Other Sports

New public boating areas open on Yadkin River

Two new boating access areas are available for use on the Yadkin River.

The Burch Station Area is located just east of Elkin; the Yadkin Shore Area just north of Boonville. Both were built by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with the recreation departments of Yadkin and Surry counties.

The commission provided these GPS coordinates for the sites: the Burch facility is located at 36.2756, -80.7689; the Yadkin Shore ramp is at 36.2695, -80.722.

Both locations have turnaround areas and parking adjacent to the launch ramps.

The stretch of the river between the two new launch/take-out spots is relatively shallow and rocky, making it especially suitable for the use of canoes, kayaks and small jon boats.

It’s likely that in late fall and during winter the new sites will prove popular with hunters who like to float the Yadkin in hopes of bagging waterfowl. Observer News Services

Delayed Harvest waters to have liberal rules

Western N.C. streams and ponds designated as Delayed Harvest waters by the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission undergo a big rules change June 6.

They relatively turn from a strict regulation of fishing only with artificial, barbless lures and a requirement that no trout be possessed to almost anything goes. From June 6 through July 31 anglers may keep seven trout of any size per day and there are no bait restrictions.

Only youngsters 15 and younger may fish from 6 a.m to 11:59 a.m. on opening day. At noon the waters are available to all anglers.

Thirty-one streams and two lakes carry the Delayed Harvest designation and are marked with diamond-shaped black and white signs. Included, and perhaps closest to anglers in the Piedmont, are part of Wilson Creek in Caldwell County, a stretch of the Broad River in Rutherford and part of Jacob Fork in Burke. ONS

Catches of the week

▪  A 7-pound 15-ounce Spanish mackerel at Cape Point on Hatteras Island by Robert Harris.

▪  A 96-pound cobia near Hatteras Village by Virginian Bryan White.

▪  An 83-pound cobia at Hatteras by Christopher May of Red Oak.

▪  A 75-pound cobia at Hatteras by Justin Ferguson of Arapahoe.

▪  A 52-inch red drum near Hatteras Village by local angler Rom Whitaker.

▪  A 41-pound dolphin off Hatteras Village by Lee Walker of Salisbury.

▪  A mixed catch of speckled trout to 5 pounds, reds to 10 pounds and sheepshead to 8 1/2 at the Little River Jetties by area anglers Bonecrusher Sauls and Clay Morphis. They enticed most of the strikes on VuDu lures.

▪  Largemouth bass of 6.5 pounds, 5.5, 5, and two of 3.5 at Lake Lee by Ronnie Mattox and Kennon Baker, both of Monroe.

▪  A 7 1/2-pound Lake Lee largemouth by Bill Sims of Monroe.