ASHE COUNTY — Trout fishing season officially gets underway on Saturday in Ashe County as well as 24 other Western North Carolina counties.
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, just over 16,000 trout will be stocked by the end of the day on Thursday in the 15 hatchery-supported trout waters located in Ashe County.
Overall, hatcheries will have stocked nearly 916,000 trout between March and August in 25 foothill and mountain counties.
While some of the fishing areas are public access areas, some of the fishing areas in Ashe and surrounding counties are available through the generosity of private land owners.
“Opportunities to fish on many of these hatchery-supported trout streams are only available through the support and generosity of landowners,” said David Deaton, the Commission’s Fish Production Supervisor. “It’s important for anglers to respect the property that they’re fishing on and remember that landowners can take away access if they feel their property is being misused.”
As a reminder, hatchery-supported trout waters are typically marked by green and white signs and are stocked once a month, though more popular fishing holes will be stocked more frequently throughout the year.
Trout waters are stocked with rainbow, brook and brown trout.
March stocking numbers
North Fork New River: 2,800
Helton Creek: 3,750
Big Laurel Creek: 815
Three Top Creek: 1,300
Big Horse Creek: 3,125
Buffalo Creek: 300
South Fork New River (Todd Island Park): 900
North Beaver Creek: 200
Old Field Creek: 200
Cranberry Creek: 1,250
Nathan’s Creek: 250
Peak Creek: 650
Trout Lake: 500
Roan Creek: 300
For a complete list of all Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, as well as trout maps and weekly stocking summaries on Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, visit the Wildlife Commission’s trout fishing page.
Weekly stocking information appears online for seven days and updates are posted on Fridays after fish are stocked.
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