on Aug 22, 2013 03:10 PM • Views 5584

Universally accessible pier at Broughton Pond

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers in Burke County with the recent completion of  three piers at the Broughton Pond Public Fishing Area.

The fishing area, which is located on the South Mountain Game Land, comprises two ponds. Commission staff constructed two piers on the first pond — a floating, universally accessible pier, which is 59 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-shaped section at the end,and a 12-by-16 fixed pier. The universally accessible pier has benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves that can accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs.

On the smaller pond, which is located approximately 50 yards from the larger pond, Commission staff built another 12-by-16 fixed pier.

Anglers fishing in the ponds can expect to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.  Commission staff stocks both ponds with about 700 harvestable-sized catfish every month from May through October. 

 “The Commission develops free, public fishing areas around the state to increase fishing opportunities,” said Chris Wood, a Commission fisheries biologist. “At many of our PFAs, we’ve cleared banks of underbrush, built universally accessible fishing piers, created gravel or paved parking lots and installed fish attractors. At a few sites, like Broughton pond,we stock catchable-sized channel catfish too.”

In addition to the fishing piers,Commission staff reconstructed the parking area, making it larger with two handicapped-accessible spaces large enough to accommodate vans. The Commission also constructed an accessible path to the main pier, and installed a kiosk that provides information on fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits, as well as information about the ponds’ fisheries.

The Commission funded the construction of the piers and associated improvements through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund Program, which utilizes state fishing license money and funds generated from taxes on fishing tackle and other fishing-related expenditures.

Commission staff also built piers at two other public fishing areas — Wildcat Lake in Avery County and Dallas Park’s large pond in Gaston County.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit the fishing page. For a list of all boating access areas open to the public in North Carolina, visit the boating page.

Download a high-resolution version of the photo above. Please credit Chris Wood.