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By NCWRC blogger on 2/29/2012 10:14 AM
Since earlier this month, rumors have been flying over social media and various fishing-related blogs that a spotted bass caught from Lake Norman on Feb. 11 is destined to be the next new freshwater fishing state record.  However, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission want to set the record straight.

While it’s true that a fish looking like a spotted bass of state-record size was caught from Lake Norman, biologists suspect that the fish is actually a hybrid between a largemouth bass and spotted bass. They met with the angler and his fish on Feb. 12-13 and, after careful inspection of the fish, determined that most of the fish’s characteristics indicate a hybrid.  Being a hybrid, the fish would not qualify for a state record because the Commission does not recognize state records for hybrids, with the exception of hybrid striped bass, which are produced and stocked by the Commission. 

If you want to check out the state-record contender, visit Bass Pro Shops in Concord,...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/21/2012 10:45 AM
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...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/16/2012 11:33 AM
The next time you’re fishing Lake Thom-a-Lex, a 650-acre reservoir located in Davidson County, look for white buoys with orange stripes to increase your chances of reeling in a nice catch. That’s because those white buoys mark the spots where staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently dropped fish attractors — in an effort to enhance underwater habitat, attract fish and improve fishing opportunities.

Leading the effort was Keith Hendrickson, a fisheries technician with the Division of Inland Fisheries. He and other division staff placed 20 Mossback fish attractors throughout the lake on Feb. 1, dropping several near the fishing pier, which should help anglers fishing from the bank and the pier catch more fish. 

Unlike Christmas trees or other woody structure often used as fish attractors, Mossback fish attractors are made of plastic so they won’t decompose and, Hendrickson added, they should last for years.

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By NCWRC blogger on 12/21/2011 11:13 AM
See the Wildlife Commission’s Mobile Aquarium and talk to Division of Inland Fisheries staff at the upcoming Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo, Jan. 6-8, at the fairgrounds located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.

The Mobile Aquarium allows the Wildlife Commission to display live fish — trout in a “mountain stream” tank and bass, bluegill and longnose gar in a “coastal river” tank.  You can’t eat ‘em, but it’s a good chance to see live game fish and non-game fish up close and personal.  You can also get some face time with Wildlife Commission fisheries staff to chat up fishing or the latest fisheries management work being conducted on your favorite reservoirs and rivers. Tight...

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