15A NCAC 10C .0407      PERMITTED SPECIAL DEVICES AND OPEN SEASONS

Except in designated public mountain trout waters, and in impounded waters located on the Sandhills Game Land, there is a year‑round open season for the licensed taking of nongame fishes by bow and arrow.  The use of special fishing devices, including crab pots in impoundments located entirely on game lands is prohibited. Seasons and waters in which the use of other special devices is authorized are indicated by counties below:

(1)           Alamance:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Alamance Creek below NC 49 bridge and Haw River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters;

(2)           Alexander:  July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters; and with spear guns in Lake Hickory and Lookout Shoals Reservoir;

(3)           Alleghany:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in New River, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(4)           Anson:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Pee Dee River below Blewett Falls Dam;

(c)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except Pee Dee River from Blewett Falls downstream to the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad trestle;

(5)           Ashe:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in New River (both forks), except designated public mountain trout waters;

(6)           Beaufort:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in the Pungo River, and in the Tar and Pamlico Rivers above Norfolk and Southern Railroad bridge; and with gigs in all inland public waters;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters;

(7)           Bertie:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in the Broad Creek (tributary of Roanoke);

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(8)           Bladen: 

(a)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Black River;

(b)           July 1 to March 1 with hand-crank electrofishers (local law) in Cape Fear River between Lock and Dam 1 and 3 and in Black River, except that hand-crank electrofishing is prohibited within 400 yards of Lock and Dam 1, 2, and 3 on Cape Fear River;

(9)           Brunswick: March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Alligator Creek, Hoods Creek, Indian Creek, Orton Creek below Orton Pond, Rices Creek, Sturgeon Creek and Town Creek;

(10)         Buncombe:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(11)         Burke:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except Johns River and designated public mountain trout waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps, gigs, and spear guns in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters and Lake James;

(12)         Cabarrus:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters,

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(13)         Caldwell:  July 1 to June 30 with traps, gigs, and spear guns in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(14)         Camden:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in all inland public waters;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(15)         Carteret:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters except South River and the tributaries of the White Oak River;

(16)         Caswell:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters;

(b)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except Moons Creek;

(c)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Hyco Reservoir;

(17)         Catawba:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except Catawba River below Lookout Dam;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps, spear guns, and gigs in all public waters;

(18)         Chatham:

(a)           December 1 to April 15 with dip and gill nets in the Cape Fear River, Deep River, Haw River and Rocky River (local law);

(b)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in the Cape Fear River, and Haw River;

(c)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Deep River; and with gigs in all public waters;

(19)         Cherokee:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(20)         Chowan:

(a)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(21)         Clay:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(22)         Cleveland:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs, traps and spear guns in all public waters;

(23)         Columbus:

(a)           December 1 to March 1 with gigs in all inland public waters, except Lake Waccamaw and its tributaries;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Livingston Creek;

(c)           July 1 to March 1 with hand-crank electrofishers (local law) in Waccamaw and Lumber rivers;

(24)         Craven:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in the main run of the Trent and Neuse Rivers;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, except Pitch Kettle, Grindle, Slocum (downstream of the US 70 bridge), Spring and Hancock Creeks and their tributaries; and with seines in the Neuse River;

(25)         Currituck:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Tulls Creek and Northwest River;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(26)         Dare:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Mashoes Creek, Milltail Creek, East Lake and South Lake;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(27)         Davidson:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, and with traps in all public waters except Leonard's Creek, Abbott's Creek below Lake Thom‑A‑Lex dam, and the Abbott's Creek arm of High Rock Lake upstream from the NC 8 bridge;

(28)         Davie:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(b)           July 1 to August 31 for taking only carp and suckers with seines in Dutchmans Creek from US 601 to Yadkin River and in Hunting Creek from SR 1338 to South Yadkin River;

(29)         Duplin: 

(a)           December 1 to June 5 with seines in the main run of the Northeast Cape Fear River downstream from a point one mile above Serecta Bridge;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in the main run of the Northeast Cape Fear River downstream from a point one mile above Serecta Bridge;

