N.C. Wildlife will stock 67,000 lakes and ponds with trout this winter
ASHEVILLE – Are you looking to head out on a fall hunting trip in the mountains? Looks like you might be in luck.
In the coming weeks, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will stock more than 67,000 trout from the Poppy Inn State Fish Hatchery. Setzer and Armstrong’s 44 lakes and small ponds located throughout the mountains and piedmont of North Carolina.
Beginning November 29, NCWRC staff will slowly stock trout, brown and rainbow trout at each of the sites, providing seasonal fishing opportunities for the public. All stocked fish will be 10 inches or larger.
Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day. There are no restrictions on taste and no minimum size.
Requirements include a hunting license that can be purchased online from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website at https://license.gooutdoorsnorthcarolina.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx. A fishing license can also be purchased by calling 833-950-0575.
During the recent severe drought, NCWRC staff took measures to reduce the effects of drought on trout production.
“Our staff has been able to minimize impacts at the hatchery by constantly monitoring conditions and making adjustments as needed to reduce stress on fish during periods of low flow,” Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Anna Gurney said.
In addition, each of the selected sites was deemed suitable for trout by National Water Research Center staff.
“The sites were recently inspected before they were added to the list to ensure the habitat was suitable,” Gurney said.
Stocking trout for the winter in Buncombe?
With five locations and both the upper and lower half of Charles D. OWEN RECEIVES TROUT Buncombe County will have more options for trout fishing than almost any other county.
While the winter stocking schedule is subject to change, here’s when and where you can expect to catch trout in Buncombe:
- November 30Lake, Louise
- November 30: Lake Powhatan
- December 1:Azalea pond
- December 4th:Charles D. Owen Park
- December 13: Lake Tomahawk
Before going hunting, the NCWRC recommends checking for any stocking schedule updates. Fishing will be permitted in these ponds and lakes, which are hatchery-supported trout waters, until the season ends on February 29.
Late harvest streams are still available
Fishing continued along late harvest streams, providing easier fishing for newcomers and skilled anglers alike.
While Buncombe does not have late harvest streams, neighboring Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell and Yancey counties all include options for fishing late harvest streams. The season ends on May 31.
Here are some options if you want to take a quick trip out of the province:
- Big Laurel Creek
- Shelton Laurel Creek
- Spring Creek
- Curtiss Creek
- Mill creek
- Catawba River
For updates on late harvest stocking information, visit ncwildlife.org/Fishing/Hatcheries-Stocking.
Preventing aquatic diseases among trout
Additionally, the agency reminds anglers to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, such as whirlpool disease, gill lice, and lice, by:
- Equipment for cleaning all aquatic plants, animals and mud.
- Drain water from boats, live wells and equipment.
- Dry the equipment well.
- Never move fish, plants or other organisms from one body of water to another.
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Future fishing seasons to see more trout?
In 2022, trout fishing alone brought $1.38 billion to North Carolina’s economy, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Many of the trout are raised at the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery – the largest trout hatchery in the state.
In September, the Forest Service, in partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, announced a search seeking feedback on renovations to the Bobby Setzer hatchery in Transylvania. The hatchery suffered significant damage after Tropical Storm Fred in 2021.
Anna Gurney, a spokeswoman for the Wildlife Commission, said in an email to the Citizen-Times in September that the hatchery expansion would likely lead to increased trout production, while reducing “stress on the fish,” improving health, growth and survival. .
As for future fishing seasons, Gurney says it shouldn’t affect any fishing season, as the Wildlife Commission aims to find fish to make up for any losses.
“The hatchery will be closed to rebuild the hatchery building and raceways, and trout production will be reduced. We are currently working on options to acquire trout to help fill the gap. No changes to fishing seasons are expected, and the authority is making efforts to minimize the impact on anglers,” Gurney said. “.
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Will Hoffman is the growth and development correspondent for the Asheville Citizen-Times, part of the USA Today network. Got a tip? Email him at WHofmann@citizentimes.com.