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Welcome to 2021-22 North Carolina Fishing
As part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to keep you informed, we reserve this page of the digest each year to identify significant regulatory, legislative and agency-related changes that you should be aware of each season. Please note that the information found on this page is not a complete list of regulation changes. For your convenience, all regulation changes appear throughout the digest in RED.
Following is a list of significant changes for the 2021–2022 season:
- Public Mountain Trout Waters: Reduced regulatory complexity by combining the two-existing Public Mountain Trout Waters catch-and-release classifications (Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters and Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters) into a single classification, Catch and Release/Artificial Flies and Lures Only Trout Waters.
- Possession of Certain Fishes: It is now unlawful to possess, transport, purchase, sell, or stock an additional sixteen species of exotic fish, crayfish, and aquatic snail in the public of private waters or North Carolina.