The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 59 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest under hatchery-supported regulations on June 5. Waters will open at 6 a.m. to anglers age 15 and under and at noon for all other anglers.
When fishing in waters managed under hatchery-supported regulations, which are in effect through Sept. 30, anglers can keep a maximum of seven trout per day, with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.
From Oct. 1 to the first Saturday in June, when delayed-harvest regulations go into effect, anglers cannot harvest fish and can fish only with artificial lures with one hook. Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs.
Anglers age 16 and older need an inland fishing license and a special trout fishing license to fish in all designated public mountain trout waters, including delayed-harvest waters. Purchase licenses by:
Visiting the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org,
Calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) or
Visiting one of more than 1,000 Wildlife Service Agents located across the state.
For a list of delayed-harvest waters organized by county, consult the Commission’s regulations digest or view the fishing regulations online at www.ncwildlife.org. Click on the “Regulations” link, located on the left side of the page.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.
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