CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:
- Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
- Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
- Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
- To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.
36.5612, -81.5390 Big Horse Creek-Mud creek at SR 1363 bridge to Tuckerdale
36.4678, -81.6438 Big Laurel Creek
36.4658, -81.5113 Buffalo Creek-Head waters to junction of NC 194-88 & SR 1131
36.4365, -81.2932 Cranberry Creek-Alleghany Co. line to South Fork New River
36.3889, -81.6990 Hoskins Fork-Watauga Co. line to North Fork New River
36.4329, -81.6368 North Fork New River- Watauga county line to sharp dam
36.3039, -81.5627 Mill Creek
36.4630, -81.3774 Nathans Creek
36.3748, -81.4777 North Beaver Creek
36.3355, -81.5280 Old Fields Creek
36.4023, -81.3106 Peak Creek-Headwaters to trout lake, except Blueridge parkway waters
36.2983, -81.4560 Pine Swamp Creek-All forks
36.3943, -81.3690 Roan Creek
36.3901, -81.6114 Three Top Creek-Except game land portion