SUBCHAPTER 10C ‑ INLAND FISHING REGULATIONS

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ JURISDICTION OF AGENCIES: CLASSIFICATION OF WATERS

 

15A NCAC 10C .0101      SCOPE AND PURPOSE

The following rules pertain to the classification of the waters of North Carolina as coastal fishing waters, inland fishing waters and joint fishing waters.  These rules are adopted jointly by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission.  In addition to the classification of the waters of the state these joint rules set forth guidelines to determine which fishing activities in joint waters are regulated by the Marine Fisheries Commission and which are regulated by the Wildlife Resources Commission.  Finally, the joint rules set forth special fishing regulations applicable in joint waters that can be enforced by officers of the division of marine fisheries and the Wildlife Resources Commission.  These regulations do not affect the jurisdiction of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission in any matters other than those specifically set out.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑132; 113‑136;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1977.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0102      INLAND FISHING WATERS

Inland fishing waters are all inland waters except private ponds; and all waters connecting with or tributary to coastal sounds or the ocean extending inland from the dividing line between coastal fishing waters and inland fishing waters agreed upon by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission.  All waters which are tributary to inland fishing waters and which are not otherwise designated by agreement between the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission are inland fishing waters.  The regulation and licensing of fishing in inland fishing waters is under the jurisdiction of the Wildlife Resources Commission.  Regulations and laws administered by the Wildlife Resources Commission regarding fishing in inland fishing waters are enforced by wildlife enforcement officers.

Note:  A private pond is a body of water arising within and lying wholly upon the lands of a single owner or a single group of joint owners or tenants in common, and from which fish cannot escape, and into which fish of legal size cannot enter from public waters at any time.  This does not include any impoundment located on land owned by a public body or governmental entity.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑129; 113‑132;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1977.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0103      COASTAL FISHING WATERS

Coastal fishing waters are the Atlantic Ocean, the various coastal sounds, and estuarine waters up to the dividing line between coastal fishing waters and inland fishing waters agreed upon by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission.  All waters which are tributary to coastal fishing waters and which are not otherwise designated by agreement between the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission are coastal fishing waters.  The regulations and licensing of fishing in coastal fishing waters is under the jurisdiction of the Marine Fisheries Commission; except that inland game fish (exclusive of spotted sea trout, red drum, flounder, white perch, yellow perch, weakfish, and striped bass) are subject to regulations by the Wildlife Resources Commission in coastal fishing waters.  Regulations and laws administered by the Marine Fisheries Commission regarding fishing in coastal waters are enforced by marine fisheries inspectors.  Regulations regarding inland game fish in coastal waters are enforced by wildlife protectors unless otherwise agreed to by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑129; 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1991; January 1, 1977.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0104      JOINT FISHING WATERS

Joint fishing waters are those coastal fishing waters, hereinafter set out, denominated by agreement of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission pursuant to G.S. 113‑132(e) as joint fishing waters.  All waters which are tributary to joint fishing waters and which are not otherwise designated by agreement between the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission are classified as joint fishing waters.  The regulation and licensing of fishing in joint waters shall be as stated in 15A NCAC 10C .0106.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1977.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0105      POSTING DIVIDING LINES

The dividing lines of all major bodies of water and watercourses which are divided by the agreement of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission so that portions of the same are constituted inland fishing waters, coastal fishing waters, or joint fishing waters shall be marked with signs insofar as may be practicable.  Unmarked and undesignated tributaries shall have the same classification as the designated waters to which they connect or into which they flow.  No unauthorized removal or relocation of any such marker shall have the effect of changing the classification of any body of water or portion thereof, nor shall any such unauthorized removal or relocation or the absence of any marker affect the applicability of any regulations pertaining to any such body of water or portion thereof.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134;

Eff. January 1, 1977.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0106      APPLICABILITY OF REGULATIONS: JOINT WATERS

(a)  All coastal fishing laws and regulations administered by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources and the Marine Fisheries Commission apply to joint waters except as otherwise provided, and shall be enforced by fisheries enforcement officers.

(b)  The following inland fishing laws and regulations administered by the Wildlife Resources Commission apply to joint waters and shall be enforced by wildlife enforcement officers:

(1)           all laws and regulations pertaining to inland game fishes,

(2)           all laws and regulations pertaining to inland fishing license requirements for hook and line fishing,

(3)           all laws and regulations pertaining to hook and line fishing except as hereinafter provided.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑271; 113‑275; 113‑292;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1990; April 15, 1979.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0107      SPECIAL REGULATIONS: JOINT WATERS

In order to effectively manage all fisheries resources in joint waters and in order to confer enforcement powers on both fisheries enforcement officers and wildlife enforcement officers with respect to certain rules, the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission deem it necessary to adopt special rules for joint waters. Such rules supersede any inconsistent rules of the Marine Fisheries Commission or the Wildlife Resources Commission that would otherwise be applicable in joint waters under the provisions of 15A NCAC 10C .0106:

(1)           Striped Bass

(a)           It is unlawful to possess any striped bass or striped bass hybrid that is less than 18 inches long (total length).

(b)           It is unlawful to possess striped bass or striped bass hybrids between the lengths of 22 and 27 inches (total length) in joint fishing waters of the Central Southern Management Area as designated in 15A NCAC 03R .0201.

(c)           It is unlawful to possess striped bass or striped bass hybrids May through September in the joint fishing waters of the Central Southern Management Area and the Albemarle Sound Management Area.

(d)           It is unlawful to possess striped bass or striped bass hybrids taken from the joint fishing waters of the Cape Fear River.

(e)           It is unlawful to possess more than one daily creel limit of striped bass or striped bass hybrids, in the aggregate, per person per day, regardless of the number of management areas fished.

(f)            Possession of fish shall be assessed for the creel and size limits of the management area in which the individual is found to be fishing, regardless of the size or creel limits for other management areas visited by that individual in a given day.

(g)           It is unlawful to engage in net fishing for striped bass or their hybrids in joint waters except as authorized by rules of the Marine Fisheries Commission.

(2)           Lake Mattamuskeet

(a)           It is unlawful to set or attempt to set any gill net in Lake Mattamuskeet canals designated as joint waters.

(b)           It is unlawful to use or attempt to use any trawl net or seines in Lake Mattamuskeet canals designated as joint waters.

(3)           Cape Fear River.  It is unlawful to use or attempt to use any net, net stakes or electrical fishing device within 800 feet of the dam at Lock No. 1 on the Cape Fear River.

(4)           Shad:  It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑138; 113‑292;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2008; May 1, 2005; August 1, 2000; July 1, 1993; November 1, 1991; January 1, 1991; August 1, 1985.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0108      SPECIFIC CLASSIFICATION OF WATERS

The several sounds and estuarine and tributary waters all or portions of which are specifically classified as inland, joint, or coastal fishing waters by agreement of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission are listed in the regulations of the Marine Fisheries Commission under 15A NCAC 3Q .0200 and such list and classification is incorporated herein by reference, shall include any later amendments, and is made a part of this Section to the same extent as if the same were fully set forth herein.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑129; 113‑132; 113‑134; 150B‑14;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1993; January 1, 1981; January 1, 1978.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0109      PROTECTION OF SEA TURTLES

Pursuant to a cooperative agreement entered into on the fifth day of February, 1979, by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, the Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Wildlife Resources Commission, the Wildlife Resources Commission will exercise regulatory jurisdiction over any species of sea turtles, and their eggs and nests, consistent with designation of such species as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  As provided by said agreement, the law enforcement officers of both the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission have jurisdiction to enforce any state laws and regulations, including those contained in 15A NCAC 10I, relating to endangered or threatened species of sea turtles and their eggs and nests.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑138; 113‑181; 113‑182; 113‑224; 113‑305;

Eff. April 29, 1979;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1990.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0110      MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ESTUARINE STRIPED BASS IN JOINT WATERS

(a)  The management areas for estuarine striped bass fisheries in coastal North Carolina are designated in 15A NCAC 03R .0201.

(b)  In order to effectively manage the recreational hook and line harvest in joint waters of the Albemarle Sound-Roanoke River stock of striped bass, the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Resources Commission deem it necessary to establish two management areas: the Albemarle Sound Management Area and the Roanoke River Management Area as designated in 15A NCAC 03R .0201.  The Wildlife Resources Commission shall have principal management responsibility for the stock when it is in the joint and inland fishing waters of the Roanoke River Management Area.  The Marine Fisheries Commission shall have principal management responsibility for the stock in the coastal, joint and inland waters of the Albemarle Sound Management Area.  The annual quota for recreational harvest of the Albemarle Sound‑Roanoke River striped bass stock shall be divided equally between the two management areas. Each Commission shall implement management actions for recreational harvest within their respective management areas that shall be consistent with the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑138; 113‑292;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0111      IMPLEMENTATION OF ESTUARINE STRIPED BASS MANAGEMENT PLANS: RECREATIONAL FISHING

The Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Commissions shall implement their respective striped bass management plans for recreational fishing pursuant to their respective rulemaking powers.  To preserve jurisdictional authority of each Commission, the following means are established through which management measures can be implemented by a single instrument in the following management areas:

(1)           In the Roanoke River Management Area, the exclusive authority to open and close seasons and areas and establish size and creel limits, whether inland or joint fishing waters, shall be vested in the Wildlife Resources Commission.  An instrument closing any management area in joint waters shall operate as a jointly issued instrument opening or closing seasons or areas to harvest in the Roanoke River Management Area.

(2)           In the Albemarle Sound Management Area, the exclusive authority to open and close seasons and areas and establish size and creel limits, whether coastal or joint fishing waters shall be vested in the Marine Fisheries Commission.  The season shall close by Marine Fisheries Commission proclamation if the quota is about to be exceeded.  In the Albemarle Sound Management Area administered by the Marine Fisheries Commission, a proclamation affecting the harvest in joint and coastal waters, excluding the Roanoke River Management Area shall automatically be implemented and effective as a Wildlife Resources Commission action in the inland waters and tributaries to the waters affected.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134; 113‑138; 113‑292;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2005.

