New North Carolina River Herring Regulations

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently issued a statement reminding anglers that they cannot harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river herring,”greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries.

The regulation, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2013, applies to all river herring, regardless of origin, in inland fishing waters of the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers and their tributaries up to the first impoundment of the main course of the river, the Lumber River, including Drowning Creek, and all other inland fishing waters east of I-95.

To learn more about river herring and shad regulations, anglers can visit and check out the following resources:

– download the Commission’s “Coastal, Joint and Inland Fishing Waters Designation in North Carolina” booklet (PDF)

– download the Herring and Shad in North Carolina pamphlet(PDF)

– view an interactive fishing map to view designations for specific coastal waters.

source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission