NC Trout Resources
NC Widlife Request and Hellbender or Mudpuppy Sightings be Reported
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2023) – Wildlife biologists at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking the public, particularly anglers as opening day of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters approaches (April 1), to report any sightings of hellbenders and mudpuppies. Both types of aquatic salamanders are found in western North Carolina and listed in North Carolina as species of special concern. For More Information, click here.
For more information on Trout regulations, licensing and maintenance in North Carolina, please visit the link below.
you are fishing and see any deformities, strange swimming behavior or other signs of disease in trout, The NC Wildlife Resource Commission asks for you to report your findings by clicking here.
Help prevent the spread of diseases by:
Always clean and dry equipment, clothing and anything else that comes into contact with water.
Never move fish or aquatic life from one body of water to another without first obtaining a permit from the Commission.
Dispose of fish parts carefully after cleaning fish by putting fish parts in the garbage, burying them deeply or burning them completely.
Three trout species call North Carolina’s mountain waters home. Click on the names below to find out more about each species.
Rainbow Trout - Greenish back with small spots, Redish band from gill plat to tail.
Brook Trout - Greenish back with light green veriagation, Colored spots for a sparse lateral band, Leading edge of fins distinctively white.
Brown Trout - Brownish back with large colored spots, Deep orange to light yellow belly.