Hatchery Supported Trout Streams in NC

Hatchery Supported Trout Streams

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Hatchery Supported is a designated trout stream as per the regulation of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) on certain trout streams. The designation allows for Catch & Keep of all trout, up to 7 per day. This a great trout stream designation for bait fishing and those that wish to keep their trout to eat.



Hatcher Supported trout waters season is open from August 1, February 28, each year in North Carolina.

Season is open from August 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022

  • No bait restrictions
  • No minimum length limit
  • Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
  • No fishing allowed from March 1, 2022 to April 1, 2022 Then from 7:00 a.m. April 2, 2022 to July 31, 2022
  • No bait restrictions
  • No minimum length limit
  • Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
  • There is no closed season for fishing on power reservoirs and city water supply reservoirs designated as trout waters
  • Stocking Schedule

Hatchery Supported Trout Stream Sign



  1. Choose here License Types & Fees. *All State Inland Fishing licenses in North Carolina include fresh water trout fishing everywhere in the state
  2. Order online NCWRC Online License Center


  • 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.

Alleghany County

Bledsoe Creek
Big Glade Creek
Big Pine Creek
Brush Creek
Cranberry Creek
Laurel Branch
Big Glade Creek
Little River
Meadow Fork
Pine Swamp Creek
Piney Fork
Prathers Creek

Ashe County

Beaver Creek
Big Horse Creek
Big Laurel Creek
Buffalo Creek
Cranberry Creek
Hoskins Fork
Nathans Creek
North Fork New River
Old Fields Creek
Peak Creek
Pine Swamp Creek
Roan Creek
Three Top Creek

Avery County

Boyde Coffey Lake
Elk River
Linville River
Milltimber Creek
North Toe River
Squirrel Creek
Wildcat Lake

Buncombe County

Bent Creek
Cane Creek
Corner Rock Creek
Dillingham Creek
Ivy Creek (IvyRiver)
Lake Powhatan
Reems Creek
Rich Branch
Stony Creek
Swannanoa River

Burke County

Carroll Creek
Henry Fork
Linville River

Caldwell County

BooneForkPond Buffalo Creek
Joes Creek
Wilson Creek
Yadkin River

Cherokee County

Davis Creek
Hyatt Creek
Junaluska Creek
Shuler Creek
Valley River

Clay County

Buck Creek
Fires Creek
Tusquitee Creek

Graham County

Calderwood Reservoir
Cheoah Reservoir
Panther Creek
Santeetlah Creek
(Big) Snowbird Creek
Stecoah Creek
Tulula Creek
West Buffalo Creek
Yellow Creek

Haywood County

Cold Springs Creek
Jonathan Creek
Pigeon River
Richland Creek
West Fork Pigeon River

Henderson County

(Rocky) Broad River
Cane Creek
Clear Creek
Green River
(Big) Hungry River

Jackson County

Balsam Lake
Bear Creek Lake
Cedar Cliff Lake
Cullowhee Creek
Dark Ridge Creek
Greens Creek
Savannah Creek
Scott Creek
Tanasee Creek Lake
Tuckasegee River—upper
Tuckasegee River—lower
Wolf Creek Lake

Macon County

Burningtown Creek
Cartoogechaye Creek
Cliffside Lake
Cullasaja River
Nantahala River—upper
Nantahala River—lower
Queens Creek Lake

Madison County

Big Laurel Creek
Big Pine Creek
Little Ivy Creek
Max Patch Pond
Meadow Fork Creek
Puncheon Fork
Roaring Fork
Shelton Laurel Creek
Shut-in Creek
Spillcorn Creek
Spring Creek
West Fork Shut-in Creek

McDowell County

Armstrong Creek
Catawba River
Little Buck Creek
North Fork Catawba River

Mitchell County

Big Rock Creek
Cane Creek
East Fork Grassy Creek
Grassy Creek
Little Rock Creek
North Toe River

Polk County

Green River
North Pacolet River

Surry County

Ararat River
Big Elkin Creek
Fisher River
Little Fisher River
Lovills Creek
Pauls Creek

Swain County

Alarka Creek
Calderwood Reservoir
Cheoah Reservoir
Connelly Creek
Deep Creek
Nantahala River

Transylvania County

Davidson River
French Broad River
Middle Fork French Broad River
West Fork French Broad River

Watauga County

Beaverdam Creek
Beech Creek
Buckeye Creek
Buckeye Creek Reservoir
Cove Creek
Dutch Creek
Elk Creek
Laurel Creek
Meat Camp Creek
Middle Fork New River
Norris Fork Creekv South Fork New River
Stony Fork

Wilkes County

Basin Creek
Bell Branch Pond
Boundary Line Pond
Cub Creek
Darnell Creek
East Prong Roaring River
Fall Creek
Middle Fork Reddies River
Middle Prong Roaring River
North Fork Reddies River
Pike Creek
Pike Creek Pond
South Fork Reddies River
South Prong Lewis Fork

Yancey County

Bald Mountain Creek
Cane River
Price Creek
South Toe River