North Carolina Delayed Harvest Opens October 1st
In North Carolina, October 1st marks the beginning of the Delayed Harvest Season for trout. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission stocks over thirty rivers and streams throughout the Fall, the Winter and the Spring. On Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, an angler may not harvest or possess any trout from October 1st to the second Saturday in June and may only fish with artificial lures having one single hook. Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are marked with black and white signs. The Delayed Harvest Season is an ideal time for new anglers to work on their skills. Freshly stocked fish are generally easier to catch, but, over time, they get wiser and harder to put in the net. It is a great way to build confidence!
Here is the current stocking schedule for October and November. However, stocking schedules can change. It is always a good idea to check the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Daily Trout Stocking Update.