Approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties will open at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1 of next year.
When fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.
Hatchery-supported trout waters are marked by green-and-white signs and are stocked from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream.
Regionwide, nearly 877,000 trout — with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches — will be put into the stream waters.
For a detailed list of all hatchery-supported trout waters and regulation information, as well as trout maps and weekly stocking summaries on hatchery-supported trout waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.