At 12:00 p.m. on June 7, 2014 these waters open for all anglers under Hatchery Supported regulations.
  • Stocking Schedule Dates Delayed Harvest...PDF file

Wild Waters Regulations

  • Wild TroutYou can only use a single hook artificial lure
  • You can only keep four (4) fish
  • The four fish must be at least seven (7) inches long
  • It is unlawful to possess natural bait on your person while fishing

Catch and Release Artificial Flies Regulations

  • signcatchrelease2Season is open year-round
  • No fish may be harvested or possessed
  • Only artificial flies having one single hook may be used
  • It is unlawful to possess natural bait on your person while fishing

Catch and Release Artificial Lures Regulations

  • signcatchreleaseSeason is open year-round
  • No fish may be harvested or possessed
  • Only artificial lures having one single hook may be used
  • It is unlawful to possess natural bait on your person while fishing

Wild Trout / Natural Bait Waters Regulations

  • signwildnaturalbaitSeason is open year-round:
  • You can use a single hook artificial lure (or)
  • You can use a single hook with natural bait
  • You can only keep four (4) fish
  • The four fish must be at least seven (7) inches long

Special Regulation Waters

  • special_trout_reg_signThe Special Regulation classification allows the Commission to implement site specific regulations on unique trout fisheries in the state that do not fit into existing categories. The regulations for each water body managed under Special Regulation will be displayed on each sign