(30)         Durham:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Neuse River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters;

(31)         Edgecombe: March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all public waters;

(32)         Forsyth:  July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters, except traps may not be used in Belews Creek Reservoir;

(33)         Franklin:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Tar River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Parrish, Laurel Mill, Jackson, Clifton, Moore's and Perry's Ponds, and in the Franklinton City ponds;

(34)         Gaston:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs, traps and spear guns in all public waters;

(35)         Gates:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(36)         Graham:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(37)         Granville:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Kerr Reservoir;

(b)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in the Tar River below US 158 bridge;

(c)           July 1 to June 30 with dip and cast nets in Kerr Reservoir;

(38)         Greene:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets and reels in Contentnea Creek;

(39)         Guilford:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Haw River, Deep River below Jamestown Dam, and Reedy Fork Creek below US 29 bridge;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters;

(40)         Halifax:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Beech Swamp, Clarks Canal, Conoconnara Swamp, Fishing Creek below the Fishing Creek Mill Dam, Kehukee Swamp, Looking Glass Gut, Quankey Creek, and White's Mill Pond Run;

(41)         Harnett:

(a)           January 1 to May 31 with gigs in Cape Fear River and tributaries;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Cape Fear River;

(42)         Haywood:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Lake Junaluska and designated public mountain trout waters;

(43)         Henderson:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(44)         Hertford:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Wiccacon Creek;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(45)         Hyde:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in all inland waters;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(46)         Iredell:  July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters; and with spear guns in Lookout Shoals Reservoir and Lake Norman;

(47)         Jackson:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(48)         Johnston: March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Black Creek, Little River, Middle Creek, Mill Creek, Neuse River and Swift Creek;

(49)         Jones:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in the Trent River below US 17 bridge and White Oak River below US 17 bridge;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, except the tributaries to the White Oak River;

(50)         Lee:

(a)           December 1 to April 15 with dip and gill nets (local law) in Cape Fear River and Deep River;

(b)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Cape Fear River;

(c)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Deep River, and with gigs in all public waters;

(51)         Lenoir:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Neuse River below US 70 bridge at Kinston;

(b)           March 1 to April 30with bow nets in Neuse River and Contentnea Creek upstream from NC 118 bridge at Grifton; and with seines in Neuse River;

(52)         Lincoln:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps, gigs and spear guns in all public waters;

(53)         McDowell:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps, gigs, and spear guns in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters and Lake James;

(54)         Macon:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(55)         Madison:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(56)         Martin:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(57)         Mecklenburg:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps, gigs and spear guns in all public waters except Freedom Park Pond and Hornet's Nest Ponds;

(58)         Montgomery:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except that part of the Pee Dee River between the Lake Tillery dam at Hydro and the mouth of Rocky River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(59)         Moore:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters except in Deep River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except lakes located on the Sandhills Game Land; and with traps in Deep River and its tributaries;

(60)         Nash:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Tar River;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in the Tar River below Harris' Landing and Fishing Creek below the Fishing Creek Mill Dam;

(61)         New Hanover:  March 1 to April 30with bow nets in all inland public waters, except Sutton (Catfish) Lake;

(62)         Northampton:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Reservoirs and the Roanoke River above the US 301 bridge;

(b)           March 1 to April 30with bow nets in Occoneechee Creek, Old River Landing Gut and Vaughans Creek below Watsons Mill;

(63)         Onslow:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in White Oak River below US 17 bridge;

(b)           August 1 to March 31 with eel pots in the main run of New River between US 17 bridge and the mouth of Hawkins Creek;

(c)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in the main run of New River and in the main run of the White Oak River;

(d)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Grant's Creek;

(64)         Orange:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Haw River,

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters;

(65)         Pamlico:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, except Dawson Creek;

(66)         Pasquotank:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in all inland waters;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(67)         Pender:

(a)           December 1 to June 5 with seines in the main run of Northeast Cape Fear River;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in the Northeast Cape Fear River, Long Creek, Moore's Creek approximately one mile upstream to New Moon Fishing Camp, and Black River;

(c)           July 1 to March 1 with hand-crank electrofishers (local law) in Black River;

(68)         Perquimans:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in all inland waters;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding public lakes, ponds, and other impounded waters;

(69)         Person:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Hyco Creek and Mayo Creek;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters.

