Inland fishing waters are all inland waters except private ponds; and all waters connecting with or tributary to coastal sounds or the ocean extending inland from the dividing line between coastal fishing waters and inland fishing waters agreed upon by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission.  All waters which are tributary to inland fishing waters and which are not otherwise designated by agreement between the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission are inland fishing waters.  The regulation and licensing of fishing in inland fishing waters is under the jurisdiction of the Wildlife Resources Commission.  Regulations and laws administered by the Wildlife Resources Commission regarding fishing in inland fishing waters are enforced by wildlife enforcement officers.

Note:  A private pond is a body of water arising within and lying wholly upon the lands of a single owner or a single group of joint owners or tenants in common, and from which fish cannot escape, and into which fish of legal size cannot enter from public waters at any time.  This does not include any impoundment located on land owned by a public body or governmental entity.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑129; 113‑132;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1977.