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Trout fishing to be introduced at Hanging Rock State Park

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Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. Van Der Vaart, Secretary
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Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015

Trout fishing to be introduced at Hanging Rock State Park

Raleigh -- Rainbow trout will be introduced in a 12-acre lake at Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County as part of a joint program between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The stocking program to be launched April 10 provides a unique opportunity for recreational trout fishing outside of traditional mountain trout waters and is particularly accessible to children, older anglers and mobility-impaired individuals. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock the lake with 2,400 catchable-sized rainbow trout in April and October of each year. The stocking effort complements a new, handicapped-accessible pier built in 2013 in a cooperative effort between state parks staff and the wildlife agency to enhance fishing opportunities in the park.

Although a North Carolina fishing license is required for anglers 16 years old and over at the lake, a separate trout fishing license will not be required. Anglers may harvest seven trout per day with no size limit, and there are no restrictions on bait or type of hooks used. Also, there is no closed season associated with this fishery, so anglers can fish the lake all year.

“For less mobile anglers, fishing for trout in lakes is much simpler than fishing in streams,” said Kin Hodges, fisheries biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “The opportunity to fish in a lake, combined with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, makes Hanging Rock Lake an ideal location for handicapped anglers to fish for trout. These same qualities also make it the perfect place to introduce small children to trout fishing.”

Hodges said Hanging Rock Lake will become the easternmost trout fishery in the state, making it attractive to anglers from the Piedmont who might not have the time or means to visit mountain streams for trout fishing.

The lake also supports populations of largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish and the state park offers boat rentals in warm-weather months.