March 6, 2021 - KNOW YOUR SIGNS - BE LEGAL ON THE WATER -

March 6, 2021 - KNOW YOUR SIGNS - BE LEGAL ON THE WATER -

The time of the year where its easy to get confused on where it legal to fish. Its important to know and understand the signs used by NC Wildlife.

One of the most common questions we are asked this time of the year is "where can we fish"? 

The two important rules to understand are "DELAYED HARVEST" and "HATCHERY SUPPORTED"

We will start with "HATCHERY SUPPORTED".  This term refers to those waters that are supported by the hatchery program in North Carolina.  Hatchery supported waters are closed beginning March 1st and re-opens April 2nd.  The following listed the rules for these areas.  

Season is open from August 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021
• No bait restrictions
• No minimum length limit
• Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
• No fishing allowed from March 1, 2021 to April 2, 2021
• Then from 7:00 a.m. April 3, 2021 to July 31, 2021
• No bait restrictions
• No minimum length limit
• Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
• There is no closed season for fishing on power reservoirs and city
water supply reservoirs designated as trout waters  

 

Onto "DELAYED HARVEST".  In many places there is an overlap with 'HATCHERY SUPPORTED" waters so one must pay attention to where you are on the water.  If in the "DELAYED HARVEST" waters, you are allowed to fish however only artificial lurtes wth a single hook may be used and there is no harvesting of fish.  

October 1, 2020 to June 4, 2021
• No trout may be harvested or possessed
• Only artificial lures having one single hook may be
used
• No fishing allowed at all between 1/2 hour after sunset on June
4, 2021 and 6:00 a.m. on June 5, 2021
• At 6:00 a.m. on June 5, 2021 these waters open to fishing for
youths under 18 years old under Hatchery Supported Trout
Waters regulations
• No bait restrictions
• No minimum length limit
• Seven (7) trout per day creel limit
• At 12:00 p.m. on June 5, 2021 these waters open for all
anglers under Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations

For Macon County the following is a list of delayed harvest and hatchery supported waters.  

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Nantahala River (Whiteoak Creek to Nantahala hydropower discharge canal)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Burningtown Creek (Left Prong to Little Tennessee River)
  • Cartoogechaye Creek (downstream U.S. 64 bridge to Little Tennessee River)
  • Cliffside Lake
  • Cullasaja River (Sequoyah Dam to U.S. 64 bridge near junction of S.R. 1672)
  • Nantahala River—upper (Dicks Creek to Whiteoak Creek)
  • Nantahala River—lower (Nantahala hydropower discharge canal to Swain Co. line)
  • Queens Creek Lake

For a complete list of rules you can visit NCwildlife.org.  

We are here for any questions.  

Enjoy your day on the water!!

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