 

SECTION .0200 ‑ GENERAL REGULATIONS

 

15A NCAC 10C .0201      IDENTIFICATION

It is unlawful to fish without having on one's person a means of identification indicating the current residence of such person.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑276.1;

Eff. February 1, 1976.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0202      FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0203      RECIPROCAL LICENSE AGREEMENTS

(a)  Virginia. In accordance with a reciprocal license agreement between the States of Virginia and North Carolina, all valid licenses and permits authorizing sport fishing and legally obtained from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, or the duly authorized agents of either, shall be reciprocally honored for fishing by means of rod and reel, hook and line, casting, or trotline in the Dan River east of the Union Street Dam at Danville, and east of the mouth of Difficult Creek on the Staunton River arm of Kerr Reservoir to the Gaston Dam on the Roanoke River, including all tributary waters lying in either Virginia or North Carolina that are accessible by boat from the main bodies of the Kerr and Gaston Reservoirs, or from the Island Creek subimpoundment. Senior citizen and juvenile license exemptions authorized by either state shall be honored by both states. In addition, all valid fishing licenses and permits legally obtained from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, or the duly authorized agents of either, shall be reciprocally honored for fishing with rod and reel, hook and line, or by casting in that portion of the New River between the confluence of the North and South forks of the New River in North Carolina (Alleghany County) and the confluence of the New and Little Rivers in Virginia (Grayson County).

(b)  Georgia. In accordance with a reciprocal license agreement between the States of North Carolina and Georgia, all valid statewide fishing licenses, permits, and license exemptions required by and legally obtained from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, or duly authorized agents of either, shall be reciprocally honored for the purposes of fishing with hook and line in all of Chatuge Reservoir including all tributary waters lying in either Georgia or North Carolina that are accessible by boat from the main body of Chatuge Reservoir. All persons fishing in the waters of Chatuge Reservoir beyond the bounds of the state from which they hold a valid fishing license, shall be authorized to fish with said license only from boats not anchored to the shore or to a pier or boat dock connecting to the shore.

(c)  Tennessee. In accordance with a reciprocal license agreement between the States of North Carolina and Tennessee, all valid statewide fishing licenses obtained from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, or the duly authorized agents of either, shall be reciprocally honored for the purposes of fishing with hook and line or fishing in designated mountain trout waters, in that portion of Slick Rock Creek that coincides with the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee and in all of Calderwood Reservoir.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-275; 113-304;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2017; August 1, 2014; July 1, 1998; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1991.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0204      DRAINING IMPOUNDED PUBLIC WATERS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑274;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0205      PUBLIC MOUNTAIN TROUT WATERS

(a)  For purposes of this Rule, the following definitions apply:

(1)           "Natural bait" means any living or dead organism (plant or animal), or parts thereof, or prepared substances designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.

(2)           "Artificial lure" means a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated by any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

(3)           "Youth anglers" are individuals under 18 years of age.

(b)  For purposes of this Rule, 15A NCAC 10C .0316, and 15A NCAC 10D .0104, the following classifications apply:

(1)           "Public Mountain Trout Waters" are all waters included in this Rule and so designated in 15A NCAC 10D .0104.

(2)           "Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters" are Public Mountain Trout Waters where only artificial flies having one single hook may be used. No trout may be possessed or harvested while fishing these streams. Waters designated as such include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(3)           "Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters" are Public Mountain Trout Waters where only artificial lures having one single hook may be used. No trout may be possessed or harvested while fishing these streams. Waters designated as such include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(4)           "Delayed Harvest Trout Waters" are Public Mountain Trout Waters where between October 1 and one-half hour after sunset on the Friday before the first Saturday of the following June it is unlawful to possess natural bait, use more than one single hook on an artificial lure, or harvest or possess trout while fishing. From 6:00 a.m. on the first Saturday in June until noon that same day only youth anglers may fish and these waters have no bait or lure restrictions. From noon on the first Saturday in June until October 1 anglers of all ages may fish and these waters have no bait or lure restrictions. Waters designated as such do not include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(5)           "Hatchery Supported Trout Waters" are Public Mountain Trout Waters that have no bait or lure restrictions. Waters designated as such do not include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(6)           "Special Regulation Trout Waters" are Public Mountain Trout Waters where watercourse-specific regulations apply. Waters designated as such do not include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(7)           "Wild Trout Waters" are Public Mountain Trout Waters which are identified as such in this Rule or 15A NCAC 10D .0104. Only artificial lures having only one single hook may be used. No person shall possess natural bait while fishing these waters. Waters designated as such do not include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(8)           "Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait" are Public Mountain Trout Waters where all artificial lures and natural baits, except live fish, may be used provided they are fished using only one single hook. Waters designated as such include tributaries unless otherwise noted.

(9)           "Undesignated Waters" are all other waters in the State. These waters have no bait or lure restrictions. Trout may not be possessed while fishing these waters from March 1 until 7:00 a.m. on the first Saturday in April.

(c)  Seasons, creel and size limits. Seasons, creel and size limits for trout in all waters are listed in Rule .0316 of this Subchapter.

(d)  Classifications. This Paragraph designates waters in each county that have a specific classification. Waters on game lands are so designated in 15A NCAC 10D .0104, unless otherwise indicated in this Paragraph. All other waters are classified as Undesignated Waters.

(1)           Alleghany

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Little River (S.R. 1133 bridge to 275 yards downstream of the intersection of S.R. 1128 and S.R. 1129 [marked by a sign on each bank])

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Big Pine Creek

Bledsoe Creek

Brush Creek (N.C. 21 bridge to confluence with Little River, except where posted against trespassing)

Cranberry Creek

(Big) Glade Creek

Little River (275 yards downstream from the intersection of S.R. 1128 and S.R. 1129 [marked by a sign on each bank] to McCann Dam)

Meadow Fork

Pine Swamp Creek

Piney Fork

Prathers Creek

(C)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

All waters located on Stone Mountain State Park

(2)           Ashe County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Big Horse Creek (Virginia state line to Mud Creek at S.R. 1363, excluding tributaries)

(B)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Big Horse Creek (S.R. 1324 bridge to North Fork New River)

Helton Creek (Virginia state line to New River)

South Fork New River (upstream end of Todd Island to the SR 1351 bridge)

Trout Lake

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Beaver Creek (N.C. 221 to confluence of Beaver Creek and South Beaver Creek)

Big Horse Creek (Mud Creek at S.R. 1363 to S.R. 1324 bridge)

Big Laurel Creek (S.R. 1315 bridge to confluence with North Fork New River)

Buffalo Creek (S.R. 1133 bridge to N.C. 194-88 bridge)

Cranberry Creek (Alleghany Co. line to South Fork New River)

Nathans Creek

North Fork New River (Watauga Co. line to Sharp Dam)

Old Fields Creek (N.C. 221 to South Fork New River)

Peak Creek (headwaters to Trout Lake, except Blue Ridge Parkway waters)

Roan Creek

Three Top Creek

(3)           Avery County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Elk River (portion on Lees-McRae College property, excluding the millpond)

Lost Cove Creek (game land portion, excluding Gragg Prong and Rockhouse Creek)

(B)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Wilson Creek (game land portion)

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Boyde Coffey Lake

Elk River (S.R. 1305 crossing immediately upstream of Big Falls to the Tennessee state line)

Linville River (Land Harbor line [below dam] to the Blue Ridge Parkway boundary line, except where posted against trespassing)

Milltimber Creek

North Toe River — upper (Watauga St. to Roby Shoemaker Wetlands and Family Recreational Park, except where posted against trespassing)

North Toe River — lower (S.R. 1164 to Mitchell Co. line, except where posted against trespassing)

Squirrel Creek

Wildcat Lake

(D)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Birchfield Creek

Cow Camp Creek

Cranberry Creek (headwaters to U.S. 19E/N.C. 194 bridge)

Gragg Prong

Horse Creek

Kentucky Creek

North Harper Creek

Plumtree Creek

Roaring Creek

Rockhouse Creek

Shawneehaw Creek (portion adjacent to Banner Elk Greenway)

South Harper Creek

Webb Prong

(4)           Buncombe County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Carter Creek (game land portion)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Bent Creek (headwaters to N.C. Arboretum boundary line)

Cane Creek (headwaters to S.R. 3138 bridge)

Corner Rock Creek (Little Andy Creek to confluence with Walker Branch)

Dillingham Creek (Corner Rock Creek to Ivy Creek)

Ivy Creek (Ivy River) (Dillingham Creek to U.S. 19-23 bridge)

Lake Powhatan

Reems Creek (Sugar Camp Fork to U.S. 19-23 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

Rich Branch (downstream from the confluence with Rocky Branch)

Stony Creek

Swannanoa (S.R. 2702 bridge near Ridgecrest to Wood Avenue bridge [intersection of N.C. 81 and U.S. 74A in Asheville], except where posted against trespassing)

(5)           Burke County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Henry Fork (portion on South Mountains State Park)

(B)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Jacob Fork (Shinny Creek to lower South Mountains State Park boundary)

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Carroll Creek (game land portion above S.R. 1405)

Henry Fork (lower South Mountain State Park line downstream to S.R. 1919 at Ivy Creek)

Linville River portion within Linville Gorge Wilderness area and portion below Lake James powerhouse from upstream bridge on S.R. 1223 to Muddy Creek)

(D)          Special Regulation Trout Waters are as follows:

Catawba River (Muddy Creek to City of Morganton water intake dam)

(E)           Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

All waters located on South Mountains State Park, except those waters identified in parts A and B of this Subparagraph

(6)           Caldwell County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Wilson Creek (game land portion below Lost Cove Creek to Philips Branch)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Boone Fork Pond

Buffalo Creek (mouth of Joes Creek to McCloud Branch)

Joes Creek (first falls upstream of S.R. 1574 to confluence with Buffalo Creek)

Wilson Creek (Phillips Branch to Brown Mountain Beach Dam, except where posted against trespassing)

Yadkin River (Happy Valley Ruritan Community Park to S.R. 1515)

(C)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Buffalo Creek (Watauga Co. line to Long Ridge Branch including game land tributaries)

Joes Creek (Watauga Co. line to first falls upstream of the end of S.R. 1574)

Rockhouse Creek

(7)           Cherokee County

(A)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Davis Creek (confluence of Bald and Dockery creeks to Hanging Dog Creek)

Hyatt Creek (Big Dam Branch to Valley River)

