Fishing in McDowell

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Commission Biologists Seek Help from Anglers to Stop the Spread of Rusty Crayfish

A destructive, non-native crayfish has invaded the upper Catawba River in western North Carolina, and Wildlife Commission biologists are asking anglers to help stop the spread of the rusty crayfish. The rusty crayfish has a rust-colored spot on its sides, just in front of the tail. It has black bands on the tips of its claws. Anyone who finds one is asked to kill it immediately, note its location, freeze it, and contact TR Russ at Thomas.russ@ncwildlife.org.

 

Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters

There are approximately 1,100 miles of Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters in North Carolina. In hatchery-supported waters there is no size limit or bait restriction, and the creel limit is seven trout per day. Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters are marked with green-and white signs that are posted conspicuously along the watercourses.

The following waters are classified as Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters (streams that are underlined are stocked with catchable-size trout at frequent intervals during the months of March through August):

McDowell County

Catawba River (Catawba Falls Campground to Old Fort Recreation Park)

Little Buck Creek (game land portion)

North Fork Catawba River (headwaters to North Cove School at S.R. 1569 bridge)

Armstrong Creek (Cato Holler lower line downstream to Greenlee upper line)

Mill Creek (upper railroad bridge to U.S. 70 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

Mountain Heritage Trout Waters

The Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program is a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local governments to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity in western North Carolina cities that are designated as a “Mountain Heritage Trout Water City.”

Currently, five cities are enrolled in the program. Each of these cities provides public access to a trout stream that runs through or is adjacent to the city. Old Fort has agreed to take part in this program and will be officially designated on August 1, 2010.

North Carolina residents and non-residents who want to fish in a stream that is designated as a Mountain Heritage Trout Water may purchase a 3-day license for $5. The license is valid only for waters that are designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Anglers with the appropriate fishing license and trout privilege license can fish in Mountain Heritage Trout Waters without a Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license.

The Commission offers two quick and easy ways to purchase a Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license using a credit card:

Call 1(888) 248-6834. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. From May to September, phone lines are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Sunday.  or Click here.

Important note: The Mountain Heritage Trout Water license can only be purchased online or by calling the toll-free number above. Wildlife Service Agents do not sell this license.

To fish for trout in waters that are not designated as “Mountain Heritage Trout Waters,” anglers age 16 and over must have a valid fishing license and a trout privilege license. Click here to purchase a regular fishing license and stamp.  No rod and reel? No problem!

Anglers can borrow a rod and reel free of charge for the day at the Mountain Gateway Museum on Water St. The loaner rods and reels are provided by city and town governments and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission through the agency’s Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Tackle Loaner Program. This program operates like a library. Anglers of all ages register at participating Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program-tackle-loaner sites to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel for the day. Anglers under age 18 must have a parent or guardian to complete the registration form. Anglers receive a free one-time mini-tackle box containing assorted lures the first time they register in the program. One tackle box per participant is permitted.

Loaner rods and reels are available for a one-day loan and must be returned to the participating loaner site by the end of the business day.

 Stocking takes place between March and July, over 1,275 Brook Trout, 1,275 Rainbow and 630 Brown Trout are released on Museum property.

 

Regulations

Season opens first Sat in April

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

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DPMTW are identified by color coded diamond shaped signs posted along the stream bank or lake shore that indicate regulations in effect for each stream. A fishing regulations digest may be obtained from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission or license agents that details all trout fishing regulations and streams by individual category. Designated Public Mountain Trout Waters are classified for management purposes as either Wild Trout or Hatchery Supported waters. Wild Trout Waters are high quality waters which sustain trout populations by natural reproduction and are not stocked. Hatchery Supported Waters must be stocked periodically with trout in order to sustain fishing. Some Wild Trout Waters are managed as Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only, Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only, or Wild Trout/Natural Bait. Hatchery Supported Waters have one special regulation known as Delayed Harvest. Special regulations on Wild Trout and Hatchery Supported waters are used to meet specific management objectives.

Wild Trout Waters - All trout waters on game lands are designated as Wild Trout Waters unless a water is specifically listed in the regulations digest as being managed under one of the other designations. Management emphasis is placed on maintaining populations of wild stream-reared trout through more restrictive fishing regulations. Fishing related mortality is reduced by restricting fishing methods, having a minimum length limit, and limiting harvest.

Fishing map for McDowell County

 

Season: Year-round
Daily Creel Limit: Four fish
Minimum Size Limit: Seven inches
Lure Restrictions: Artificial lures having one single hook. Possession of natural baits is prohibited
Sign Colors: Blue on Gold

Consult the Regulations Digest for a listing of streams.

Catch and Release/Artificial Lures - This designation is used to protect brook trout populations and to allow anglers the opportunity to fish over brown and rainbow trout populations unaffected by angling harvest. Larger trout are protected by this regulation.

 

Season: Year-round
Daily Creel Limit: No trout may be harvested or possessed
Lure Restriction: Artificial lures having one single hook. Possession of natural baits is prohibited
Sign colors: Purple on Gold

Consult the Regulations Digest for a listing of streams.

Catch and Release/Flies Only - This designation is similar to the proceeding one except that only artificial flies may be used.

 

Season: Year-round
Daily Creel Limit: No trout may be harvested or possessed
Lure Restriction: Artificial flies having one single hook. Possession of natural baits is prohibited
Sign colors: Red on gold

Consult the Regulations Digest for a listing of streams.

Wild Trout/with Natural Bait Allowance - The fourth Wild Trout designation provides trout anglers the opportunity to fish for wild trout with natural bait. This is an experimental regulation that is currently being evaluated. These streams are being monitored to determine if the use of natural bait in wild trout waters has resulted in changes in the population.

 

  Year-round
Daily Creel Limit: Four fish
Minimum Size Limit: Seven inches
Lure Restrictions: Single hook artificial lures and bait allowed (using single hooks only), except that live minnows can not be used
Sign colors: Brown on gold

Consult the Regulations Digest for a listing of streams.

Hatchery Supported Waters - Hatchery Supported Waters are stocked by state hatcheries with catchable size trout. Stockings are made from March through August although some waters are only stocked in Spring. Most waters are stocked at four-week intervals, but some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. Most Hatchery Supported streams will not support trout year-round; however, some do contain small wild trout populations.

Stocked fish average 9-10 inches in length with a small percentage being 12 inches or larger. Approximately 600,000 catchable trout are stocked each year of which 40% are brook, 40% are rainbow and 20% are brown trout.

 

Season: Open 11 months, except closed from March 1 to first Saturday in April
Daily Creel Limit: Seven fish
Minimum Size Limit None
Lure Restrictions: None
Sign colors: Green on white

Consult the Regulation Digest for a listing of streams.

Delayed Harvest - This designation provides catch-and-release fishing for stocked trout in fall and spring. The objective of this regulation is to provide waters where anglers have higher-than-normal chances to catch trout.

 

Season: October 1 to day before first Saturday in June
Daily Creel Limit: No trout may be harvested or possessed
Lure Restriction: Artificial lures having one single hook. Possession of natural baits is prohibited

 

Season: First Saturday in June to September 30
Daily Creel Limit: Seven fish
Minimum Size Limit None
Lure Restrictions: None
Sign colors: Black on white

Consult the Regulations Digest for a listing of streams.

License Requirements. Specific licenses are required to fish in Designated Public Mountain Trout Waters. The following combination of individual licenses are required to fish for trout on NCWRC managed waters:

Nongame land designated trout waters:

State Fishing License (basic) and Special Trout Fishing License

Game land designated trout waters:

State Fishing License, Special Trout Fishing License. The game lands license is not required to fish in any waters on game lands. The following licenses include the basic fishing privileges as well as the additional privileges of trout fishing.

Annual or Lifetime Sportsman Licenses.

Annual or Lifetime Comprehensive Fishing Licenses.

Comprehensive Short-Term Fishing License.

Persons under 16 years of age are exempt from the basic fishing license requirement. Such persons are exempt from the trout license only when they are accompanied by a properly licensed adult, or when they are in possession of the appropriate license(s) of a parent or guardian. A resident may fish with natural bait in his county of residence without a basic fishing license. However, a special trout license is required to fish designated trout waters.

 

 

 

 

   
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