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.
35.8863, -82.8764 Shut-In Creek
35.8318, -82.8551 Spring Creek- Junction NC 209 & NC 63 to lower USF service boundry
36.0069, -82.6417 Big Creek- Headwaters to lower game land boundry
35.7877, -82.9165 Little Creek
35.8282, -82.8677 Meadow Fork Creek
35.8183, -82.9001 Roaring Fork
35.9160, -82.5887 Big Laurel Creek- Mars hill watershed to Rice mill dam
35.9524, -82.7177 Shelton Laurel Creek- Headwaters to NC 208 bridge at Belva
36.0168, -82.6214 Mill Creek
35.9146, -82.5461 Puncheon Fork- Hampton creek to big laurel