Junaluska Creek (Ashturn Creek to Valley River)

Shuler Creek (Joe Brown Hwy [S.R. 1325] bridge to Tennessee state line)

Valley River (S.R. 1359 to U.S. 19 Business bridge in Murphy)

(B)          Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

Bald Creek (game land portion)

Dockery Creek (game land portion)

North Shoal Creek (game land portion)

(8)           Clay County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Fires Creek (USFS Rd. 340A to the foot bridge in the USFS Fires Creek Picnic Area)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Buck Creek (game land portion downstream of U.S. 64 bridge)

Fires Creek (foot bridge in the USFS Fires Creek Picnic Area to S.R. 1300)

Tusquitee Creek (Compass Creek to lower S.R. 1300 bridge)

(9)           Graham County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

(Big) Snowbird Creek (USFS footbridge at the old railroad junction to USFS Rd. 2579)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Calderwood Reservoir (Cheoah Dam to Tennessee state line)

Cheoah Reservoir

Panther Creek (confluence of Stand Creek and Rock Creek to Lake Fontana)

Santeetlah Creek (Johns Branch to Lake Santeetlah)

(Big) Snowbird Creek (USFS Road 2579 to S.R. 1127 bridge)

Stecoah Creek (upper game land boundary to Lake Fontana)

Tulula Creek (S.R. 1201 to lower bridge on S.R. 1275)

West Buffalo Creek

Yellow Creek (Lake Santeetlah hydropower pipeline to Cheoah River)

(C)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Little Buffalo Creek

South Fork Squally Creek

Squally Creek

(D)          Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

Deep Creek

Franks Creek

Long Creek (game land portion)

(10)         Haywood County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

West Fork Pigeon River (Queen Creek to the first game land boundary upstream of Lake Logan)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Cold Springs Creek (Fall Branch to Pigeon River)

Jonathan Creek (upstream S.R. 1302 bridge to Pigeon River, except where posted against trespassing)

Pigeon River (Stamey Cove Branch to upstream U.S. 19-23 bridge)

Richland Creek (Russ Avenue [U.S. 276] bridge to U.S. 19 bridge)

West Fork Pigeon River (Tom Creek to Queen Creek, including portions on game lands, except Middle Prong)

(C)          Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

Hemphill Creek

Hurricane Creek

(11)         Henderson County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

North Fork Mills River (game land portion below the Hendersonville watershed dam)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

(Rocky) Broad River (end of S.R. 1611 to Rutherford County line)

Cane Creek (railroad bridge upstream of S.R. 1551 bridge to U.S. 25 bridge)

Clear Creek (Laurel Fork to S.R. 1582)

Green River (Lake Summit powerhouse to game land boundary)

(Big) Hungry River

(12)         Jackson County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Flat Creek

Tuckasegee River (upstream from the Clark property)

(B)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Tuckasegee River (downstream N.C. 107 bridge to the falls located 275 yards upstream of the U.S. 23-441 bridge [marked by a sign on each bank])

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Balsam Lake

Bear Creek Lake

Cedar Cliff Lake

Cullowhee Creek (Tilley Creek to Tuckasegee River)

Dark Ridge Creek (Jones Creek to Scott Creek)

Greens Creek (Greens Creek Baptist Church on S.R. 1370 to Savannah Creek)

Savannah Creek (Shell Branch to Cagle Branch)

Scott Creek (Dark Ridge Creek to Tuckasegee River, except where posted against trespassing)

Tanasee Creek Lake

Tuckasegee River — upper (John Brown Branch to the downstream N.C. 107 bridge)

Tuckasegee River — lower (falls located 275 yards upstream of U.S. 23-441 bridge [marked by a sign on each bank] to S.R. 1534 bridge at Wilmot)

Wolf Creek Lake

(D)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Gage Creek

North Fork Scott Creek

Tanasee Creek

Whitewater River (downstream from Silver Run Creek to South Carolina state line)

Wolf Creek (except Balsam Lake and Wolf Creek Lake)

(E)           Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

Buff Creek

Chattooga River (S.R. 1100 bridge to the South Carolina state line)

Lower Fowler Creek (game land portion)

Scotsman Creek (game land portion)

(13)         Macon County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Nantahala River (Whiteoak Creek to Nantahala hydropower discharge canal)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Burningtown Creek (Left Prong to Little Tennessee River)

Cartoogechaye Creek (downstream U.S. 64 bridge to Little Tennessee River)

Cliffside Lake

Cullasaja River (Sequoyah Dam to U.S. 64 bridge near junction of S.R. 1672)

Nantahala River — upper (Dicks Creek to Whiteoak Creek)

Nantahala River — lower (Nantahala hydropower discharge canal to Swain Co. line)

Queens Creek Lake

(C)          Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

Chattooga River (S.R. 1100 bridge to South Carolina state line)

Jarrett Creek (game land portion)

Kimsey Creek

Overflow Creek (game land portion)

Park Creek

Tellico Creek (game land portion)

Turtle Pond Creek (game land portion)

(14)         Madison County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Big Laurel Creek (N.C. 208 bridge to the U.S. 25-70 bridge)

Shelton Laurel Creek (N.C. 208 bridge at Belva to the confluence with Big Laurel Creek)

Spring Creek (N.C. 209 bridge at Hot Springs city limits to iron bridge at end of Andrews Ave.)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Big Laurel Creek (Mars Hill watershed boundary to the S.R. 1318 [Big Laurel Rd.] bridge downstream of Bearpen Branch)

Big Pine Creek (S.R. 1151 bridge to French Broad River)

Little Ivy Creek (confluence of Middle Fork and Paint Fork at Beech Glen to confluence with Ivy Creek at Forks of Ivy)

Max Patch Pond

Meadow Fork Creek (S.R. 1165 to Spring Creek)

Puncheon Fork (Hampton Creek to Big Laurel Creek)

Roaring Fork (Fall Branch to Meadow Fork)

Shelton Laurel Creek (confluence of Big Creek and Mill Creek to N.C. 208 bridge at Belva)

Shut-in Creek

Spillcorn Creek

Spring Creek (junction of N.C. 209 and N.C. 63 to USFS Rd. 223)

West Fork Shut-in Creek (lower game land boundary to confluence with East Fork Shut-in Creek)

(C)          Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

Big Creek (headwaters to the lower game land boundary)

(15)         McDowell County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Newberry Creek (game land portion)

(B)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Catawba River (portion adjacent to Marion Greenway)

Curtis Creek (game land portion downstream of the USFS boundary at Deep Branch)

Mill Creek (U.S. 70 bridge to I-40 bridge)

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Armstrong Creek (Cato Holler line downstream to upper Greenlee line)

Catawba River (Catawba Falls Campground to Old Fort Recreation Park)

Little Buck Creek (game land portion)

Mill Creek (upper railroad bridge to U.S. 70 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

North Fork Catawba River (headwaters to North Cove School at S.R. 1569 bridge)

(16)         Mitchell County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Cane Creek (N.C. 226 bridge to S.R. 1189 bridge)

North Toe River (U.S. 19E bridge to N.C. 226 bridge)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Big Rock Creek (headwaters to N.C. 226 bridge at S.R. 1307 intersection)

Cane Creek (S.R. 1219 to N.C. 226 bridge)

East Fork Grassy Creek

Grassy Creek (East Fork Grassy Creek to mouth)

Little Rock Creek (Green Creek bridge to Big Rock Creek, except where posted against trespassing)

North Toe River (Avery Co. line to S.R. 1121 bridge)

(C)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Green Creek (headwaters to Green Creek bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

Little Rock Creek (above Green Creek bridge, including all tributaries, except where posted against trespassing)

Wiles Creek (game land boundary to mouth)

(17)         Polk County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Green River (Fishtop Falls Access Area to the confluence with Cove Creek)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Green River (Mouth of Cove Creek to the natural gas pipeline crossing)

North Pacolet River (Joels Creek to N.C. 108 bridge)

(18)         Rutherford County

(A)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

(Rocky) Broad River (Henderson Co. line to U.S. 64/74 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

(19)         Stokes County

(A)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Dan River (Virginia state line downstream to a point 200 yards below the end of S.R. 1421)

(20)         Surry County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Ararat River (portion adjacent to the Ararat River Greenway)

Mitchell River (.6 mile upstream of the end of S.R. 1333 to the S.R. 1330 bridge below Kapps Mill Dam)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Ararat River (S.R. 1727 bridge downstream to the N.C. 103 bridge)

Big Elkin Creek (dam 440 yards upstream of N.C. 268 bridge to a point 265 yards downstream of N.C. 268 [marked by a sign on each bank])

Fisher River (Cooper Creek) (Virginia state line to I-77 bridge)

Little Fisher River (Virginia state line to N.C. 89 bridge)

Lovills Creek (U.S. 52 Business bridge to Ararat River)

Pauls Creek (Virginia state line to .3 miles below S.R. 1625 bridge)

(21)         Swain County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Waters Trout Waters are as follows:

Tuckasegee River (U.S. 19 bridge to Slope Street bridge)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Alarka Creek (game land boundary to Fontana Reservoir)

Calderwood Reservoir (Cheoah Dam to Tennessee state line)

Cheoah Reservoir

Connelly Creek (Camp Branch to Tuckasegee River)

Deep Creek (Great Smoky Mountains National Park Boundary line to Tuckasegee River)

Nantahala River (Macon Co. line to existing Fontana Lake water level)

(22)         Transylvania County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Davidson River (headwaters to Avery Creek, excluding Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek and Grogan Creek)

(B)          Delayed Harvest Waters Trout Waters are as follows:

East Fork French Broad River (East Fork Baptist Church to French Broad River)

Little River (confluence of Lake Dense to 100 yards downstream of Hooker Falls)

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Davidson River (Avery Creek to lower USFS boundary)

French Broad River (confluence of North Fork French Broad River and West Fork) French Broad River to the Island Ford Rd. [S.R. 1110] Access Area

Middle Fork French Broad River (upstream U.S. 178 bridge to French Broad River)

West Fork French Broad River (Camp Cove Branch to confluence with North Fork French Broad River)

(D)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

All waters located on Gorges State Park

Whitewater River (downstream from Silver Run Creek to South Carolina state line)

(E)           Wild Trout Waters/Natural Bait are as follows:

