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.
35.8961, -81.7455 Carroll Creek- Game lands above SR 1405
35.6597, -81.6384 Henry Fork-Lower south mountain state park line downstream to SR 1919 at Ivy creek
35.7373, -81.8343 Catawba River- Game land portion below blue ridge parkway & from first bridge on
SR 1223 below lake james power house to Muddy creek
35.6005, -81.6335 Jacob's Fork Creek-Shinny Creek to South Mountains State Park Boundary
C&R Artificial Lures Only
35.6303, -81.6565 Henry Fork-portion on South Mountains State Park