There are three additional public fishing opportunities available in the Piedmont and foothills of North Carolina.
▪ A 60-foot pier in the Paddy’s Creek section of Lake James State Park in Burke County.
▪ A 140-acre lake at the new Yadkin Memorial Park between Yadkinville and Hamptonville.
▪ Mountain trout fishing at a 12-acre lake in Hanging Rock State Park off N.C. 8 near Danbury.
The pier at Lake James, uppermost of the impoundments on the Catawba River, affords anglers a chance to catch bass, bream, catfish, crappie and perhaps even walleye. Developed through a cooperative effort of the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Division of State Parks, it affords those without access to a boat a better chance to hook fish. It is fully handicap accessible.
Those who have seen the new Yadkin County park are calling it a gem that holds promise of fine fishing for bass, bream and crappie. It’s located at 1142 Crystal Lane in Yadkinville and is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week.
Anglers may use non-powered boats, fish from two piers or the shoreline.
Additionally, there is a jogging-walking trail and a playground. There will be waterfowl hunting in season.
The lake at Hanging Rock Park becomes the easternmost site stocked with mountain trout by the Wildlife Resources Commission. The trout release program began April 10, when 1,200 catchable-size rainbows were delivered by a hatchery truck. The same number will be stocked in October.
The site is open to trout fishing year round with a seven-fish daily limit and no size or bait restrictions. Anglers must have a proper state license, but no special trout permit is required.
There is a handicap-accessible pier at the lake which also holds bass, bluegill and shellcrackers. Tom Higgins
▪ Approximately 75 Wounded Warriors will go fishing Thursday at Lake Norman, courtesy of a program started by Operation North State and its founder, Terry Snyder of Winston-Salem. Enough boater-guides have volunteered to accommodate each of the service members. Fishing is based at the Pinnacle Access Area and will end at 3 p.m. A meal and prize presentations will follow at nearby Berea Baptist Church, just west of Mooresville.
▪ Ground was broken last week for a public shooting range just north of Shelby, a joint project of the Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County board of commissioners. The facility at 250 Fielding Road will have a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. Expected completion date is early autumn.
▪ Teaming to win the Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club’s “flurry shoot” Saturday were Dana McKittrick of Matthews and Charlotteans Galen Heying and Bob Taylor. They shattered 50 of 90 targets thrown within less than four minutes.
Catches of the week
▪ Three Lake Wateree catfish weighing 97.5 pounds to win a Catawba Catfish Club tournament Saturday by Harry and Jamie Dickerson of Rock Hill. They topped anglers in 36 other boats and won $608. The two also had the largest single fish, a 43.8-pounder, good for $370 more.
▪ Blue catfish of 20 and 12 pounds, his best ever, at Lake Norman by Bruce Caddigan of Hudson while fishing with Robert Wood of Denver, N.C.
▪ Two huge snowy grouper, her first, by Crystal Babson while fishing offshore of Ocean Isle.
▪ A 60-pound wahoo among three boated off Ocean Isle by Wendell Barnette.
▪ A 47-inch red drum at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head by West Virginian Stephen Ohlinger.