Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 6 at 7 a.m.
4/5/2013 11:05 AM
Come Saturday night lots of anglers in western North Carolina will be dining on trout. That’s because Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters open at 7 a.m. this Saturday, and anglers fishing on waters classified as hatchery supported can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day with no size limits or bait restrictions. The season will run until Feb. 28, 2014.
When you’re harvesting fish, be sure you’re fishing on hatchery-supported waters — they’re marked with green and white signs. If you’re not sure where the nearest hatchery-supported trout water is, visit our trout fishing page to view our N.C. Interactive Fishing Access Map or download a trout fishing map for each county in western North Carolina.
This year, Commission staff will stock nearly 894,000 catchable-sized trout into about 1,100 miles of Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters from March until April, depending on the individual stream.
With so many miles of streams to fish, we asked a few of our fisheries biologists to recommend some waters with good fishing opportunities in their respective areas. Their picks are below:
- Little River (275 yards downstream of the intersection of S.R. 1128 and S.R. 1129 [marked by a sign on each bank] to McCann Dam)
- Brush Creek (except where posted against trespassing)
- Big Horse Creek (Mud Creek at S.R. 1363 to S.R. 1324 bridge)
- Three Top Creek (except game land portion)
- North Toe River (upper - Watauga Street to Roby Shoemaker Wetlands and Family Recreational Park, except where posted against trespassing; and lower - S.R. 1164 to Mitchell County line, except where posted against trespassing)
- Swannanoa River (S.R. 2702 bridge near Ridgecrest to Wood Ave. bridge [intersection of N.C. 81 and US. 74A in Asheville], except where posted against trespassing.
- Linville River (upstream of S.R. 1223 bridge to Muddy Creek)
- Wilson Creek (Phillips Branch to Brown Mountain Beach Dam, except where posted against trespassing)
- Buck Creek (game land portion downstream of U.S. 64 bridge)
- Jonathan Creek (upstream of S.R. 1302 bridge to Pigeon River, except where posted against trespassing)
- Tuckasegee River (upper – confluence with West Fork Tuckasegee River to downstream N.C. 107 bridge; and lower – falls located 275 yards upstream of U.S. 23-441 bridge [marked by a sign on each bank] to S.R. 1534 bridge at Wilmot
- North Fork Catawba River (headwaters to North Cove School at S.R. 1569 bridge)
- Dan River (Virginia state line downstream to a point 200 yards below the end of S.R. 1421)
- Ararat River (S.R. 1727 bridge downstream to the N.C. 103 bridge)
- Fisher River (Cooper Creek) (Virginia state line to Interstate 77 bridge)
- Davidson River (Avery Creek to lower U.S. Forest Service boundary line)
- Middle Fork New River (Lake Chetola dam to South Fork New River)
- East Prong Roaring River (lower state park boundary to Brewer’s Mill on S.R. 1943)
- South Toe River (Clear Creek to lower boundary line of Yancey County recreation park, except where posted against trespassing)
Speaking of trespassing, please remember that many miles of hatchery-supported waters flow on private lands, so please respect private property and landowners at all times. To help ensure these private streams remain open to public fishing, anglers can:
- Remove all trash and litter from fishing and parking areas;
- Park only in designated areas and leaving driveways open for pass-through traffic;
- Close and/or lock gates after use;
- Report wildlife violations by calling 1-800-662-7137.
In addition to hatchery-supported trout waters, the Commission manages other public mountain trout waters under six classifications: delayed harvest, catch and release/artificial lures only;catch and release/artificial flies only; wild trout; wild trout/natural bait;and special regulation. For more information on public mountain trout waters,including trout water classifications and regulations, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page.
For locations of all public fishing waters in North Carolina, check out the N.C. Interactive Fishing Access Map.