North Fork French Broad River (game land portion downstream of S.R. 1326)

Thompson River (S.R. 1152 to South Carolina state line, except where posted against trespassing)

(23)         Watauga County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters are as follows:

Laurel Creek (confluence of North and South Fork Laurel creeks to Elk Creek, excluding tributaries)

Pond Creek (headwaters to Locust Ridge Rd. bridge, excluding the pond adjacent to Coffee Lake)

(B)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Lake Coffey

Watauga River (adjacent to intersection of S.R. 1557 and S.R. 1558 to N.C. 105 bridge and S.R. 1114 bridge to N.C. 194 bridge at Valle Crucis)

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Beaverdam Creek (confluence of Beaverdam Creek and Little Beaverdam Creek to an unnamed tributary adjacent to the intersection of S.R. 1201 and S.R. 1203)

Beech Creek

Buckeye Creek (Buckeye Creek Reservoir dam to Grassy Gap Creek)

Buckeye Creek Reservoir

Cove Creek (S.R. 1233 bridge at Zionville to S.R. 1214 bridge at Sherwood)

Dutch Creek (second bridge on S.R. 1134 to mouth)

Elk Creek (S.R. 1510 bridge at Triplett to Wilkes Co. line, except where posted against trespassing)

Laurel Creek (S.R. 1123 bridge at S.R. 1157 intersection to Watauga River)

Meat Camp Creek (S.R. 1340 bridge at S.R. 1384 intersection to N.C. 194)

Middle Fork New River (adjacent to intersection of S.R. 1539 and U.S. 321 to South Fork New River)

Norris Fork Creek

South Fork New River (canoe launch 70 yards upstream of U.S. 421 bridge to lower boundary of Brookshire Park)

Stony Fork (S.R. 1500 bridge at S.R. 1505 intersection to Wilkes Co.line)

(D)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Dutch Creek (headwaters to second bridge on S.R. 1134)

Howard Creek

Maine Branch (headwaters to North Fork New River)

North Fork New River (from confluence with Maine and Mine branches to Ashe Co. line)

Watauga River (Avery Co. line to S.R. 1580 bridge)

Winkler Creek (lower bridge on S.R. 1549 to confluence with South Fork New River)

(24)         Wilkes County

(A)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

East Prong Roaring River (Bullhead Creek downstream to Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary)

Elk Creek — upper (Watauga Co. line to lower boundary of the Blue Ridge Mountain Club)

Elk Creek — lower (portion on Leatherwood Mountains development)

Reddies River (Town of North Wilkesboro water intake dam to confluence with the Yadkin River)

Stone Mountain Creek (from falls at Alleghany Co. line to confluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek)

(B)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Basin Creek (S.R. 1730 bridge to confluence with Lovelace Creek)

Bell Branch Pond

Cub Creek (.5 mile upstream of S.R. 2460 bridge to S.R. 1001 bridge)

Darnell Creek (North Prong Reddies River) (downstream ford on S.R. 1569 to confluence with North Fork Reddies River)

East Prong Roaring River (Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary to S.R. 1002 bridge)

Fall Creek (S.R. 1300 bridge to confluence with South Prong Lewis Fork, except where posted against trespassing)

Middle Fork Reddies River (Clear Prong) (headwaters to bridge on S.R. 1580)

Middle Prong Roaring River (headwaters to bridge on S.R. 1736)

North Fork Reddies River (Vannoy Creek) (headwaters to Union School bridge on S.R. 1559)

Pike Creek

Pike Creek Pond

South Fork Reddies River (S.R. 1355 bridge to confluence with Middle Fork Reddies River)

South Prong Lewis Fork (Fall Creek to S.R. 1155 bridge)

(C)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

All waters located on Stone Mountain State Park, except East Prong Roaring River from Bullhead Creek downstream to the Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary where Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply, and Stone Mountain Creek from falls at Alleghany County line to confluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek in Stone Mountain State Park where Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply

(25)         Yancey County

(A)          Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters are as follows:

South Toe River (headwaters to Upper Creek)

Upper Creek

(B)          Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are as follows:

Cane River (Blackberry Ridge Rd. to downstream boundary of Cane River County Park)

(C)          Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are as follows:

Bald Mountain Creek (except where posted against trespassing)

Cane River (Bee Branch [S.R. 1110] to Bowlens Creek)

Price Creek (junction of S.R. 1120 and S.R. 1121 to Indian Creek)

South Toe River (Clear Creek to lower boundary line of Yancey Co. Recreation Park, except where posted against trespassing)

(D)          Wild Trout Waters are as follows:

Cattail Creek (bridge at Mountain Farm Community Rd. to N.C. 197 bridge)

Lickskillet Creek

Middle Creek (game land boundary to mouth)

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-272; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; July 1, 1997; July 1, 1996; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1994; July 1, 1993; October 1, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2002 (approved by RRC on 6/21/01 and 04/18/02);

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004 (this amendment replaces the amendment approved by RRC on July 17, 2003);

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; August 1, 2017; August 1, 2016; August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014; August 1, 2013; August 1, 2012; August 1, 2011; August 1, 2010; May 1, 2009; May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; May 1, 2006; June 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0206      TROTLINES, JUG HOOKS AND SET HOOKS

(a)  For purposes of this Rule, the following definitions apply:

(1)           "set hook" means a fishing device consisting of a single line having no more than three hooks that is attached at one end only to a stationary object.

(2)           "jug hook" means a fishing device consisting of a single line having no more than three hooks that is attached to a float.

(3)           "trotline" means a fishing device consisting of a horizontal common line having multiple hooks attached.

(b)  Except as otherwise prohibited in this Rule, trotlines, jug hooks, and set hooks may be set in the inland waters of North Carolina, provided no live bait is used.  Trotlines, jug hooks, and set hooks may not be set in any of the impounded waters on the Sandhills Game Land.  Trotlines, jug hooks, and set hooks may not be set in any designated public mountain trout waters except impounded waters of power reservoirs and municipally-owned water supply reservoirs open to the public for fishing. In Lake Waccamaw, trotlines, jug hooks, or set hooks may be set only from October 1 through April 30.

(c)  Each trotline, set hook, and jug hook shall bear legible and indelible identification of the user's name and address or the user's Wildlife Resources Commission customer number.  Each trotline shall be conspicuously marked at each end and each set hook conspicuously marked at one end with a flag, float, or other prominent object so that its location is readily discernible by boat operators and swimmers.  Trotlines shall be set parallel to the nearest shore in all inland fishing waters unless otherwise prohibited.  The number of jug hooks that may be fished is limited to 70 per boat. All trotlines, set hooks, and jug hooks shall be fished at least once daily and all fish removed at that time. Trotlines, set hooks, and jug hooks without bait or not labled as described in this Paragraph may be removed from the water by wildlife enforcement officers.  It is unlawful to use metal cans or glass jugs as floats.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-272; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1993; May 1, 1992; July 1, 1989; January 1, 1982;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014; August 1, 2013; May 1, 2008; June 1, 2005; August 1, 2002.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0207      GRABBLING FOR FISH

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0208      SPAWNING AREAS

The following waters are designated as spawning areas in which fishing is prohibited or restricted as indicated:

(1)           No person shall fish by any method from February 15 to April 15, both inclusive, in Linville River from the NC 126 bridge downstream to the mouth of the Linville River.

(2)           No person shall fish by any method within the bypass channel constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers around Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Cape Fear River at any time.

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2009; August 1, 2004; July 1, 1993; July 1, 1989; July 1, 1985; July 1, 1984.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0209      TRANSPORTATION OF LIVE FISH

(a)  Fish Transport:  It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to transport live freshwater nongame fishes, or live game fishes in excess of the possession limit, or fish eggs without having in possession a permit obtained from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

(b)  Fish Stocking:  It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to stock any life stage of any species of fish in the inland fishing waters of this State without having first procured a stocking permit from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

(c)  Permits for stocking fish shall be issued as follows:

(1)           Application for a stocking permit shall be made on a form provided by the Commission.  The applicant shall specify the purpose for the stocking, species to be stocked, the source of the stock, the number of individual specimens to be released, and the location where release is desired.

(2)           Before issuing a stocking permit, the Executive Director shall review the application and determine, based on principles of wildlife management and biological science, that the proposed stocking will not:

(A)          threaten the introduction of epizootic disease or

(B)          create a danger to or an imbalance in the environment inimical to the conservation of wildlife resources. 

(3)           Based on the determination made in Subparagraph (2):

(A)          If the Executive Director determines that either or both conditions cannot be met under any circumstances, the application shall be denied.

(B)          If the Executive Director determines that both conditions may be met only by the introduction of fewer than the number requested, a permit only for the number that may be safely released shall be issued.

(C)          If the Executive Director determines that the number requested may be safely released, he shall issue the permit.

(4)           Any stocking permit issued by the Commission may impose the following conditions or restrictions:

(A)          Location where the permitted number of fish may be stocked.

(B)          Certification that fish are free of certifiable diseases by the vendor or a laboratory qualified to make such determination.

(C)          Documentation of the date, time and location of the release.

(D)          Access by the Commission to the property where fish introductions occur to assess impacts of the introduction.

(E)           All conditions required shall be included in writing on the permit.

(5)           Based on the criteria in Subparagraph (2), no permit shall be issued to stock any of the following species in the areas indicated:

SPECIES                                                                                                               LOCATION

Salmonids except brown, brook, and rainbow trout                                     Statewide

Flathead catfish                                                                                                   Statewide

(d)  For purposes of this Rule, stocking is the introduction or attempted introduction of one or more individuals of a particular species of live fish into public waters for any purpose other than:

(1)           As bait affixed to a hook and line, or

(2)           A release incidental to "catch and release" fishing in an area within the same body of water where the fish was caught, or within an adjacent body of water not separated from that body by any natural or manmade obstruction to the passage of that species.

