• The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission implemented Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations Tuesday, Oct. 1, on 36 trout waters in 20 western North Carolina counties, including Cane Creek and the North Toe River in Mitchell County. (Photo submitted)
    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission implemented Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations Tuesday, Oct. 1, on 36 trout waters in 20 western North Carolina counties, including Cane Creek and the North Toe River in Mitchell County. (Photo submitted)

Delayed Harvest trout waters now open

RALEIGH – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission implemented Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations Tuesday, Oct. 1, on 36 trout waters in 20 western North Carolina counties, including Cane Creek and the North Toe River in Mitchell County.

Under Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after sunset on June 5, 2020. No natural bait may be possessed, and anglers can fish only with artificial lures with one single hook. 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 Wildlife 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.

The Commission reminds anglers fishing Delayed Harvest Trout Waters to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, such as whirling disease, gill lice and didymo, by cleaning equipment of all aquatic plants and animals and mud; draining water from boat, live wells and equipment; drying equipment thoroughly; and never moving fish, plants or other organisms from one body of water to another.

Visit the Commission’s trout fishing page for a complete list of Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, stocking dates, information about regulations and trout fishing maps.

The MItchell News

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