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.
35.4938, -82.6055 Bent Creek-Headwaters to NC arboretum boundary line
35.7887, -82.5052 Big Ivey Creek-Also Ivy river, Dillingham creek to US 19-23 bridge
35.4621, -82.4611 Cane Creek-Headwaters to SR 3138 bridge
35.7669, -82.3678 Corner Rock Creek
35.7613, -82.4301 Dillingham Creek-Corner rock creek to Big Ivy creek
35.4827, -82.6241 Lake Powhatan
35.7173, -82.3996 Mineral Creek
35.6980, -82.4959 Reems Creek-Sugar camp fork T US 19-23 bridge
35.7450, -82.4129 Stoney Creek
35.6032, -82.3857 Swannanoa River-SR 2702 bridge near ridgecrest to Sayles in Ashville
C&R Artificial Lures Only
35.7399, -82.3926 Carter Creek-game land portion