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)

  • 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)

      • The Superintendent, having consulted with appropriate State agencies as required by 36 CFR, establishes fishing limitations and closures to protect fishery and other natural resources, conduct ongoing research in cooperation with State agencies, provide flexibility in managing fishery resources and provide for visitor safety. Fishing licenses issued by the State of North Carolina or the Commonwealth of Virginia are valid on all Parkway waters, in accordance with memoranda of concurrent jurisdiction with both states.
      • Additional fishing regulations are located in 36 CFR 2.3 and 36 CFR 7.34
 

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