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All 15 of the eligible streams for fish stocking in Ashe County have been stocked with brook, rainbow and brown trout at once already, and with several more months to go, the N.C. Wildlife Commission has released the number of trout that will be placed these bodies of water throughout the year.


Approximately 103 miles of streams and rivers in Ashe were stocked this year by hatcheries.


The largest such body of water is the North Fork of the New River, which makes up 20 miles of the trout-stocked waters in the county and is stocked from the Watauga County line to Sharp Dam. At the end of April, the North Fork will have already been stocked with nearly 5,600 trout. Overall, the North Fork will have 12,725 trout placed into the water by the end of trout season.


The most heavily stocked portion of water will be Helton Creek near the Virginia line that flows into the New River. That eight-mile stretch of water already has 7,500 trout stocked and will have well over 20,000 by the end of the fishing year.


Overall, 72,737 trout will be stocked into these waters across the county.


The other 13 trout-stocked water details are below:


Big Laurel Creek


Currently – 1,488 trout


Total by end of season – 2,474


Three Top Creek (North Fork of New River to bridge on SR 1100)


Currently – 2,600 trout


Total by end of season – 5,300


Big Horse Creek (SR 1363 at Mud Creek confluence to intersection of SR 1353 and SR 1324 in Lansing)


Currently – 2,700


Total by end of season – 4,850


Big Horse Creek (From SR 1324 bridge in Lansing to North Fork of New River)


Currently – 3,350


Total by end of season – 8,375


Buffalo Creek (Headwaters to N.C. 194/N.C. 88 and SR 1131)


Currently – 500


Total by end of season – 700


South Fork of New River (Todd Island Park)


Currently – 1,800


Total by end of season – 4,500


North Beaver Creek (Headwaters on N.C. 163 to South Fork of New River)


Currently – 400


Total by end of season – 500


Old Fields Creek (N.C. 194 in Baldwin to SR 1111)


Currently – 400


Total by end of season – 600


Cranberry Creek (Alleghany County line to South Fork of New River)


Currently – 2,500


Total by end of season – 5,313


Nathan’s Creek (N.C. 221 bridge to SR 1602 bridge)


Currently – 500


Total by end of season – 675


Peak Creek (Blue Ridge Parkway to Trout Lake)


Currently – 1,150


Total by end of season – 1,625


Trout Lake


Currently – 1,000


Total by end of season – 3,500


Roan Creek (Headwaters on SR 1625 to N.C. 88 at Wagoner)


Currently – 600


Total by end of season – 1,000


*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87

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