Outdoor Journal

Park it: Supporters of Black Mountain’s new skate park will hold an April 5 competition and demonstration at the park, located at the Carver Center. Expect food, raffles, live music and plenty of bold moves during the event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

Any funds raised (a competitor fee will be charged) will go to support final construction—more ramps etc.—at the facility.

The group also plans a spring yard sale/bake sale, and is currently accepting items to sell for the fundraiser, the date of which has yet to be announced.

Learn how you can help—and network with other skaters and BMXers—by attending skate-park meetings, held each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Carver Center. Contact Missy Corrales at 333-2780 for details.

There’s a fish in there with your name on it: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open roughly 1,120 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 of the state’s western counties, beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. The season will run until one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28, 2009. Lucky anglers may keep a maximum of seven trout per day from these waters, with no minimum-size limits or restrictions on bait used to catch the wily buggers.

The commission plans to stock nearly 800,000 trout this year, using a shortened stocking schedule in light of the drought conditions expected later this spring and summer. Stocked fish average 40 percent brook trout, 40 percent rainbow trout and 20 percent brown trout, and all exceed 10 inches in length. To have a look at the state’s trout-fishing maps and weekly stocking summaries, visit the commission’s Web site (www.ncwildlife.org).

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