(e)  The release of more than the daily creel limit, or if there is no established creel limit for the species, more than five individuals of the species, shall constitute prima facie evidence of an intentional release.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑135; 113‑274; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0210      FISHES TAKEN ILLEGALLY: MANAGEMENT PURPOSES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑137;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0211      POSSESSION OF CERTAIN FISHES

(a)  It is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess, sell or stock in the public or private waters of North Carolina any live individuals of:

(1)           piranha,

(2)           "walking catfish" (Clarias batrachus),

(3)           snakehead fish (from the Family Channidae, formerly Ophiocephalidae),

(4)           black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus),

(5)           bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis),

(6)           silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix),

(7)           rudd (Scardinius erythropthalomus),

(8)           round goby (Neogobius melanostomus),

(9)           tubenose goby (Proterorhinus marmoratus),

(10)         ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus),

(11)         Japanese mysterysnail (Cipangopaludina japonica),

(12)         Chinese mysterysnail (Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata),

(13)         red-rim melania (Melanoides tuberculatus),

(14)         virile crayfish (Orconectes (Gremicambarus) virilis),

(15)         rusty crayfish (Orconectes (Procericambarus) rusticus),

(16)         Australian red claw crayfish or "red claw" (Cherax quadricarinatus, or other species of "giant" crayfish species in the genus Cherax),

(17)         white amur or "grass carp" (Ctenopharyngodon idella),

(18)         swamp or "rice" eel (Monopterus albus),

(19)         red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis),

(20)         zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) or

(21)         quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) or any mussel in the family Dreissenidae.

(b)  A person may buy, possess or stock triploid grass carp only for the purpose of controlling aquatic vegetation under a permit issued by the Executive Director when the director determines that conditions of such possession or stocking provide minimal probability of escape and threat to sensitive aquatic habitat and that the carp is certified to be sterile by genetic testing at a federal, state, or university laboratory.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-274(c)(1c); 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. July 18, 2002;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2013; August 1, 2011; June 1, 2009, June 1, 2005; August 1, 2004.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0212      FISH HATCHERIES

It is unlawful to fish by any method or at any time in the waters of Bones Creek from the Lake Rim Dam to the US 401 Bypass (Raeford Road) or upon any property used in conjunction with any state fish hatchery, except McKinney Lake Reservoir at McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery, or except as part of fishing events authorized by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.  On Lake Rim it is unlawful to use power‑driven boats, except those powered by electric motors, to swim or bathe at any time, or to use, or have in possession, any minnows or other species of fish except golden shiners (shad roaches) for use as bait.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑264; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; May 1, 1992;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004 (this amendment replaces the amendment approved by RRC on July 17, 2003).

 

15A NCAC 10C .0213      SNAGGING FISH

It is unlawful to take fish from any inland fishing waters by snagging. As used in this Rule, "snagging" means pulling or jerking a device equipped with one or more hooks through the water for the purpose of impaling fish thereon.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1989; January 1, 1981; January 1, 1979; January 1, 1978.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0214      FISH COLLECTORS

(a)  Collection Licenses.  The Executive Director is authorized to license qualified individuals to take or collect any species of fish from the inland fishing waters of the State, or game fish from the joint or coastal waters, other than an endangered or threatened species.  Such license shall be issued upon payment of a fee of five dollars ($5.00), except that licenses may be issued to representatives of educational or scientific institutions or of governmental agencies without charge.  Such license may be used in lieu of any other fishing license required by law and shall authorize possession and transporation of the fish incidental to the authorized taking.

(b)  Qualifications of Licensees.  In addition to representatives of educational or scientific institutions and governmental agencies, the collection license may be issued to any individual for any worthwhile purpose that is not deemed inimical to the conservation of the species to be collected or to some other fish or wildlife resources that may be dependent thereon.

(c)  Methods of Taking.  The manner of taking fish under a collection license may be specified by the Executive Director and need not be restricted to the usual methods of lawful fishing.

(d)  Term of License.  The Executive Director may, in his discretion, impose time limits, but unless so restricted the license shall be valid from January 1 through December 31 of the applicable year.

(e)  Report of Collecting Activity.  Each individual licensed under this Rule shall submit a written report to the Executive Director within 15 days following the date of expiration of the license.  The report shall be on a form supplied by the Wildlife Resources Commission and shall show the numbers of each species taken under the license and the use or disposition thereof. The Executive Director may require additional information for statistical purposes such as the dates and places of the taking and the sex, size, weight, condition, and approximate age of each specimen taken.  Such additional information may be required on the form of report or by a separate writing accompanying the form.

(f)  Other Requirements and Restrictions.  The Executive Director may, in his discretion, impose such other requirements and restrictions on persons licensed under this Rule as he may deem to be necessary to the efficient administration of the wildlife conservation laws and regulations.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑272.4;

Eff. January 1, 1981.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0215      REPLACEMENT COSTS OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES - FISH

(a)  Replacement Costs Distinguished.  As it applies to fishes the term "replacement costs" must be distinguished from the "value" of the fish concerned.  Except in cases where fish may lawfully be sold on the open market, as with commercially reared species, the monetary value of the specimens cannot be determined easily.  The degree of special interest or concern in a particular species by the public, including not only anglers, but conservationists and those to whom the value of fishes is primarily aesthetic, cannot be measured in dollar amounts.  The average cost per fish legally taken by anglers including travel and lodging, fishing equipment and bait, excise taxes on equipment, licenses and other fees, may fairly be estimated.  This too, however, is a reflection of the value of existing fishery resources rather than a measure of the cost of their replacement.  Thus, the relative value of fish species should be considered only as they may bear on the necessity or desirability of actual replacement.

(b)  Factors to be Considered.  The factors which should be considered in determining the replacement costs of resident species of fishes that have been taken, injured, removed, harmfully altered, damaged, or destroyed include the following:

(1)           whether the species is classified as endangered or threatened;

(2)           the relative frequency of occurrence of the species in the state;

(3)           the extent of existing habitat suitable for the species within the state;

(4)           the dependency of the species on unique habitat requirements;

(5)           the cost of improving and maintaining suitable habitat for the species;

(6)           the cost of capturing the species in areas of adequate populations and transplanting them to areas of suitable habitat with low populations;

(7)           the cost of propagating and rearing the species in a hatchery and the cost of transporting them to areas of suitable habitat with low populations;

(8)           the availability of the species and the cost of acquisition for restocking purposes;

(9)           the cost of those species which, when released, have a probability of survival in the wild;

(10)         the ratio between the natural life expectancy of the species and the period of its probable survival when, having been reared in a hatchery, it is released to the wild;

(11)         the change in the value of money as reflected by the consumer price index.

(c)  Costs of Replacement.  Based on the factors listed in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, including the June, 1980, consumer price index of 247.6 percent of the 1967 base, the following fishes are listed with the estimated replacement cost:

 

Species                                                   Weight                                                    Replacement Cost

Striped bass and                                  up to 5 lbs.                                             $25/fish

Bodie bass                                            5 lbs. to 10 lbs.                                     $20/lb.

10 lbs. to 20 lbs.                                   $25/lb.

Over 20 lbs.                                          $30/lb.

 

White bass                                            up to 2 lbs.                                             $10/fish

Over 2 lbs.                                             $10/lb.

 

Largemouth bass                                 Up to 2 lbs.                                            $10/fish

2 lbs. to 7 lbs.                                       $10/lb.

Over 7 lbs.                                             $20/lb.

 

Smallmouth bass and                         Up to 2 lbs.                                            $10/fish

other black bass                                   2 lbs. to 4 lbs.                                       $10/lb.

Over 4 lbs.                                             $20/lb.

 

Walleye                                                  Up to 2 lbs.                                            $10/fish

2 lbs. to 5 lbs.                                       $10/lb.

Over 5 lbs.                                             $20/lb.

 

Muskellunge                                         Up to 1 lb.                                             $30/fish

Over 1 lb.                                              $30/lb.

 

Sunfish                                                  All Sizes                                                $5/fish

 

Crappie                                                  All Sizes                                                $10/fish

 

Catfish (Channel, Blue                       Up to 1 lb.                                             $5/fish

and Flathead)                                       1 lb. to 20 lbs.                                       $5/lb.

Over 20 lbs.                                          $10/lb.

 

Trout (Wild)                                          Up to 7 in.                                             $10/fish

7 in. to 13 in.                                         $15/fish

Over 13 in.                                            $30/lb.

 

Trout (Hatchery)                                 7 in. to 13 in.                                         $5/fish

Over 13 in.                                            $10/lb.

 

All Other Game Fish                           All Sizes                                                $5/fish

 

All Other Non-Game Fish                  All Sizes                                                $2.50/fish

(d)  Cost of Investigations.  The factors to be considered and the computation of costs are as specified in 15A NCAC 10B .0117.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-267;

Eff. December 1, 1993.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0216      STATE INLAND FISHING LICENSE EXEMPTIONS

(a)  Any governmental or non-profit entity conducting an organized fishing event for educational or therapeutic purposes may obtain from the Commission an exemption from the requirements of the fishing license for participants in the event.

(b)  The state inland fishing license exemption shall only be issued when all the information required by these Rules contained on a form provided by the Commission is submitted by the applicant to the Chief of the Division of Inland Fisheries not less than 21 days prior to the organized fishing event, subject to the following conditions:

(1)           The person in charge of the event must be on-site at all times and have a copy of the exemption available for inspection on request by Commission personnel; and

(2)           The exemption shall be limited to the immediate location of the event and shall remain in effect only for the duration of the event.

(c)  The Commission may require that an applicant receiving a state fishing license exemption report  both the number of male participants and the number of female participants less than 16 years of age and the names of participants 16 years of age and older who do not have a fishing license.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑272.2; 113‑276; 113‑292;

Eff. May 1, 2007;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2009.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0217      Public Access for Anglers Only

(a)  A landowner who has accepted from the Wildlife Resources Commission a sign indicating Public Access for Fishing Only and posted such sign on his property agrees to allow any licensed angler, and accompanying youths, to cross his or her property in order to access public waters for the purpose of fishing.

(b)  By accepting and posting the Public Access for Fishing Only sign, the landowner has designated the Wildlife Resources Commission as an agent as described in G.S. 14-159.6.  As an agent, the Commission confers access to any member of the public with a valid fishing license and accompanying youths.  Anglers who access property under the terms of this Rule are prohibited from engaging in any of the following activities while on the private property unless otherwise posted:

(1)           building fires;

(2)           littering;

(3)           swimming;

(4)           launching or retrieving boats;

(5)           camping;

(6)           causing property damage;

(7)           entering before 7 am; and

(8)           remaining on the property after 9 pm.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 14-159.6; 113-134; 113-305;

Eff. August 1, 2014.

