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N.C. Wildlife Commission trout regulations now online, searchable

What are the regulations applicable to trout fishing on Jacob Fork in Burke County? Or Wilson Creek in Caldwell?

Information covering these two popular streams and all others in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s mountain trout program is now readily available online.

This week, the agency announced a new search tool for anglers interested in fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout in the state’s western counties.

Using the Public Mountain Trout Waters Search, anglers can find places to fish for trout by county or regulation classification. There are seven classifications in the commission’s program, each with its own set of rules: delayed harvest, hatchery supported, catch and release/artificial lures only, catch and release/artificial flies only, wild trout waters, natural bait waters and special regulation waters.

After entering search criteria, anglers can sort results alphabetically by county, classification, and stream name. When they have identified a water of interest, a link takes them to an interactive map that zooms directly to the selected water.

The search tool also provides a link to additional information about regulations and season dates. Anglers also can download and print a list of waters within their search, along with regulations, to take with them when fishing.

“Through this new search tool, we wanted to provide anglers with a way to explore the numerous public mountain trout waters,” said Jacob Rash, the Wildlife Commission’s coldwater research coordinator. “By allowing anglers to customize their search, establishing direct linkages to maps, and providing a diversity of information, we are optimistic that anglers will find it easier to go trout fishing.” Observer News Services

Yancey County’s Cane River to flow freely

Demolition of a 107-year-old dam on the Cane River in Yancey County soon will make the stream free-flowing again.

The concrete dam, 40 feet high and 100 feet across, was built in 1908 to make hydroelectric power available to nearby Burnsville, the county seat.

The Cane’s headwaters are on the western flank of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Its upper stretch provides good trout fishing, while the lower portion holds bream, smallmouth bass, redeye and even muskies.

Floods through the decades damaged the dam, operated by the French Broad Electric Company, and it eventually was breached, but the river still backed up into a considerable pond.

Once the dam and its debris have been removed, restoration of the stream’s banks will be undertaken.

The project is being overseen by the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council. Tom Higgins

Catches of the week

▪  Sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by South Carolinians Samantha Dunn of Chester and Clover residents Heath Grice and Timothy Vance.

▪  A 125-pound tarpon at Bogue Inlet Pier near Emerald Isle by Reid Clontz of Swansboro.

▪  A 120-pound tarpon at Bogue Inlet Pier by Jim Lairson of Swansboro.

▪  A 45-inch red drum in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Village by Caroline Gray of Waves.

▪  A 45-pound dolphin off Hatteras by Grady Smith of Greenville, N.C.

▪  A 60-pound wahoo off Ocean Isle by Ronnie Dial.

▪  A 98-pound wahoo off Hatteras by Jeff Lesin of Philadelphia.

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