(70)         Pitt:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Neuse River and in Tar River below the mouth of Hardee Creek east of Greenville;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, except Grindle Creek, and Contentnea Creek between NC 118 bridge at Grifton and the Neuse River;

(c)           December 1 to June 5 with seines in Tar River;

(71)         Polk:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(72)         Randolph:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Deep River above the Coleridge Dam and Uwharrie River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters;

(73)         Richmond:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except Pee Dee River from Blewett Falls downstream to the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad trestle;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters, except lakes located on the Sandhills Game Land;

(c)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Pee Dee River below Blewett Falls Dam;

(74)         Robeson:  December 1 to March 1 with gigs in all inland public waters.

(75)         Rockingham:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Dan River and Haw River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Dan River; and with gigs in all public waters;

(76)         Rowan:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters,

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(77)         Rutherford:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps, gigs, and spear guns in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(78)         Sampson: 

(a)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Big Coharie Creek, Black River and Six Runs Creek;

(b)           July 1 to March 1 with hand-crank electrofishers (local law) in Black River downstream of NC 1105 bridge;

(79)         Stanly:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters, except that part of the Pee Dee River between the Lake Tillery dam at Hydro and the mouth of Rocky River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(80)         Stokes:  July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters, and traps may not be used in Belews Creek Reservoir;

(81)         Surry:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters; and with traps in the main stem of Yadkin River;

(82)         Swain:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(83)         Transylvania:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(84)         Tyrrell:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with traps in Scuppernong River and Alligator Creek;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding Lake Phelps, the drainage canals that connect Lake Phelps and Scuppernong River,  public lakes, ponds and other impounded waters;

(85)         Union:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in all running public waters,

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with traps and gigs in all public waters;

(86)         Vance:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in the Tar River;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Rolands, Faulkners, Southerlands, and Weldon Ponds, City Lake, and Kerr Reservoir;

(c)           July 1 to June 30 with dip and cast nets in Kerr Reservoir;

(87)         Wake:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Sunset, Benson, Wheeler, Raleigh, and Johnson Lakes;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in the Neuse River below Milburnie Dam, and Swift Creek below Lake Benson Dam;

(88)         Warren:

(a)           July 1 to August 31 with seines in Fishing Creek, Shocco Creek, and Walker Creek; excluding Duck and Hammes Mill Ponds;

(b)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, except Duck and Hammes Mill Ponds, Kerr Reservoir, and Gaston Reservoir;

(c)           July 1 to June 30 with dip and cast nets in Kerr Reservoir;

(89)         Washington:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in all inland public waters, excluding Lake Phelps, the drainage canals that connect Lake Phelps and Scuppernong River, public lakes, ponds and other impoundments.

(90)         Wayne:  March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Little River, Mill Creek and Neuse River.

(91)         Wilkes:  July 1 to June 30 with traps in Yadkin River below W. Kerr Scott Reservoir; and with gigs and spear guns in all public waters, except designated public mountain trout waters;

(92)         Wilson:

(a)           July 1 to June 30 with gigs in Contentnea Creek (except Buckhorn Reservoir), including unnamed tributaries between Flowers Mill and SR 1163 (Deans) bridge;

(b)           March 1 to April 30 with bow nets in Contentnea Creek below US 301 bridge and in Toisnot Swamp downstream from the Lake Toisnot Dam;

(93)         Yadkin:  July 1 to June 30 with gigs in all public waters, and with traps in the main stem of Yadkin River.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑276; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 29, 1988;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1993;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000; July 1, 1998; July 1, 1996; December 1, 1995; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1994; June 1, 1994;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2002; July 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2002 (approved by RRC on 06/21/01 and 04/18/02);

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2015; May 1, 2007; June 1, 2005; August 1, 2004.