Hatchery-supported trout waters closed to fishing March 1-April 6
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset Thursday, Feb. 28, and reopen them at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 6.
Hatchery-supported trout waters in Mitchell County are Big Rock Creek (headwaters to NC 226 bridge at SR 1307 intersection); Little Rock Creek (Green Creek Bridge to Big Rock Creek); Cane Creek (SR1219 to NC 226 bridge); Grassy Creek (East Fork Grassy Creek to mouth); East Fork Grassy Creek; and the North Toe River (Avery County line to SR 1121 bridge).
While fishing is closed, commission personnel will stock all hatchery-supported trout waters in preparation for opening day. Staff stocks hatchery-supported trout waters, which are marked by green and white signs, at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year.
This year, commission personnel will stock approximately 930,000 trout – 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.
While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction. Hatchery-supported trout waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after sunset on the last day of February the following year.
Visit the Commission’s trout fishing page or call the Inland Fisheries Division at 919-707-0220 for more information about trout fishing in North Carolina.