Delayed-harvest trout waters open Oct. 1

  • Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:30 a.m.

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 29 trout waters in 16 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.
Under delayed-harvest regulations,no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2012,and one half-hour after sunset on May 31, 2013. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.
The commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers' chances of catching fish. Delayed-harvest trout waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who enjoy catch-and-release trout fishing.
Four new waters were classified as delayed harvest:
Alleghany County - Little River (from Whitehead to 275 yards downstream of the intersection of S.R. 1128 and S.R. 1129) in Alleghany County.Ashe County - Big Horse Creek (from S.R. 1324 to North Fork River).McDowell County - Catawba River (portion adjacent to Marion Greenway).Wilkes County - upper Elk Creek (from Watauga County line to lower boundary of Blue Ridge Mountain Club.
A complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, along with stocking dates, is available at For additional information on delayed-harvest regulations, weekly stocking updates and trout fishing maps, visit the Commission's fishing page.

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