The following streams are in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s delayed-harvest program:
Alleghany County: Little River (Whitehead to 275 yards downstream of the intersection of SR 1128 and SR 1129;
Ashe County: Big Horse Creek (SR 1324 Bridge to North Fork New River), Helton Creek (Virginia state line to New River), South Fork New River (Todd Island Park), Trout Lake;
Burke County: Jacob Fork (Shinny Creek to lower South Mountains State Park boundary);
Kevin Howell, the owner of Davidson River Outfitters, recommends four delayed-harvest streams as his favorites among those designated as such by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Howell, who has been fishing delayed-harvest streams since the program began in 1992, likes the North Fork of the Mills River in Henderson County, the East Fork French Broad River in Transylvania County, the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County and the Green River in Polk County.
“The delayed-harvest program allows the (Commission) to reclaim water for trout fishing that may not support trout throughout the year,” he said. “It also provides a great opportunity for anglers to be very successful in their fishing. The delayed-harvest streams are stocked at a much-higher density than the regular streams. Today, we are seeing a lot more anglers due to the popularity of the program, which has been great for the towns that depend on tourism.”
The late Lee Wulff, a master fly-fisherman, once wisely stated, “Gamefish are too valuable to be caught only once.” That goes directly to the heart of delayed-harvest trout fishing, a system that serves the catch-and release-fisherman as well as the angler that desires to keep his catch for a nice fish dinner.
Personally, I enjoy fishing in the fall, winter and spring on delayed-harvest streams because of the possibility of constant action. In addition to the numerous fish in the 10- to 12-inch range, the occasional brood fish that is stocked or a holdover from previous stockings can add the element of surprise. Several occasions come to mind when these large fish responded, making the day special.
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