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Nantahala River Species
Nantahala Lake Species
Bluegill
Walleye
No size limits, limit of 8 per person per day
Largemouth Bass
Limit of 5 per person(total of bass, including smallmouth), 14-inch minimum size limit, except 2 may be less than 14 inches
Smallmouth Bass
Limit of 5 per person(total of bass, including largemouth), 14-inch minimum size limit, except 2 may be less than 14 inches
Kokanee Salmon
No size limits, limit of 7 fish per person per day
Crappie
8-inch minimum size limit, limit of 20 per person per day
Nantahala National Forest Wildlife Species
BobCat Season : 
   Oct. 14 - Feb. 29
Coyote Season:
   No closed season!!
Deer Seasons:
  Archery: Sept. 7 - Sept. 29
                 Oct. 13 - Nov. 24
                 Dec 15- Jan 1(antler only)
  Muzzleloader: Sept 30. - Oct. 12
  Gun:  Nov. 25 - Dec. 14
Squirrel Season:
  Red & Gray:Oct.  14-Feb.  29
  Fox squirrel: Oct 14 - Jan 31
Wild Hog Season:
   No closed season
Fox Season:
   With Dogs : year round
   With legal weapons: 
                           Jan. 4 -25
Bear Season:
  Oct. 14 - Nov. 23
  Dec. 16 - Jan. 1
Rabbit Season:
  Oct 14 - Feb. 29
Raccoon Season:
  Oct. 14(sunrise) - Feb. 29
Turkey Season:
   Youth Week:  April 4-10
    Male or Bearded Only:
                April 11 - May 9
(Mouse over each species to see the open season dates)
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters:
Aug. 1, 2019 - Feb. 29, 2020
Limit of 7 trout per person per day, no bait or size restrictions
March 1, 2017 - April 3, 2017
No fishing allowed

​Delayed Harvest Trout Waters:
Oct. 1, 2019 - June 5, 2020
No trout may be possessed, artificial lures single hook only(Natural bait may not be possessed)
No fishing allowed from 1/2 hour after sunset on Jun 5, 2020 to 6am on June 6, 2020
6am til noon on June 6, 2020 is fishing for Youth under 18yo only 
Aug. 1, 2019 - Sept. 30, 2019 & June 6, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Limit of 7 trout per person per day, no bait or size restrictions
BRYANT BAIT & TACKLE
(Mouse over each species to see regulations)