 

section .0300 - GAME FISH

 

15A NCAC 10C .0301      INLAND GAME FISHES DESIGNATED

The following fishes are classified and designated as inland game fishes:

(1)           mountain trout, all species including but not limited to rainbow, brown and brook trout;

(2)           muskellunge, chain (jack) and redfin pickerel;

(3)           yellow perch, when found in inland waters, walleye and sauger;

(4)           black bass, including largemouth, smallmouth, spotted and redeye bass;

(5)           black and white crappie;

(6)           sunfish, including bluegill (bream), redbreast (robin), redear (shellcracker), pumpkinseed, warmouth, rock bass, (redeye), flier, Roanoke bass, and all other species of the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) not specifically listed in this Rule;

(7)           spotted sea trout (speckled trout), when found in inland fishing waters;

(8)           flounder, when found in inland fishing waters;

(9)           red drum (channel bass, red fish, puppy drum), when found in inland fishing waters;

(10)         striped bass, white bass, white perch and Morone hybrids (striped bass‑white bass), when found in inland fishing waters;

(11)         American and hickory shad, when found in inland fishing waters;

(12)         kokanee salmon.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑129;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2005; June 1, 2004; July 1, 1996; July 1, 1990; July 1, 1983; January 1, 1981; January 1, 1980.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0302      MANNER OF TAKING INLAND GAME FISHES

(a)  Except as provided in this Rule, it is unlawful for any person to take inland game fishes from any of the waters of North Carolina by any method other than with hook and line.  Landing nets may be used to land fishes caught on hook and line.  Game fishes taken incidental to commercial fishing operations in joint fishing waters or coastal fishing waters shall be immediately returned to the water unharmed.  Game fishes taken incidental to the use of special devices for taking nongame fishes from inland fishing waters as authorized in Rule .0402 of this Subchapter or as authorized by 15A NCAC 10C .0407 by anglers licensed under G.S. 113-272.2(c) shall be immediately returned to the water unharmed, except that a daily creel limit of American and hickory shad may be taken with dip nets and bow nets from March 1 through April 30 in those waters where such gear may be lawfully used, and white perch may be taken when captured in a cast net being used to collect nongame fishes in all impounded waters west of Interstate 95 and in the Tar River Reservoir (Nash County).

(b)  In the inland waters of the Roanoke River upstream of U.S. 258 bridge, only a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook may be used from 1 April to 30 June.  Barbless as used in this Rule, requires that the hook does not have a barb or the barb is bent down.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-273; 113-292; 113-302;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1996; October 1, 1994; July 1, 1993; May 1, 1992; January 1, 1982;

Temporary Amendment Eff. November 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; August 1, 2002; April 1, 1999.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0303      PURCHASE AND SALE OF INLAND GAME FISHES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑273; 113‑292; 113‑302;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1982; January 1, 1981; January 1, 1979; January 1, 1977;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0304      TAKING AND POSSESSION OF INLAND GAME FISHES

(a)  It is unlawful to take in one day more than the daily creel limit of those species of inland game fish having a specified creel limit; to possess more fish than the daily creel limit in effect on those waters being fished; to possess any fish outside of the size limit in effect on those waters being fished; to possess more fish than the daily creel limit while boating or afield; or to possess at any place more than three days creel limit.  It is unlawful to destroy unnecessarily any inland game fish taken from public fishing waters.

(b)  No person while fishing shall remove the head or tail or otherwise change the appearance of any game fish having a minimum size limit so as to render it impracticable to measure its total original length.  No person while fishing shall change the appearance of any game fish having a daily creel limit so as to obscure its identification or render it impracticable to count the number of fish in possession.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑135; 113‑135.1; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; July 1, 1991; July 1, 1988; January 1, 1981.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0305      black bass

(a)  The daily creel limit for Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass — collectively known as Black Bass - is five fish, except in waters identified in Paragraphs (b), (c), (d), and (n) of this Rule. There is no minimum size limit for these fish, but only two of them may be less than 14 inches except in waters identified in Paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m), and (n) of this Rule. There is no closed season, except for waters identified in Paragraphs (l) and (n) of this Rule.

(b)  In Lake Cammack in Alamance County, and Lake Holt in Granville County the daily creel limit for Largemouth Bass is 10 fish and no more than two fish greater than 14 inches may be possessed.

(c)  In Lake Santeetlah in Graham County, there is no daily creel limit for Black Bass less than 14 inches. The daily creel limit for Black Bass greater than 14 inches is five fish.

(d)  In Lake Chatuge in Clay County, the daily creel limit for Black Bass is 10 fish, the minimum size limit for Largemouth Bass is 12 inches, and there is no minimum size limit for Smallmouth Bass and Spotted Bass.

(e)  The minimum size limit for Black Bass is 14 inches in the following:

(1)           Lake Raleigh in Wake County;

(2)           Pungo Lake in Washington and Hyde counties;

(3)           New Lake in Hyde County; and

(4)           Currituck, Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle sounds, and all their tributaries including Roanoke River downstream of Roanoke Rapids Dam, Chowan River, Yeopim River, Pasquotank River, Perquimans River, North River, Northwest River, Scuppernong River, and Alligator River (including the Alligator/Pungo Canal east of the NC Hwy 264/45 bridge).

(f)  In Cane Creek Lake in Union County, and Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson and Nash counties, the minimum size limit for Largemouth Bass is 16 inches.

(g)  In Lake Phelps in Tyrrell and Washington counties, the minimum size limit is 14 inches, and no fish between 16 and 20 inches may be possessed.

(h)  In Shearon Harris Reservoir and Lake Hampton in Yadkin County, there is no minimum size limit for Black Bass, but only two Black Bass less than 14 inches and no Black Bass between 16 and 20 inches may be possessed.

(i)  In Randleman Reservoir, there is no minimum size limit for Largemouth Bass, but only two Largemouth Bass less than 14 inches and only one Largemouth Bass greater than 20 inches may be possessed.

(j)  In Lake Thom-A-Lex in Davidson County, the minimum size limit for Black Bass is 18 inches.

(k)  In the Alleghany County portion of New River downstream of Fields Dam (Grayson County, Virginia) there is no minimum size limit for Black Bass, but no fish between 14 and 22 inches in length may be possessed and only one Black Bass greater than 22 inches may be possessed.

(l)  In Sutton Lake, the minimum size limit for Black Bass is 14 inches and no Black Bass may be possessed from December 1 through March 31.

(m)  In Lake Mattamuskeet and associated canals in Hyde County, the minimum size limit for Largemouth Bass is 16 inches and only one Largemouth Bass greater than 20 inches may be possessed.

(n)  In Jean Guite Creek and associated canals within the Town of Southern Shores, Dare County, no Black Bass may be possessed.

(o)  For purposes of this Rule, creel limits apply to Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass in aggregate unless otherwise specified.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292; 113-304; 113-305;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 10, 1990, for a period of 180 days to expire on November 1, 1990;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 22, 1990, for a period of 168 days to expire on November 1, 1990;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 1991, for a period of 180 days to expire on November 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1994; July 1, 1993; October 1, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1994 for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; July 1, 1997; July 1, 1996; July 1, 1995;

Temporary Amendment Eff. November 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Eff. March 8, 2002 [This rule replaces the rule proposed for permanent amendment effective July 1, 2002 and approved by RRC in May 2001];

Amended Eff. August 1, 2002 (approved by RRC in April 2002);

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004 (this amendment replaces the amendment approved by RRC on July 17, 2003);

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; August 1, 2017; August 1, 2016; November 1, 2013; August 1, 2012; March 1, 2012; August 1, 2011; August 1, 2010; May 1, 2009; July 1, 2008; May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; May 1, 2006; June 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0306      crappie

(a)  There is no daily creel limit for Crappie, except for waters identified in Paragraphs (b), (c), (d), and (e) of this Rule. There is no minimum size limit for these fish, except for waters identified in Paragraphs (d) and (e). There is no closed season.

(b)  In Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson and Nash counties, the daily creel limit is 20 fish.

(c)  In Lake Chatuge in Clay County, the daily creel limit is 30 fish.

(d)  In the following waters, the daily creel limit is 20 fish and the minimum size limit is 10 inches:

(1)           B. Everett Jordan Reservoir;

(2)           Roanoke River and its tributaries downstream of Roanoke Rapids dam;

(3)           Cashie River and its tributaries;

(4)           Middle River and its tributaries;

(5)           Eastmost River and its tributaries; and

(6)           Lake Mattamuskeet and associated canals in Hyde County.

(e)  In the following waters, the daily creel limit is 20 fish and the minimum size limit is eight inches:

(1)           Pee Dee River from Blewett Falls Dam to the South Carolina state line;

(2)           Badin Lake;

(3)           Falls Lake (Stanly and Montgomery counties);

(4)           Lake Tillery;

(5)           Blewett Falls Lake;

(6)           Lake Norman;

(7)           Lake Hyco;

(8)           Lake Ramseur;

(9)           Cane Creek Lake;

(10)         Lake Hampton (Yadkin County);

(11)         Tar River downstream of Tar River Reservoir Dam;

(12)         Neuse River downstream of Falls Lake Dam;

(13)         Haw River downstream of Jordan Lake Dam;

(14)         Deep River downstream of Lockville Dam;

(15)         Cape Fear River;

(16)         Waccamaw River downstream of Lake Waccamaw Dam;

(17)         Lumber River including Drowning Creek;

(18)         all other public fishing waters east of Interstate 95, except Tar River Reservoir in Nash County, Sutton Lake in New Hanover County, and waters listed in Paragraph (d) of this Rule; and

(19)         all public waters west of Interstate 77, except Lake Chatuge.

