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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Hatchery-supported trout waters open

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Approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties will open at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1 of next year.

When fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.

Hatchery-supported trout waters are marked by green-and-white signs and are stocked from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream.

Regionwide, nearly 877,000 trout — with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches — will be put into the stream waters.

For a detailed list of all hatchery-supported trout waters and regulation information, as well as trout maps and weekly stocking summaries on hatchery-supported trout waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

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