Public fishing pier opens on Yadkin River in Wilkes
by Staff Reports
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with
the Yadkin River Greenway Council and Wilkes County to construct a universally
accessible pier on the Yadkin River in North Wilkesboro.
The fixed pier, which is built on pilings, is
approximately eight feet above normal water level and measures 12 feet, 5
inches wide by 16 feet long, with an 8-foot-wide, 20-foot-long accessible
boardwalk that connects it to the greenway path.
The pier has one low handrail in the front, center section
of the pier to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast.
It is located adjacent to the footbridge spanning the
Yadkin River that connects the Yadkin River Greenway in North Wilkesboro to
Wilkesboro on the south side of the river.
A two-car parking area designated for use by handicapped
anglers only is adjacent to the greenway on the North Wilkesboro side of the
river a short distance upstream of the pier.
Other anglers can park at the greenway trailheads located
above and below the pier on the North Wilkesboro side of the river and walk to
the pier. They also can park at the trailhead on the south side of the river in
Wilkesboro and walk across the footbridge to the pier, which is the shortest
This section of the Yadkin River offers fishing for
largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass, catfish, sunfish, suckers and the
occasional chain pickerel, according to Kin Hodges, a fisheries biologist with
Because the pier is located just upstream of the mouth of
the Reddies River, which is a Delayed Harvest Trout Water, anglers fishing from
the pier may catch trout moving upstream in the Yadkin River from the Reddies
The commission has an interactive fishing map on its website with information on more than 500 public fishing areas across the state, many of which are owned or managed by the agency.
For more information, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/fishing, or call (919) 707-0220.