Man holding rainbow trout just above pond water

Winter Trout Stocking at Simpkins Pond

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is expanding seasonal angling opportunities by stocking surplus trout in select bodies of water this month. Starting Thursday, Dec. 17, there will be a mix of Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout released into Simpkins Pond located in Lake Wheeler Park. There will be approximately 2,200 total specimens released. 

The following regulations apply:

  • Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
  • No minimum length limit and no bait restrictions
  • Trout may be harvested year-round
  • Lake Wheeler Park daily or annual Fishing Permit required
  • North Carolina State fishing license required (Trout Stamp will not be required)

For further information regarding the trout release, please contact the Lake Wheeler Park office at 919-662-5704.



Lake Wheeler Park

Lake Wheeler Park