MARION, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed trout stockings in East Prong Roaring River and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain State Park and Little River near Sparta until Oct. 14 due to an ongoing research project being conducted on these waters.
The original stockings had been scheduled for the first week of October as part of the Commission’s Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters Program.
The Commission is collaborating with N.C. State University to research stocked trout in these and other delayed-harvest trout waters to improve trout-stocking practices and trout stream management for the benefit of anglers. This is a continuation of research efforts that began on North Toe River and Cane Creek in Mitchell County last October.
“By delaying the trout stocking, we are allowing N.C. State University researchers to finish installation of some trout-monitoring equipment that could not be installed earlier due to unforeseen technical difficulties,” said Doug Besler, mountain region fisheries supervisor. “We recognize the temporary inconvenience,but stockings will resume Oct. 14, when these waters will receive their full allotment of fish for the month.”
Although these streams will not be stocked until Oct. 14, anglers can visit other delayed-harvest trout waters in adjacent counties. These include: Elk Creek and Reddies River,Wilkes County; Ararat and Mitchell rivers, Surry County; Helton and Big Horse creeks, Trout Lake, and South Fork New River adjacent to Todd Island Park, Ashe County.
For a list of other Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, as well as more information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page.