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Trout waters open this weekend

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 3, with the season running through Feb. 28 of next year. 

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are marked by green-and-white signs and have been  closed for the past month so that N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff can stock them with trout. Staff will continue stocking certain streams through August — some monthly, and some heavily fished waters more frequently. 

Over the next six months, staff will stock nearly 787,000 trout — 96 percent averaging 10 inches in length and 4 percent exceeding 14 inches. 

These waters are open to public fishing, but the land around them is often privately owned. The Wildlife Commission encourages anglers to respect the property they’re fishing on and remember that landowners can take away access if they feel their property is being misused. 

For a stocking schedule, visit www.ncwildlife.org/portals/0/fishing/documents/2021/trout-schedule-2021.pdf.

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