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Delayed-Harvest Stocking Dates for 2012 Now Available

Feb 21

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2/21/2012 10:45 AM  RssIcon

The 2012 stocking dates for the delayed-harvest season are now on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website as a downloadable PDF.

Delayed-harvest trout waters are stocked annually each March, April and May and again in October and November. This year, the Commission expects to stock more than 311,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout. Of the fish stocked, four percent will be more than 14 inches in length to provide an opportunity to catch larger fish, while the majority will be 10 inches or larger.


When anglers are fishing delayed-harvest waters, they cannot harvest or possess any fish from Oct. 1 until one-half hour after sunset on the first Friday in June.  They can only fish with single-hook, artificial lures . No natural bait is allowed. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.


Commission staff stocks delayed-harvest waters to provide high-quality fishing opportunities where anglers can fish densely stocked trout streams on a catch-and-release basis fall through spring. Currently, the Commission has 26 waters in 15 western counties that are classified as delayed harvest. They are:

Ashe County

Trout Lake

Helton Creek (Virginia state line to New River)

Burke County

Jacob Fork (Shinny Creek to lower South Mountains State Park boundary)

Caldwell County

Wilson Creek (game land portion below Lost Cove Creek to Phillips Branch)

Haywood County

West Fork Pigeon River (Queen Creek to the first game land boundary upstream of Lake Logan)

Henderson County

North Fork Mills River (game land portion below the Hendersonville watershed dam)

Jackson County

Tuckasegee River (downstream N.C. 107 bridge to the falls located 275 yards upstream of the U.S. 23-441 bridge [marked by a sign on each bank])

Macon County

Nantahala River (Whiteoak Creek to Nantahala hydropower discharge canal)

Madison County

Big Laurel Creek (N.C. 208 bridge to the U.S. 25-70 bridge)

Shelton Laurel Creek (N.C. 208 bridge at Belva to the confluence with Big Laurel Creek)

Spring Creek (N.C. 209 bridge at Hot Springs city limits to iron bridge at end of Andrews Avenue)


Find out where to go fishing by downloading a trout fishing map for each county. These maps  give anglers a guide to fishing regulations in effect on specific streams. They also provide locations of all waters open to public trout fishing.

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Re: Delayed-Harvest Stocking Dates for 2012 Now Available

Can you please email me dates when the rivers being stocked in yancey copunty.

By Nate Austin on   5/27/2012 7:12 PM

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