on Jan 21, 2014 04:53 PM • Views 3668
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

MARION, N.C. (Jan. 21 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will not stock a section of the North Mills River in Henderson County this spring due to the U.S. Forest Service temporarily closing public access.

The section of the river that will not be stocked in March, April and May is classified as a Delayed Harvest Trout Water and includes the upper 2.7 miles of the North Mills River between the lowest ford and the Henderson watershed dam. The Commission will continue its spring stockings as planned within delayed-harvest section unaffected by the closure. Normal stockings in the 2.7-mile section will resume after the U.S. Forest Service restores public access to the river.  

The Commission will notify anglers when the area reopens.

The Forest Service is closing an area in the Pisgah National Forest to all public access to protect forest visitors during an upcoming timber harvest. Forest Service officials expect the closure to last approximately six months.

“While this temporary closure will limit our anglers’ access to a portion of the North Mills River, we recognize that forest management is an important component of the mission for the U.S. Forest Service,” said Doug Besler, mountain region fisheries supervisor. “In the interim, anglers still can fish the lower section of North Mills River, as well as the nearby Little River in Transylvania County.”

For a complete list of Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, trout fishing maps, and additional information about trout angling opportunities, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page.