Three new waters were added to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission’s delayed-harvest program, including one right here in Ashe County.
The South Fork of the New River at Todd Island Park, Fires Creek in Clay County and Big Snow Bird Creek in Graham County were waters placed under delayed-harvest regulations.
According to the N.C. Wildlife Commission, these regulations state that “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.”
These fishing areas are usually stocked from fall through spring with large quantities of trout for those that enjoy catch-and-release fishing.
According to the commission, the South Fork of the New River now joins Big Horse Creek, Trout Lake and Helton Creek as the four delayed-harvest waters in Ashe County. Helton Creek and Trout Lake are scheduled to be stocked on Oct. 1 and Nov. 1, Big Horse Creek will be stocked Oct. 3 and Nov. 5 and the South Fork of the New River will be stocked On Oct. 4 and Nov. 6
Elsewhere, three other delayed-harvest waters in the area will have their trout stocking pushed back two weeks. East Prong Roaring River and Stone Mountain Creek in Wilkes County and Little River in Alleghany County will be stocked on Oct. 14. Currently, a research project by N.C. State University is tracking the movements of stocked trout in that area.