Wildlife Commission Develops Online Search Tool for Trout Waters

Last Updated on July 5, 2015 11:13 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has developed a new online search tool for anglers who are interested in fishing for trout in western North Carolina.

Using the Public Mountain Trout Waters Search, anglers can find places to fish for trout by county or by regulation classification. Waters in the Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters Program fall into one of seven classifications, each with its own set of regulations: Delayed Harvest Trout Waters; Hatchery Supported Trout Waters; Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters; Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters; Wild Trout Waters; Wild Trout /Natural Bait Waters; and Special Regulation Trout Waters.

After anglers enter their search criteria, they can sort results alphabetically by county, classification, and stream name. When they have identified a water of interest, they can click on the map link, which takes them to an interactive map that zooms directly to the selected water. The search tool also provides a link to additional information about rules, regulations, and season dates specific to selected waters. Anglers also can download and print a list of waters within their search, along with rules and regulations, to take with them when fishing.

 “Through this new search tool, we wanted to provide anglers with a new way to explore the numerous public mountain trout waters the Commission manages in western North Carolina,” said Jacob Rash, the Commission’s coldwater research coordinator. “By allowing anglers to customize their search, establishing direct linkages to maps, and providing a diversity of information throughout the search tool and associated maps, we are optimistic that anglers will find it easier to go trout fishing.”

The new search tool can be accessed in several locations on the Commission’s website, including the Trout Fishing Page, which also provides additional information about trout fishing resources in North Carolina

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit

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