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Pending Dam Repairs Keep Trout Lake Closed to Fishing

  • 16 February 2010
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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2010) – Trout Lake in Ashe County remains closed to fishing due to required repairs to the lake’s dam and water-control structure.

The popular angling site, which is owned by the Ashe County Wildlife Club and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission under Delayed Harvest trout regulations, has been closed since February 2009.

Repairs to the dam and the water-control structure could not be performed until the necessary permits were received. These permits were granted in December 2009, but the lake’s surface has been frozen since then, and repair work can not begin until the lake thaws. 

“As soon as the repairs are completed, we will resume the trout stocking program and notify the public that the lake is once again open for fishing,” said Kin Hodges, a fisheries biologist with the Commission.

In the meantime, anglers interested in fishing Delayed Harvest waters can visit the following streams, all of which are within an hour’s drive of Trout Lake:

  • Helton Creek in Ashe County
  • East Prong Roaring River and Reddies River in Wilkes County
  • Mitchell River in Surry County
  • Watauga River in Watauga County

For more information on Delayed Harvest regulations, weekly stocking updates or fishing regulations in effect on specific streams, click here.  


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