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Mountain Trout Regulations: Counties N-Z

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Polk County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Green River (Fishtop Falls Access Area to the confluence with Cove Creek)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Green River (Mouth of Cove Creek to the natural gas pipeline crossing)
  • North Pacolet River (Joels Creek to N.C. 108 bridge)

Rutherford County

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • (Rocky) Broad River (Henderson Co. line to U.S. 64/74 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

Stokes County

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Dan River (Virginia state line downstream to a point 200 yards below the end of S.R. 1421)

Surry County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Ararat River (portion adjacent to Ararat River Greenway)
  • Mitchell River (0.6 mile upstream of the end of S.R. 1333 to the lowermost bridge on S.R. 1330)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Ararat River (S.R. 1727 bridge downstream to the N.C. 103 bridge)
  • Big Elkin Creek (Dam 440 yards upstream of N.C. 268 bridge to a point 265 yards downstream of N.C. 268 [marked by a sign on each bank])
  • Fisher River (Cooper Creek) (Virginia state line to I-77 bridge)
  • Little Fisher River (Virginia state line to N.C. 89 bridge)
  • Lovills Creek (U.S. 52 Business bridge to Ararat River)
  • Pauls Creek (Virginia state line to 0.3 miles below S.R. 1625 bridge)

Swain County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Tuckasegee River (U.S. 19 bridge to Slope Street bridge)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Alarka Creek (game land boundary to Fontana Reservoir)
  • Calderwood Reservoir (Cheoah Dam to Tennessee state line)
  • Cheoah Reservoir
  • Connelly Creek (Camp Branch to Tuckasegee River)
  • Deep Creek (Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary line to Tuckasegee River)
  • Nantahala River (Macon Co. line to existing Fontana Reservoir water level)

Transylvania County

Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters
  • Davidson River (headwaters to Avery Creek, excluding Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek and Grogan Creek)
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • East Fork French Broad River (East Fork Baptist Church to the downstream S.R. 1107 bridge)
  • Little River (confluence of Lake Dense to 100 yards downstream of Hooker Falls)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Davidson River (Avery Creek to lower USFS boundary line)
  • French Broad River (confluence of North Fork French Broad River and West Fork French Broad River to the Island Ford Rd. [S.R. 1110] Access Area)
  • Middle Fork French Broad River (upstream U.S. 178 bridge to French Broad River)
  • West Fork French Broad River (S.R. 1312 to confluence with North Fork French Broad)
Wild Trout Waters
  • All waters located on Gorges State Park
  • Whitewater River (downstream from Silver Run Creek to South Carolina state line)
Wild Trout/Natural Bait Waters
  • North Fork French Broad River (game land portion down­stream of S.R. 1326)
  • Thompson River (S.R. 1152 to South Carolina state line, except where posted against trespassing)

Watauga County

Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters
  • Laurel Creek (confluence of North and South Fork Laurel creeks to Elk Creek, excluding tributaries)
  • Pond Creek (headwaters to Locust Ridge Road bridge, excluding the pond adjacent to Lake Coffey)
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Lake Coffey
  • Watauga River—upper (S.R. 1114 bridge to the Valle Crucis Community Park lower boundary)
  • Watauga River—lower (S.R. 1103 bridge to confluence with Laurel Creek)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Beaverdam Creek (confluence of Beaverdam Creek and Little Beaverdam Creek to an unnamed tributary adjacent to the intersection of S.R. 1201 and S.R. 1203)
  • Beech Creek
  • Buckeye Creek (Buckeye Creek Reservoir dam to Grassy Gap Creek)
  • Buckeye Creek Reservoir
  • Cove Creek (S.R. 1233 bridge at Zionville to S.R. 1214 bridge at Sherwood)
  • Dutch Creek (second bridge on S.R. 1134 to mouth)
  • Elk Creek (S.R. 1510 bridge at Triplett to Wilkes Co. line, except where posted against trespassing)
  • Laurel Creek (S.R. 1123 bridge at S.R. 1157 intersection to Watauga River)
  • Meat Camp Creek (S.R. 1340 bridge at S.R. 1384 intersection to N.C. 194)
  • Middle Fork New River (adjacent to intersection of S.R. 1539 and U.S. 321 to South Fork New River)
  • Norris Fork Creek
  • South Fork New River (canoe launch 70 yards upstream of U.S. 421 bridge to lower boundary of Brookshire Park)
  • Stony Fork (S.R. 1500 bridge at S.R. 1505 intersection to Wilkes Co. line)
Wild Trout Waters
  • Dutch Creek (headwaters to second bridge on S.R. 1134)
  • Howard Creek
  • Maine Branch (headwaters to North Fork New River)
  • North Fork New River (from confluence with Maine and Mine branches to Ashe Co. line)
  • Watauga River (Avery Co. line to S.R. 1580 bridge)
  • Winkler Creek (lower bridge on S.R. 1549 to confluence with South Fork New River)

Wilkes County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • East Prong Roaring River (Bullhead Creek downstream to Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary)
  • Elk Creek—upper (Watauga Co. line to lower boundary of Blue Ridge Mountain Club)
  • Elk Creek—lower (portion on Leatherwood Mountains Development)
  • Reddies River (Town of North Wilkesboro water intake dam to confluence with Yadkin River)
  • Stone Mountain Creek (from falls at Alleghany Co. line to con­­fluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Basin Creek (S.R. 1730 bridge to confluence with Lovelace Creek)
  • Bell Branch Pond
  • Boundary Line Pond
  • Cub Creek (0.5 miles upstream of S.R. 2460 bridge to S.R. 1001 bridge)
  • Darnell Creek (North Prong Reddies River) (downstream ford on S.R. 1569 to confluence with North Fork Reddies River)
  • East Prong Roaring River (Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary to S.R. 1002 bridge)
  • Fall Creek (S.R. 1300 bridge to confluence with South Prong Lewis Fork, except where posted against trespassing)
  • Middle Fork Reddies River (Clear Prong) (headwaters to bridge on S.R. 1580)
  • Middle Prong Roaring River (headwaters to second bridge on S.R. 1736)
  • North Fork Reddies River (Vannoy Creek) (headwaters to Union School bridge on S.R. 1559)
  • Pike Creek
  • Pike Creek Pond
  • South Fork Reddies River (S.R. 1355 bridge to confluence with Middle Fork Reddies River)
  • South Prong Lewis Fork (Fall Creek to U.S. 421 bridge adjacent to S.R. 1155 intersection)
Wild Trout Waters
  • All waters located on Stone Mountain State Park, except East Prong Roaring River from Bullhead Creek downstream to the Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary where Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply, and Stone Mountain Creek from falls at Alleghany County line to confluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek in Stone Mountain State Park where Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply.

Yancey County

Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters
  • South Toe River (headwaters to Upper Creek)
  • Upper Creek
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Cane River (Blackberry Ridge Road to downstream boundary of Cane River County Park)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Bald Mountain Creek (except where posted against trespassing)
  • Cane River (Bee Branch [S.R. 1110] to Bowlens Creek)
  • Price Creek (junction of S.R. 1120 and S.R. 1121 to Indian Creek)
  • South Toe River (Clear Creek to lower boundary line of Yancey Co. recreation park, except where posted against trespassing)
Wild Trout Waters
  • Cattail Creek (bridge at Mountain Farm Community Road to N.C. 197 bridge)
  • Lickskillet Creek
  • Middle Creek (game land boundary to mouth)