RALEIGH, N.C.— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has voted on proposed rule changes to state fisheriesregulations that become effective Aug. 1, 2017. Wildlife commissioners approved fishing proposals that will add 40 miles of wild trout waters to the agency's Public Mountain Trout Waters program — 10 miles on Rendezvous Mountain State Forest Game Land in Wilkes County and 30 miles on Stone Mountain State Park in Alleghany County. The addition of these wild trout waters brings the total number of miles in the Public Mountain Trout Waters program to more than 5,300 miles.
Of the 39 proposed rule changes, one proposal that was not approved would have prohibited the use of archery equipment for taking nongame fishes on a section of Lake James. This proposed change was designed to protect muskellunge during the spawning season. After hearing from constituents, wildlife commissioners recognized that stakeholders are working together to resolve those issues outside of rule changes and instead through angler education and signage on the lake.