For waters in Subparagraphs (11) through (19), the restrictions apply to all tributaries.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2017; August 1, 2016; August 1, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0307      FLOUNDER, SEA TROUT, AND RED DRUM

In inland fishing waters, Sea Trout (Spotted or Speckled), Flounder, and Red Drum (also known as Channel Bass, Red Fish or Puppy Drum) recreational seasons, size limits and creel limits are the same as those established in the Rules of the Marine Fisheries Commission or proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292; 113-304; 113-305;

Eff. November 1, 2013

 

15A NCAC 10C .0308      kokanee salmon

The daily creel limit for Kokanee Salmon is seven fish.  There is no minimum size limit for these fish.  There is no closed season for Kokanee Salmon.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0309      muskellunge

The daily creel limit for Muskellunge is one fish.  The minimum size limit for this fish is 42 inches.  There is no closed season for Muskellunge.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0310      pickerEl

There is no daily creel limit and no minimum size limit for Pickerel (Chain and Redfin).  There is no closed season for Pickerel.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0311      roanoke and rock bass

(a)  There is no daily creel limit and no minimum size limit for Roanoke and Rock Bass, except for waters identified in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.  There is no closed season for Roanoke and Rock Bass.

(b)  In all public fishing waters east of Interstate 77, the daily creel limit for Roanoke and Rock Bass is two fish in the aggregate and the minimum size for these fish is eight inches.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0312      sauger

The daily creel limit for Sauger is eight fish.  The minimum size limit for these fish is 15 inches.  There is no closed season for Sauger.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0313      shad (American and Hickory)

(a)  The daily creel limit for American and Hickory Shad in the aggregate is 10 fish, except for waters identified in Paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of this Rule.  There is no minimum size limit for these fish.  There is no closed season, except for waters identified in Paragraph (e) of this Rule.

(b)  In the inland waters of Roanoke River, Neuse River, and their tributaries, the daily creel limit for American and Hickory Shad is 10 in the aggregate, only one of which may be an American Shad. 

(c)  In the inland waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries, the daily creel limit for American and Hickory Shad is 10 in the aggregate, only five of which may be American Shad. 

(d)  In Roanoke Rapids Reservoir, Lake Gaston and John H. Kerr Reservoir, no American Shad may be possessed.

(e)  The season for taking American and Hickory Shad with bow nets is March 1 through April 30.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292; 113-304; 113-305;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0314      STRIPED BASS

(a)  The daily creel limit for Striped Bass and its hybrids is four fish in the aggregate, except in waters identified in Paragraphs (b), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), and (j) of this Rule. The minimum size limit for these fish is 20 inches, except in waters identified in Paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), and (j) of this Rule. There is no closed season, except for waters identified in Paragraphs (g), (h), (i), (j), and (k) of this Rule.

(b)  In the Dan River upstream from its confluence with Bannister River to the dam at Union Street in Danville, VA and in John H. Kerr Reservoir, the daily creel limit on Striped Bass and its hybrids is two in the aggregate and the minimum size limit is 24 inches from October 1 through May 31. From June 1 through September 30, the daily creel limit on Striped Bass and its hybrids is four in the aggregate with no minimum size limit.

(c)  In Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Reservoir, the minimum size limit for Striped Bass and its hybrids is 20 inches from October 1 through May 31. There is no minimum size limit for these fish from June 1 through September 30.

(d)  In Lake Norman, Arrowhead Lake (Anson Co.), High Rock Pond (Caswell Co.), Moss Lake, Mountain Island Reservoir, Oak Hollow Lake, Lake Thom-A-Lex, Lake Townsend, and Salem Lake the minimum size limit for Striped Bass and its hybrids is 16 inches.

(e)  In Lake Chatuge in Clay County, the daily creel limit is 15 in the aggregate. There is no minimum size limit, but only two may be greater than 22 inches.

(f)  In Lake Mattamuskeet, and in the Pee Dee River and its tributaries downstream from the Blewett Falls Dam to the South Carolina state line, the daily creel limit for Striped Bass and its hybrids is three fish in the aggregate, and the minimum size limit is 18 inches.

(g)  In the inland fishing waters of Neuse, Pungo, and Tar Pamlico rivers and their tributaries extending upstream to the first impoundment of the main course on the river or its tributaries, and in all other inland fishing waters east of Interstate 95 not specified in Paragraphs (f), (h), (i), and (j) of this Rule, the daily creel limit for Striped Bass and its hybrids is two fish in the aggregate. The minimum size limit is 26 inches. In these waters, the season for taking and possessing Striped Bass is closed from May 1 through September 30.

(h)  In the inland fishing waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries downstream of Buckhorn Dam, the season for taking and possessing Striped Bass is closed year-round.

(i)  In the inland and joint fishing waters [as identified in 15A NCAC 10C .0107(1)(e)] of the Roanoke River Striped Bass Management Area, which includes the Roanoke, Cashie, Middle, and Eastmost rivers and their tributaries, the open season for taking and possessing Striped Bass and its hybrids is March 1 through April 30 from the joint-coastal fishing waters boundary at Albemarle Sound upstream to Roanoke Rapids Lake dam. During the open season, the daily creel limit for Striped Bass and its hybrids is two fish in the aggregate, and the minimum size limit is 18 inches. No fish between 22 inches and 27 inches in length shall be possessed in the daily creel limit. Only one fish larger than 27 inches may be possessed in the daily creel limit.

(j)  In designated inland fishing waters of Roanoke Sound, Croatan Sound, Albemarle Sound, Chowan River, Currituck Sound, Alligator River, Scuppernong River, and their tributaries (excluding the Roanoke River and Cashie River and their tributaries), Striped Bass fishing season, size limits and creel limits are the same as those established by rules or proclamations of the Marine Fisheries Commission in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters.

(k)  In accordance with G.S. 113-292, the Executive Director may, by proclamation, suspend, or extend the hook-and-line season for Striped Bass in the inland and joint waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued under this authority.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292; 113-304; 113-305;

Eff. November 1, 2013;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2018; August 1, 2016; August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0315      sunfish

(a)  For purposes of this Rule, Sunfish include bluegill, redbreast, redear, pumpkinseed, warmouth, flier and all other species of the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) not specified in 15A NCAC 10C .0305, 15A NCAC 10C .0306 and 15A NCAC 10C .0311.

(b)  There is no daily creel limit for Sunfish, except for waters identified in Paragraph (c) of this Rule.  There is no minimum size limit for these fish.  There is no closed season.

(c)  In the following waters and all their tributaries, the daily creel limit for Sunfish is 30 in the aggregate, no more than 12 of which may be Redbreast Sunfish:

(1)           Roanoke River downstream of Roanoke Rapids Dam;

(2)           Tar River downstream of Tar River Reservoir Dam;

(3)           Neuse River downstream of Falls Lake Dam;

(4)           Haw River downstream of Jordan Lake Dam;

(5)           Deep River downstream of Lockville Dam;

(6)           Cape Fear River;

(7)           Waccamaw River downstream of Lake Waccamaw Dam;

(8)           Lumber River including Drowning Creek; and

(9)           all other public fishing waters east of Interstate 95, except Tar River Reservoir in Nash County.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0316      trout

(a)  The daily creel limit for trout in Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters is seven fish. There is no minimum size limit for these fish. The open season is from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until March 1, except for waters designated in Paragraphs (d) and (g) of this Rule.

(b)  The daily creel limit for trout in Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout/Natural Bait Trout Waters is four fish. The minimum size limit for these fish is seven inches. There is no closed season.

(c)  No trout may be harvested from Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters or Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters. Trout may not be possessed while fishing these waters.

(d)  The daily creel limit for trout in Delayed Harvest Trout Waters is seven fish. There is no minimum size limit for these fish. The Youth-only Delayed Harvest Trout Water Season is from 6 a.m. on the first Saturday in June until 12 p.m. that same day. During this season only individuals under the age of 18 may fish. From 12 p.m. on the first Saturday in June until September 30, the Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Season is open for all anglers. From October 1 to one-half hour after sunset on the Friday before the first Saturday in June, trout may not be harvested or possessed while fishing these waters. Delayed Harvest Trout Waters are closed to all fishing from one-half hour after sunset on the Friday before the first Saturday in June to 6 a.m. on the first Saturday in June.

(e)  The daily creel limits, size limits, and seasons for trout in Special Regulation Trout Waters are as follows: in the Catawba River (Burke County) from Muddy Creek to the City of Morganton water intake dam the daily creel limit is two fish. The minimum size limit is 14 inches. There is no closed season.

(f)  The daily creel limit for trout in undesignated trout waters is seven fish. There is no minimum size limit for these fish.

(g)  There is no closed season on taking trout from Linville River within Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and the impounded waters of power reservoirs and municipally-owned water supply reservoirs open to the public for fishing.

(h)  In designated Public Mountain Trout Waters the season for taking all species of fish is the same as the trout fishing season.

(i)  All trout water designations and manners of take are set forth in 15A NCAC 10C .0205.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; August 1, 2017; August 1, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0317      walleye

(a)  The daily creel limit for Walleye is eight fish except for waters identified in Paragraphs (b) and (d) of this Rule.  There is no minimum size limit for these fish except for waters identified in Paragraphs (c) and (d) of this Rule.  There is no closed season.

(b)  In Linville River upstream upstream from the NC 126 bridge, the daily creel limit for Walleye is four fish.

(c)  In Lake James and its tributaries, except the Linville River upstream from the N.C. 126 bridge, the minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.

(d)  In John H. Kerr Reservoir, Lake Gaston, and Roanoke Rapids Lake, the daily creel limit is five fish and the minimum size limit for Walleye is 18 inches.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0318      white bass

The daily creel limit for White Bass is 10 fish. There is a 14 inch minimum size limit for these fish. There is no closed season for White Bass.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

Amend Eff. August 1, 2017.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0319      white perch

(a)  There is no daily creel limit and no minimum limit size for White Perch.  There is no closed season for White Perch.

(b)  In and west of Haywood, Buncombe, and Rutherford counties, it is unlawful to transport, possess, or release live White Perch.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292; 113-304; 113-305;

Eff. November 1, 2013;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2016.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0320      Yellow perch

There is no daily creel limit and no minimum size limit for Yellow Perch.  There is no closed season for Yellow Perch.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-292; 113-304; 113-305;

Eff. November 1, 2013.

 

SECTION .0400 – JURISDICTION OF AGENCIES: CLASSIFICATION OF WATERS

 

15A NCAC 10C .0401      MANNER OF TAKING NONGAME FISHES: PURCHASE AND SALE

(a)  Except as permitted by the rules in this Section, it is unlawful to take nongame fishes from the inland fishing waters of North Carolina in any manner other than with hook and line or grabbling. Nongame fishes may be taken by hook and line or grabbling at any time without restriction as to size limits or creel limits, with the following exceptions:

(1)           Blue crabs shall have a minimum carapace width of five inches (point to point) and it is unlawful to possess more than 50 crabs per person per day or to exceed 100 crabs per vessel per day.

