Delayed Harvest is here – stocking this week!

Delayed Harvest streams will be stocked this week!  Here’s a list of some of the local DH streams and their stocking dates.

COUNTY               STREAM               OCTOBER              NOVEMBER

Burke                   Jacob Fork                    3                                   2
Caldwell               Wilson Creek                2                                   2
McDowell             Curtis Creek                 3                                   5
McDowell             Mill Creek                      3                                   5
McDowell             Catawba River             4                                    6

If you are not familiar with Delayed Harvest regulations here’s what the NC Wildlife Resource Commission has to say…..

Brook, brown and rainbow trout require cold, clean water and are therefore generally restricted to mountain streams and lakes.  Those mountain waters that support trout and
are open to public fishing are designated as “Public Mountain Trout Waters” by the Wildlife
Resources Commission and are man aged for public trout fishing. A significant amount of
trout fishing opportunities in western North Carolina are located on private property. These
landowners have generously allowed for public access for fishing. Please respect their property. Your cooperation is needed to protect fishing opportunities for future generations.
The Commission conspicuously marks Public Mountain Trout Waters with regulation signs
that indicate locations for public access. When anglers encounter “posted against trespass” signs along these designated sections on private lands, they should respect the property owner’s rights and choose another location along that stream to fish. Maps of trout waters and their classifications may be viewed at ncwildlife.org under the link for Fishing at the top of the page.

Conditions are getting better and better….

With all the rain we have had over the past two weeks the streams and rivers are finally getting back into great shape.  Wilson Creek is getting gin clear and fishing incredibly!  Keep in mind the delayed harvest is about to change over to catch and keep but we have two more weeks of the stream being stacked and packed with trout.

Another nice DH fish

Another nice DH trout

It’s been a great DH season with several days of our guests catching over 50 trout.  Kind of sad to see it change over to catch and keep but this also marks the beginning of top water smallie action.

Catawba River tailrace below Lake James is finally getting back into shape after the multiple days of 2 plus inches of rain.  The browns are aggressively feeding on black stone flies and every minnow in sight.  Find pods of baitfish and you’ll find feeding trout within a few feet.  During low water (recreational flows) we’ve had some good days using Elk Hair Caddis dry flies and beadhead early black stones.  Once the generation starts it’s been all streamer action.  Here’s a link to Duke Energy’s site for generation info.

Smallmouth bass are starting to hammer top water poppers and this is just the beginning.  If you haven’t experienced top water river smallies you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Top Water Smallies!!!!

We are now booking trips for the 2012 smallie top water action.  Click here for booking info!