Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is clarifying that the section of Linville River below the Lake James powerhouse from the upstream bridge on S.R. 1223 to Muddy Creek is the only section that will not be stocked this year. This area is known locally as “powerhouse” or “Bridgewater.”
The sections of the Linville River in Avery County and the Blue Ridge Parkway will receive stockings this season as planned.
The hatchery-supported section of the river is not being stocked because of continuing work by Duke Energy to repair the dams on Lake James, which has resulted in water levels too low to sustain stockings. Commission biologists will resume stocking the hatchery-supported section starting March 2012. Until then, anglers can visit other hatchery-supported trout waters nearby. These include Henry River in Burke County, Wilson Creek and Yadkin River in Happy Valley in Caldwell County, Rocky Broad River in Rutherford County, and Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk, in Avery County.
Anglers who want to fish other hatchery-supported waters in all 26 western North Carolina counties can download and print color-coded trout maps from the Commission’s website. The North Carolina Trout Fishing Maps book can be purchased from the N.C. Wild Store for $12.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.