From 6 a.m. to noon on opening day, Delayed Harvest waters will be open only to anglers 17 and younger, with all anglers able to access them starting at noon. During this season, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day with no gear, bait or minimum size limits. Delayed Harvest waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs.
All anglers should maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others and refrain from gatherings of more than 10 people. They should also take steps to minimize the spread of aquatic nuisance species by cleaning, draining and drying all equipment. Due to COVID-19, some Public Mountain Trout Waters did not receive normal stockings this spring, and some waters have been closed by local cooperators. The full stocking schedule has been temporarily removed from the website, but weekly stocking updates will be posted.
For more information, visit www.ncwildlife.org.