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Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 7 at 7 a.m.

Apr 3

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4/3/2012 8:23 AM  RssIcon

 “Dinner’s on the table, Hon.”

Those words will soon be coming from the lips of many a trout angler come this Saturday. That’s the day when hatchery-supported trout waters open to harvest. At precisely 7 a.m. on April 7, anglers fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day with no size limits or bait restrictions. The season will run until March 1, 2013.

Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries keeps busy stocking about 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters on a monthly basis from March until August, depending on the individual stream, so that anglers like you can have a quality fishing experience AND enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Just be sure that when you’re harvesting fish that 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, download a trout fishing map for each county in western North Carolina.

This year, the Wildlife Commission will stock about 877,000 trout, with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches. That’s a whole lot of fish just waiting to bite your fly.

You can access weekly stocking information here. Updates are posted on Fridays after fish are stocked. The updates stay online for seven days. 

And don’t forget that many miles of hatchery-supported waters flow on private lands so it’s important to respect the property you’re fishing on. That means:

- Respecting private property and landowners at all times;
- Removing all trash and litter from fishing and parking areas;
- Parking only in designated areas and leaving driveways open for pass-through traffic;
- Closing and/or locking gates after use;

- Reporting wildlife violations by calling 1-800-662-7137.



Photo of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters section of Swannanoa River, Buncombe County, courtesy of Jacob Rash, Coldwater Research Coordinator.

2 comment(s) so far...

Re: Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 7 at 7 a.m.

What is the average weight of stocked trout at time of release?

By O. P. Holder on   9/27/2012 11:51 AM

Re: Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 7 at 7 a.m.

Based on our request, 96% of the trout we stock should average 0.4 pounds each (~2.5 trout/pound = 10”) and 4% should average a minimum of 1 pound each (~1 trout/pound = 14”). It should be noted that these are our target average and that we subsample an entire raceway of trout to determine average number/pound.

We have been a little below our target the last two years, primarily due to egg production, drought, and high water temperatures (you cannot feed trout when there is little water or too hot). Typically, the smaller fish would have been seen in the mid to late stocking season. We should be on track for a “normal” production year for 2013.

By NCWRC blogger on   9/27/2012 1:06 PM

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