Are you excited to go fishing for trout in North Carolina? Before you pack your gear and head out to your favorite fishing spot, it’s important to know whether the trout season is open or not. In this article, we will explore the rules and regulations regarding trout fishing in North Carolina.
Trout Fishing Seasons
In North Carolina, there are two trout fishing seasons – Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Season and Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Season.
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Season
The Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Season typically runs from the first Saturday in April through the last day of February the following year. During this season, hatcheries stock selected streams with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Anglers are allowed to keep a maximum of seven trout per day with no minimum size limit.
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Season
The Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Season runs from October 1st through June 5th. During this season, certain streams are stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout that must be released until June 5th. After June 5th, anglers can keep a maximum of seven trout per day with no minimum size limit.
As an angler in North Carolina, it is important to know and follow all regulations set by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). Here are some key regulations for trout fishing:
- All anglers need a valid North Carolina fishing license.
- Anglers who plan to keep their catch must have a valid trout stamp.
- Only single-hook artificial lures can be used in designated Hatchery Supported Trout Waters.
- Bait can be used in Delayed Harvest Trout Waters but only one hook per line is allowed.
- All trout must be immediately released in Delayed Harvest Trout Waters until June 5th.
- Anglers must follow the daily possession limit and size limit in designated waters.
In conclusion, the trout season opens in North Carolina on different dates depending on whether it’s Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Season or Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Season. It is important to follow all regulations set by NCWRC to ensure the continued health and sustainability of trout populations. Remember to always practice catch and release when required and have a great time fishing!