Outdoor Journal

Get your trout on: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,120 miles of “Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters” in 25 of the state’s western counties beginning at a bleary-eyed 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. The season will run from then until one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 29, 2008.

Anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day from these waters, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.

Commission employees, connoisseurs that they are, stock a blend of trout—40 percent brook, 40 percent rainbow and 20 percent brown. According to NCWRC, 96 percent of the stocked fish average 10 inches in length while the remaining fish exceed 14 inches in length.

For a detailed list of all Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

Loving it to death?: The last round of the Mountain Sports Festival’s seminar series will be held Tuesday, April 17, at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union, starting at 7 p.m.

The event’s topic is “Issues in Recreation Access and Overuse.” A panel of experts will include representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, American Whitewater, the Carolina Climbing Coalition and Warren Wilson College’s Outdoor Leadership program, along with the former executive director of the Access Fund. They’ll discuss issues of access to outdoor recreation sites and their overuse and take questions from the audience. If you give a hoot about the great outdoors, you’ll want to attend.

If all of the talk of nature’s decline is too sobering, take heart! The event will include prize raffles and information about the MSF, which is rapidly approaching. For more information, contact Christen McNamara at 251-4029 or outdoorprograms@ashevillenc.gov.

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