STATE: Delayed harvest trout waters open June 3 

Published 2:02 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as Delayed Harvest to trout harvest on June 3 through Sept. 30.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on opening day, Delayed Harvest waters are open only to youth under 18 years old. At noon, waters open to all anglers. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no gear or bait restrictions and no minimum size limits. The Wildlife Commission established the youth-only fishing period in the morning of “opening day,” which is always the first Saturday in June, to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch and keep fish.

Delayed Harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. A list of Delayed Harvest trout waters, regulation information and trout maps can be found at

While fishing, anglers are urged to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species like gill lice, whirling disease and didymo, by following these minimal steps:

  • Clean equipment of all aquatic plants, animals and mud.
  • Drain water from boats, live wells and equipment.
  • Dry equipment thoroughly.
  • Never move fish, plants or other organisms from one body of water to another.

Learn more about aquatic nuisance species by visiting the Commission’s Aquatic Nuisance Species webpage,