Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Close Wednesday
2/28/2012 9:57 AM
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 29 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 7.
The Commission closes hatchery-supported waters so that personnel can have all the streams stocked for “opening day.” This year, Commission personnel will stock nearly 878,000 trout, with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other four percent exceeding 14 inches in length.
Most hatchery-supported waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked repeatedly from March until August every year with catchable-size trout that average 10 inches in length. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently.
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.