36 CFR §2.3 Fishing

(a) In consultation with appropriate agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina, the following are prohibited:

  • Fishing from any vehicle or foot bridge.

      • Foot bridges and other non-motor road bridges do not provide adequate safe distances to fish and allow foot traffic. Fishing from any motor road bridge is prohibited by 36CFR 2.3.
  • Fishing with more than one line per person.

  • Fishing without a valid state fishing license issued by the state with jurisdiction.

      • Waters within the boundaries of the Blue Ridge Parkway may be legally fished with a valid North Carolina or Virginia fishing license.
  • Snagging fish by pulling or jerking a hook, lure, or other implement through the water.

  • Fishing in the lower Mabry Mill Pond.

  • Fishing in the Heart Pond in Moses Cone Memorial Park (the stone-lined ponds above Bass Lake)

  • Fishing from the dam and adjacent walls at Price Lake or any footbridge in Price Lake picnic area (Watauga County, NC) and from the James River Parkway Bridge (Bedford & Amherst Counties, VA). (36 CFR 7.34 (b)(2))

  • Violation of Hatchery Supported Waters regulations on the following North Carolina designated waters:

    • Brush Creek (Alleghany County)

    • Big Pine Creek (Alleghany County)

    • Linville River (Avery County)

    • Meadow Fork (Alleghany County)

    • Middle Fork New River (Watauga County)

    • Peak Creek (Ashe County)

    • Price Lake (Watauga County)

    • Swannanoa River (Buncombe County)

      • Hatchery Supported Water regulations include daily creel limit of 7 trout, closed to fishing from March 1 to first Saturday in April at 7:00 a.m.
  • Possessing trout under 7 inches in length or possessing more than 4 fish while fishing in the following waters:

    • Upper Boone Fork River upstream from Price Lake (Watauga County, NC)

    • Camp Creek (Burke County, NC)

    • Cold Prong Branch (Watauga County, NC)

    • Laurel Creek (Watauga County, NC)

    • Sims Creek (Watauga County, NC)

    • Sims Mill Pond (Watauga County, NC)
    • Goshen Creek (Watauga County, NC)
  • Fishing in the following waters by means other than an artificial lure having one single point hook, unless authorized by the Superintendent as part of a special educational program:

    • Little Stoney Creek, (Bedford County, Virginia)

    • Rock Castle Creek, (Patrick County, Virginia)

    • Little Rock Castle Creek, (Patrick County, Virginia)

    • Mill Creek (Nelson County, Virginia)

  • Fishing in the following waters by means other than an artificial lure, unless authorized by the Superintendent as part of a special educational program:

    • Abbott Lake (Bedford County, VA)

    • Otter Lake (Amherst County, VA)

  • Retaining or failure to release and return to the water immediately any small mouth bass caught in Abbott Lake and Otter Lake.

  • Possessing or failing to return immediately and release any fish caught in the following waters is prohibited. These waters are designated "Catch and Release."

    • East Fork of Chestnut Creek and its tributaries (Grayson County & Carroll County, VA)

    • Mill Creek (Nelson County, VA)

    • Lower Boone Fork River between Price Lake Dam and the Parkway boundary (Watauga County, NC)

  • Possessing Trout under 10 inches in length while fishing in the following waters is prohibited

    • Little Stoney Creek (Bedford County, Virginia)

  • Possessing more than two fish while fishing on the following waters is prohibited

    • Little Stoney Creek (Bedford County, Virginia)

 

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