RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources
Commission is clarifying that the section of Linville River below
the Lake James powerhouse from the upstream bridge on S.R. 1223 to
Muddy Creek is the only section that will not be stocked this year.
This area is known locally as “powerhouse” or “Bridgewater.”
The sections of the Linville River in Avery County and the Blue
Ridge Parkway will receive stockings this season as planned.
The hatchery-supported section of the river is not being stocked
because of continuing work by Duke Energy to repair the dams on
Lake James, which has resulted in water levels too low to sustain
stockings. Commission biologists will resume stocking the
hatchery-supported section starting March 2012. Until then, anglers
can visit other hatchery-supported trout waters nearby. These
include Henry River in Burke County, Wilson Creek and Yadkin River
in Happy Valley in Caldwell County, Rocky Broad River in Rutherford
County, and Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk, in Avery County.
Anglers who want to fish other hatchery-supported waters in all
26 western North Carolina counties can download and print
color-coded trout maps from the Commission’s website. The North
Carolina Trout Fishing Maps book can be purchased from the N.C.
Wild Store for $12.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit