RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery supported trout waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 3.

This year, wildlife commission personnel will stock approximately 960,000 trout — 96% of which will average 10 inches in length, with the other 4% exceeding 14 inches in length.

Hatchery supported trout waters are stocked at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year and are marked by green-and-white signs at the fishing locations. Anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction.

In Wilkes County, hatchery supported trout waters include sections of Basin Creek, Bell Branch Pond, Boundary Line Pond, Cub Creek, Darnell Creek, East Prong Roaring River, Fall Creek, Middle Fork Reddies River, Middle Prong Roaring River, North Fork Reddies River, Pike Creek, Pike Creek Pond, South Fork Reddies River and South Prong Lewis Fork.

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.

For information about trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the Wildlife Commission’s trout fishing page at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Fish/Trout/Trout-Fishing, or call the Inland Fisheries Division at 919-707-0220.

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