New River - Regulations

Black Bass

(Smallmouth, Largemouth and Spotted)

  • 5 per day in aggregate
  • No Bass 14 to 20 inches, only 1 per day longer than 20 inches


  • 5 per day
  • No Walleye less than 20 inches (Claytor Lake & New River upstream of Claytor Dam)
  • No length limits below Claytor Dam


  • 1 per day
  • no Musky less than 42 inches (includes Claytor Lake)

Other Species

North Carolina fishing licenses or permits are honored on the mainstream portion of the river from the confluence of the North and South Forks of the New River in North Carolina (Alleghany County), downstream to the confluence of the New and Little Rivers in Virginia (Grayson County).