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All about fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in North Carolina lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in North Carolina

NC Trout Fishing Waters

As you might imagine, trout fishing waters in NC are few and far between. Lakes in the state with a substantial population of trout include Fontana Lake, Lake Glenville, Lake Nantahala and Santeetlah Lake. Several rivers in the state have spotty trout fishing as do some small ponds and parks.

The North Carolina state record brook trout was taken from Raven Fork and the state record brown trout was caught in the Nantahala River. It is unknown where the state record rainbow trout was caught.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has a stocking program for fish across the state. Visit their website to gather details on trout stocking in North Carolina.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Fishing for trout in North Carolina

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NC State Record: 16 lbs 5 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NC State Record: 7 lbs 7 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NC State Record: 24 lbs 10 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate North Carolina waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

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