Catch Release Streams Artificial Lures Only in NC

Posted in Trout Streams.


  • Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

C&R Artificial Lures Only

Ashe County
Big Horse Creek (Virginia state line to SR 1361 bridge, excluding tributaries)
Three Top Creek (game land portion)

Avery County
Wilson Creek (game land portion)

Buncombe County
Carter Creek (game land portion)

Burke County
Henry Fork (portion on South Mountains State Park)

Jackson County
Flat Creek
Tuckasegee River (above the Clark property)

McDowell County
Newberry Creek (game land portion)

Wilkes County
Harris Creek (portion on Stone Mountain State Park)