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MOUNTAIN TROUT MAP

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2019 DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING DATES COUNTY

Brook, brown and rainbow trout require cold, clean water and are therefore generally restricted to mountain streams and lakes. Those mountain waters that support trout and are open to public fishing are desig­ nated as “Public Mountain Trout Waters” by the Wildlife Resources Commission and are man­aged for public trout fishing. A significant amount of trout fishing oppor­ tunities in western North Carolina are locat­ ed on private property. These landowners have generously allowed for public access for fish­ing. Please respect their prop­erty. Your cooperation is needed to protect fishing opportunities for future genera­ tions. The Com­­mis­sion conspicuously marks Public Mountain Trout Waters with regulation signs that indicate locations for public access. When anglers encounter “posted against trespass” signs along these designated sections on pri­vate lands, they should respect the property owner’s rights and choose another location along that stream to fish. Maps of trout waters and their classifi­ca­­tions may be viewed at ncwildlife.org/trout.

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

OCTOBER

Alleghany

Little River

LOCATION

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4

6

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NOVEMBER

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Ashe

Helton Creek Trout Lake Big Horse Creek South Fork New River

1 1 6 6

1 1 4 4

1 1 6 6

1 1 4 4

1 1 6 6

Burke

Jacob Fork

5

3

3

3

5

Caldwell

Wilson Creek

4

2

2

2

4

Clay

Fires Creek

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8

7

9

19

Graham

Big Snowbird

7

8

7

8

14

Haywood

West Fork Pigeon River

6

1

6

8

15

Henderson

North Fork Mills River

4

1

3

1

14

Jackson

Tuckasegee River

Macon

Nantahala

Madison

Big Laurel Creek Shelton Laurel Creek Spring Creek

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!

5 2 2, 3 CLEAN AND2 DRY ANYTHING THAT 5, 7 7 4 6 7 18 COMES INTO CONTACT WITH1WATER 1 1 1 1

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1 1 1 1 Invasive aquatic plants, such as hydrilla and 1 4 1 7 giant salvinia; exotic mussels, such as zebra Curtis Creek 5 3 3 3 and and3 even algae, Mill Creek 5 quagga mussels; 3 3 like Catawba River 3 3 and boating 3 didymo or rock snot, 5can hitch a ride on fishing gear. Cane CreekOnce established, they5 cause extensive 3 3 3 damage to aquatic systems.

McDowell

North Toe River

4

2

Polk

the spread of Green RiverWe need your help to prevent 4 4

Surry

Ararat River Mitchell River

5 1

Swain

Tuckasegee River

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Transylvania Watauga

Wilkes

Yancey

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2

3 1

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When you leave a body of water:

nuisance species . 7 2

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• Remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting equipment. East Fork French Broad River 4 3 12 • Eliminate water from equipment before3transporting.6 Little River 1 5 1 1 4 • Clean and dry anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, Watauga River 1 1 1 1 1 Coffee Lake equipment, clothing, dogs, 1 etc.). 1 1 1 1 NeverRiver release plants, fish East Prong •Roaring 1 or animals into 1 a body of water 1 unless they 1 came out 1 of that Stone Mountain Creekbody of water. 1 1 1 1 1 Reddies River 4 2 2 2 4 recommendations for that 4 Elk Creek For more information, including 4 2 2 cleaning anything 2 Cane River

comes into contact 7 with water, visit: 5 ProtectYourWaters.net 7 7

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Dates listed are subject to change due to unexpected events, such as snow. Changes will be announced through press releases, Twitter, Facebook and on ncwildlife.org.

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The Mend - March, 2019  

The monthly newsletter of the North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited.

The Mend - March, 2019  

The monthly newsletter of the North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited.