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Old 12-10-2013, 07:32 AM
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Default Re: Delayed Harvest Fishing in NC

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Not sure where you folks have been fishing but in all actuality DH streams put a huge impact on local wild fish. A majority of these vastly overstocked streams are in the spawning grounds for the wild fish in the river. Why do you all think during spring and fall fishing with eggs can produce 100 fish days? In the majority of these fisheries water temps NEVER! reach lethal levels. Take the upper nantahala, snowbird, and fires creek for example. In these three streams alone all the water temps are sustainable to hold fish year round. The tuckasegeee water temps allows it to hold trout year round as well but it cannot support a heavy concentration of fish. Mills river is another one that can hold trout year round. I understand the purpose of DH streams but they really do hurt the wild population of trout.
I'm basing my appraisal on the DH streams close to Winston-Salem. So it may be different in other parts of the state. The Ararat DH, Wilson DH, and Mitchell DH all get too hot in the summer to sustain trout.

I also agree with rusty that one of their best benefits is taking much of the pressure off of more fragile streams and ecosystems.
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I'm basing my appraisal on the DH streams close to Winston-Salem. So it may be different in other parts of the state. The Ararat DH, Wilson DH, and Mitchell DH all get too hot in the summer to sustain trout.

I also agree with rusty that one of their best benefits is taking much of the pressure off of more fragile streams and ecosystems.
I'm sure those areas get way too warm I didn't even know they had them that far east. There are so many streams right around Jackson county that I have no need to leave.
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