Rank (0) Views 7955 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 7:25 AM, 887 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — July 4 is your one chance a year to get hooked on fishing — for free! From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, from mountain trout waters to coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. 

Although no fishing license is required to fish on July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides free access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. A list of more than 500 fishing areas open to the public is on the Comm

Rank (0) Views 5411 On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 3:43 PM, 890 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (June 15, 2012) — For people who are interested in learning more about snakes native to North Carolina, space is available still for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop, which is being conducted on June 29 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County.


The free workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with classroom presentations on snake conservation, biology and habitats in the morning and a field excursion in the afternoon to search for snakes.

Among the species participants might find during the afternoon are Eastern kingsnakes, southeastern crowned snakes, black racers, redbelly water snakes, banded water snakes, corn snakes, and, with a little luck, the secretive and rarely encountered mud snake.

The workshop is open to anyone 16 years and older and is limited to 20 registrants. It qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental

Rank (0) Views 2908 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 4:11 PM, 892 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, on June 18 and 19 to begin repairs on the fishing pier. 

The fishing area will reopen at 7 a.m. on June 20; however, Commission personnel will close the area again sometime during the week of June 25 to finish repairs to the pier. The agency will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve & Protect blog and a follow up news release the exact days the pier will close and reopen that week. 

Over the past year, the Commission closed the public fishing area twice in order to repair the pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents. In an effort to prevent similar damage and associated repairs in the future, large pilings will be placed along either side of the pier to stabilize it during high-wind events.

“We know that the Bells

Rank (0) Views 2585 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 1:24 PM, 892 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close access to the public fishing area on Blewett Falls Reservoir in Anson County from 12:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21 for a special event.

Progress Energy is celebrating its 100th year of operating the Blewett Hydroelectric Plant. The company plans to erect tents, tables and chairs for the event so parking and fishing access will need to close until after the event.

Anglers who would like to fish nearby on June 21can visit the Commission’s Public Fishing Area at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan's Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman, N.C.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

Rank (0) Views 2651 On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 9:35 AM, 893 days ago

SWANNANOA, N.C. (June 12, 2012) — Anglers visiting Charles Owen Park who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment now can fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Department.

Charles Owen Park, located at 875 Warren Wilson Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers can register at Charles Owen Park to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 26 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-t

Rank (0) Views 2120 On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 10:28 AM, 894 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2012) Download the PDF below for the July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice. July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 6253 On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 10:30 AM, 899 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6) — Due to recent reports of alligator sightings, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents and visitors that feeding and harassing alligators is both illegal and dangerous.

Alligators are common in the coastal regions of southeast North Carolina, and, in most cases, it is not necessary to do anything if you see one. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission typically will not relocate alligators unless there is a threat to the animal or nearby humans.

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing — and sometimes feeding — alligators.

The American alligator is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, under North Carolina law, it is illegal to feed them in the wild. Feeding these animals can cause them to lose their fear of people, making them more likely to approach and possibly attack. 

For information on alligators and wildlife conservation i

Rank (0) Views 4001 On Tue, Jun 05, 2012 8:34 AM, 900 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will lead statewide efforts for Operation Dry Water, the fourth annual national campaign to prevent alcohol-related boating accidents.

Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies will be out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

In North Carolina, penalties for boating while impaired can include fines up to $1,000 and jail.

“But the greater peril is having an accident,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, operations supervisor with the Wildlife Commission and the state boating safety coordinator. “North Carolina ranks 7th nationally for fatal boating accidents and 9th for boating accidents and boating injuries.”

Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. In North Caroli

Rank (0) Views 2241 On Mon, Jun 04, 2012 12:33 PM, 901 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2012) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 2983 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 4:05 PM, 904 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The fishing platform at the Blewett Falls Reservoir  public fishing area will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on June 4 through 4 p.m. on June 8.

The platform will reopen at 4 p.m. that Friday for fishing over the weekend, but will be closed again from 7 a.m. on June 11 through 4 p.m. on June 15.

Progress Energy will be performing required maintenance on the dam during this closure.

While the platform is closed, anglers can fish from the bank below the parking area. Alternately, anglers can visit the Commission’s public fishing areas at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan’s Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

Rank (0) Views 5824 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 2:07 PM, 904 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available on its mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, a map outlining the joint and coastal water boundaries along the coast.

Data for the maps were produced using the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Geographic Information System Program. These maps were produced for illustrative purposes as a general guide, and anglers should be aware that the accuracy of GPS locators on mobile devices varies. The exact location of the boundary lines between all of the Inland, Joint and Coastal waters are defined by points of latitude and longitude in rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and are prominently marked by metal signs adjacent to the affected waters.

Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website, www.ncwildlife.org, will be redirected automatically to the mobile site, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx. The map is located under the “Map

VALDESE, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The children’s fishing event, Fun Fishing at the Falls at McGalliard Falls Park in Burke County, originally scheduled for June 2, has been rescheduled for June 9 at 9 a.m.

According to event coordinator Joey Lindsay of the Valdese Recreation Department, the fishing event was postponed because of recent storms, which have the creeks overflowing the bank.

The Fun Fishing at the Falls fishing event is one of 35 that get under way tomorrow to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection.

 Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win 152 fishing-related prizes

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