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Originally published: 2013-10-14 13:55:46
Last modified: 2013-10-14 13:56:31

Delayed-harvest fishing regulations implemented

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented delayed-harvest regulations on 33 trout waters in 18 Western North Carolina counties.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2013, and one half-hour after sunset on June 6, 2014. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. 

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 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 Wildlife Commission classified three new waters in the delayed-harvest program this year: Ashe County --  South Fork New River (Todd Island Park); Clay County -- Fires Creek (USFS Road 340A to the foot bridge in the USFS Fires Creek picnic area); and Graham County -- (Big) Snow Bird Creek (USFS foot bridge at the old railroad junction to USFS Road 2579.

 For a complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, stocking dates, information on delayed-harvest regulations and trout fishing maps, visit the commission's trout fishing page