Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. (June 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with the Town of Beech Mountain to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on Coffey Lake.
Commission staff worked alongside Beech Mountain staff to install the floating, T-shaped pier, which features an 8-foot-wide, ADA-compliant walkway as well as three benches and alternating high-low handrails to accommodate children and wheelchair-bound anglers. The pier extends 59 feet into the lake and spans 48 feet across the top of the T.
A wooden boardwalk that extends from the paved walking trail adjacent to Coffey Lake to the pier also is universally accessible.
To help celebrate the opening of the pier, Coffey Lake is planning a kids’ fishing event for kids 12 and under on June 23 beginning at 9:00 a.m. No fee and no registration are required.
Unlike many other cooperatively managed sites, Coffey Lake will not receive monthly stockings of channel catfish. Instead, Commission personnel will stock the lake with catchable-sized trout because the lake is classified as a Delayed-Harvest trout water and is part of the Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters program.
The 2-acre lake is one of only two lakes in North Carolina that is classified as a Delayed-Harvest trout water. As a Delayed-Harvest trout water, Coffey Lake is stocked from fall through spring with high densities of brook, brown and rainbow trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching trout. During this time anglers must release all trout while using only single-hook artificial lures. Once summer arrives, anglers have the opportunity to harvest trout starting the first Saturday in June.
Coffey Lake will be open under Hatchery-Supported regulations until Sept. 30 and, during that time, anglers can keep a maximum of seven trout per day with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.
In addition to Coffey Lake, the following trout fishing opportunities are available in Beech Mountain:
- - Buckeye Creek below Buckeye Lake, a Hatchery-Supported trout water ;
- - Buckeye Lake, a Hatchery-Supported trout water; and,
- - Pond Creek, which is a Catch and Release/Artificial Lure Only trout water with a wild brook trout population.
For more information about Coffey Lake or the June 23 kids’ fishing event, visit the Town of Beech Mountain or call 828-387-3003.
For more information on the Wildlife Resources Commission, visit the fishing page or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.