STATE: Delayed Harvest trout waters Open June 1

Published 4:42 pm Sunday, May 26, 2024

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 32 trout streams and two lakes classified as Delayed Harvest to trout harvest on June 1 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,

Please note, the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery will undergo a major renovation beginning in 2025. Setzer produces the majority of trout for the agency’s trout stocking program. Trout stockings will not be impacted in 2024.

However, there will be a reduction in trout stockings during the 2025, 2026 and potentially 2027 trout stocking seasons. We will continue to update the public during this important process, which ultimately ensures the sport of trout fishing will robustly
continue in North Carolina for future generations. Follow progress at