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For up-to-date information on North Carolina licenses, regulations and other wildlife resources, please visit the agency’s website NCWildlife.org.
North Carolina has four programs that officially recognize anglers who have caught large fish. Two of these, the N.C. Freshwater Fishing State Record Program and the N.C. Angler Recognition Program, are administered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
NC Freshwater Fishing State Record Program
A list of the largest common freshwater game fish caught by anglers in North Carolina, as well as information on how to apply for a new state fish record.
NC Angler Recognition Program (NCARP)
Anglers who catch trophy-sized fish that do not qualify for a state record can have their fishing feats officially recognized through the N.C. Angler Recognition Program (NCARP). Minimum fish size requirements and details on how to apply are contained in this section.
NC Saltwater Fishing Records & Citation Program:
Both of these programs are operated by the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. There are brief explanations and NCDMF website links for each.