Getting Started

Tackle Loaner Program (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year.

Where to Fish (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
Find information on more than 500 publicly accessible places to fish in North Carolina including the locations of publicly accessible fishing piers, boat ramps and canoe launches, as well as places that provide bank and wade fishing opportunities.

What to Catch (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
Learn about common freshwater sport fish species found in North Carolina, including identification tips and fishing techniques.

How to Measure a Fish (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
Here’s an illustration of how to measure the fish you catch.

Community Fishing Program (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
Community Fishing Program sites are intensively managed bodies of water receiving monthly stockings of catchable-sized channel catfish from April-September.

Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
This is a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local governments to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity in western North Carolina cities that are designated as a “Mountain Heritage Trout Water City.”

Fishing Records (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
Here is a list of the largest common freshwater fish caught by hook and line in North Carolina waters.


N.C. Fishing Rules

Seasons and Limits (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
Here is information about the seasons and limits for various fish found in North Carolina.

Laws and Safety (N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission)
Review the information at this link to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines governing North Carolina’s inland, joint and coastal fishing waters.

Boating Regulations (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
To make certain that the public is safe, responsible, and free to enjoy boating activities throughout the state, the Wildlife Resources Commission enforces laws and regulations that all should observe. This site provides a single resource for obtaining all the facts you need to know.