Author: NCWRC blogger/Tuesday, November 2, 2021/Categories: Blog, Conservation, Fishing
NCWRC Staff Blog Post by Madeline David, Angler Engagement Coordinator
Tropical Depression Fred hit western North Carolina hard this past August. As reported in an agency press release on Aug. 24, flash flooding caused severe damage at the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery and Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. About 1 million trout were lost and our staff were left with a huge challenge to ensure Delayed Harvest stockings would run as scheduled starting Oct. 1.
The good news is that our staff were able to work with various partners across the country to source fish and fish eggs, and for now, the Fall/Winter 2021 into early Spring 2022 Delayed Harvest and Spring/Summer 2022 Hatchery Supported trout waters will be stocked as scheduled. While the situation is still precarious and could change if another serious event occurs, this is great news for anglers across the state.
Unfortunately, not enough trout are available for the 2021 winter small impoundment trout stockings. This popular trout stocking program occurs annually in the Fall/Winter at numerous small impoundments throughout central and western North Carolina, including in urban areas.The program may resume in December 2022, pending fish availability.
However, we’ve compiled a great list of alternative fishing opportunities in your area to take advantage of this winter in place of the surplus trout stockings:
For real time updates of any possible changes, check out www.ncwildilfe.org/troutupdate on a regular basis.
Photos by NCWRC: Anglers enjoying an afternoon on the water at Harris Lake in New Hill.
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