(2)           While boating on or fishing in the following inland fishing waters, no person shall take river herring (alewife and blueback) that are greater than six inches in length, or possess such herring regardless of origin in:

(A)          Roanoke River downstream of Roanoke Rapids Dam;

(B)          Tar River downstream of Rocky Mount Mill Dam;

(C)          Neuse River downstream of Milburnie Dam;

(D)          Cape Fear River downstream of Buckhorn Dam;

(E)           Pee Dee River downstream of Blewett Falls Dam;

(F)           Lumber River including Drowning Creek;

(G)          all the tributaries to the rivers listed above; and

(H)          all other inland fishing waters east of I-95.

(3)           Grass carp shall not be taken or possessed on Lake James, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Reservoir, Lake Wylie, and John H. Kerr Reservoir, except that one fish per day may be taken with archery equipment.

(4)           No trotlines or set-hooks shall be used in the impounded waters located on the Sandhills Game Land or in designated public mountain trout waters.

(5)           In Lake Waccamaw, trotlines or set-hooks may be used only from October 1 through April 30.

(6)           In inland fishing waters, gray trout (weakfish) recreational seasons, size limits, and creel limits are the same as those established by Marine Fisheries Commission rule or proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters.

(b)  The season for taking nongame fishes by other hook and line methods in designated public mountain trout waters is the same as the trout fishing season. Trout seasons are designated in 15A NCAC 10C .0316.

(c)  Nongame fishes taken by hook and line, grabbling, or by licensed special devices may be sold, with the following exceptions:

(1)           alewife and blueback herring, excluding those less than six inches in length collected from Kerr Reservoir (Granville, Vance, and Warren counties);

(2)           blue crab; and

(3)           bowfin.

(d)  Freshwater mussels, including the Asiatic clam (Corbicula fluminea), may be taken only from impounded waters, except mussels shall not be taken in Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County, and in University Lake in Orange County. The daily possession limit for freshwater mussels is 200 in the aggregate, except there is no daily possession limit for the Asiatic clam (Corbicula fluminea).

(e)  In waters that are stocked and managed for catfish and located on game lands, on Commission-owned property, or on the property of a cooperator, including waters within the Community Fishing Program, it is unlawful to take channel, white, or blue catfish by means other than hook and line; the daily creel limit is six catfish in aggregate. Waters where this creel limit applies shall be posted on-site with signs indicating the creel limit.

(f)  The daily creel limit for blue catfish greater than 32 inches is one fish in the following reservoirs:

(1)           Lake Norman;

(2)           Mountain Island Lake;

(3)           Lake Wylie;

(4)           Badin Lake;

(5)           Lake Tillery;

(6)           John H. Kerr Reservoir (North Carolina portion);

(7)           Lake Gaston (North Carolina portion); and

(8)           Roanoke Rapids Reservoir.

(g)  The daily creel limit for American eels taken from or possessed, regardless or origin, while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters is 25, and the minimum size limit is 9 inches.

(h)  No person while fishing shall remove the head or tail or otherwise change the appearance of any nongame fish having a size limit so as to render it impracticable to measure its total original length. No person while fishing shall change the appearance of any nongame fish having a daily creel limit so as to obscure its identification or render it impracticable to count the number of fish in possession.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-272; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1994; July 1, 1993; May 1, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1994;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; July 1, 1996; July 1, 1995;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

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. May 1, 2004 (this amendment replaces the amendment approved by RRC on July 17, 2003);

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; August 1, 2016; August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014; August 1, 2013; August 1, 2012; August 1, 2011; August 1, 2010; May 1, 2009; May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; May 1, 2006; June 1, 2005

 

15A NCAC 10C .0402      TAKING NONGAME FISHES FOR BAIT OR PERSONAL CONSUMPTION

(a)  It is unlawful to take nongame fish for bait or personal consumption in the inland waters of North Carolina using equipment other than:

(1)           a net of dip net design not greater than six feet across;

(2)           a seine of not greater than 12 feet in length (except in Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County where there is no length limitation) and with a bar mesh measure of not more than one-fourth inch;

(3)           a cast net;

(4)           a bow net for the seasons and waters in which the use of bow nets is authorized in 15A NCAC 10C .0407;

(5)           a dip net when used in conjunction with a licensed hand-crank electrofisher;

(6)           a gig (except in Public Mountain Trout Waters);

(7)           up to three traps for the seasons and waters in which the use of traps is authorized in 15A NCAC 10C .0407;

(8)           up to two eel pots;

(9)           a spear gun for the seasons and waters in which the use of a spear gun is authorized in 15A NCAC 10C .0407;

(10)         minnow traps not exceeding 12 inches in diameter and 24 inches in length, with funnel openings not exceeding one inch in diameter, from which all fish and animals are removed daily, and that are labeled with the user's Wildlife Resources Commission customer number or name and address;

(11)         a hand-held line with a single bait attached;

(12)         a single, multiple-bait line for taking crabs not to exceed 100 feet in length, marked on each end with a solid float no less than five inches in diameter, bearing legible and indelible identification of the user's name and address, and under the immediate control and attendance of the person using the device, with a limit of one line per person and no more than one line per vessel; or

(13)         a collapsible crab trap with the largest open dimension not greater than 18 inches and that by design is collapsed at all times when in the water, except when it is being retrieved or lowered to the bottom, with a limit of one trap per person.

(b)  The use of equipment under this Rule requires a valid license that provides basic inland fishing privileges.

(c)  It is unlawful to sell nongame fishes or aquatic animals taken under this Rule.

(d)  Game fishes taken while netting for bait shall be returned unharmed to the water, except white perch may be taken when captured in a cast net being used to collect nongame fishes for bait or personal consumption in all impounded waters west of I-95 and in the Tar River Reservoir (Nash County).

(e)  No person shall take or possess during one day more than 200 nongame fish in aggregate for bait or personal consumption subject to the following restrictions:

(1)           No more than 25 eels, none of which may be less than 9 inches in length, shall be taken from or possessed, regardless of origin, while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters;

(2)           While boating on or fishing in the following inland fishing waters, no river herring (alewife and blueback) that are greater than six inches in total length shall be taken, and no such river herring shall be possessed regardless of origin:

(A)          Roanoke River downstream of Roanoke Rapids Dam;

(B)          Tar River downstream of Rocky Mount Mill Dam;

(C)          Neuse River downstream of Milburnie Dam;

(D)          Cape Fear River downstream of Buckhorn Dam;

(E)           Pee Dee River downstream of Blewett Falls Dam;

(F)           Lumber River including Drowning Creek;

(G)          the tributaries to the rivers listed above; and

(H)          all other inland fishing waters east of Interstate 95.

(3)           No more than 50 crabs per person per day or 100 per vessel per day with a minimum carapace width of five inches (point to point) shall be taken.

(f)  Any fishes taken for bait purposes are included within the daily possession limit for that species.

(g)  It is unlawful to take nongame fish for bait or any other fish bait from the following waters:

(1)           Public Mountain Trout Waters (except in impounded waters of power reservoirs and municipally-owned water supply reservoirs);

(2)           Bear Creek in Chatham County;

(3)           Deep River in Chatham, Lee, and Moore counties and downstream of Coleridge Dam in Randolph County;

(4)           Fork Creek in Randolph County; and

(5)           Rocky River in Chatham County.

(h)  In the waters of the Little Tennessee River, including all the tributaries and impoundments thereof, and on adjacent shorelines, docks, access ramps, and bridge crossings, it is unlawful to transport, possess, or release live river herring (alewife and blueblack).

(i)  No person while fishing shall remove the head or tail or otherwise change the appearance of any nongame fish having a size limit so as to render it impracticable to measure its total original length. No person while fishing shall change the appearance of any nongame fish having a daily creel limit so as to obscure its identification or render it impracticable to count the number of fish in possession.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-135; 113-135.1; 113-272; 113-272.3; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000; July 1, 1998; July 1, 1993; July 1, 1992; May 1, 1992; July 1, 1989;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. July 18, 2002;

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004 (this amendment replaces the amendment approved by RRC on July 17, 2003);

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; August 1, 2017; August 1, 2016; August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014; August 1, 2013; August 1, 2010; May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; May 1, 2006.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0403      TAKING NONGAME FISHES BY SPECIAL DEVICES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑272.3; 113‑276; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1982; January 1, 1977;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0404      SPECIAL DEVICES

(a) Archery equipment.  The use of archery equipment, as defined in 15A NCAC 10B .0116, as a licensed special device is authorized for taking nongame fishes at any time from all inland fishing waters other than impounded waters located on the Sandhills Game Land and designated public mountain trout waters.  Unless prohibited by Marine Fisheries Commission's rules in 15A NCAC 03, bow and arrow may be used in joint fishing waters.

(b)  Nets.  Where authorized, manually operated nets, including seines and bow, cast, dip, gill, drift, and fyke nets may be used under the special device license.  No fixed gill net or other stationary net which may be authorized as a special device may be more than 100 yards in length, nor shall any such net be placed within 50 yards of any other fixed net. Fixed nets must be set so that they run parallel to the nearest shoreline.  No fixed or drift gill nets shall be used unless such net is marked for the protection of boat operators.  A net shall be deemed so marked when there is attached to it at each end two separate yellow buoys that shall be of solid foam or other solid buoyant material no less than five inches in its smallest dimensions.  The owner shall be identified on a buoy on each end either by using engraved buoys or by attaching engraved metal or plastic tags to the buoys.  Such identification shall include one of the following:

(1)           owner's N.C. motor boat registration number;

(2)           owner's U.S. vessel documentation name; or

(3)           owner's last name, first and middle initials.

It is unlawful to attach gill nets to any wire, rope, or similar device extended across any navigable watercourse.

(c)  Traps.  Baskets and traps, excluding collapsible crab traps, may be used under the special device license. Such devices when set and left unattended shall be affixed with a card or tag furnished by the license holder and upon which his name and address shall be legibly and indelibly inscribed.  No fish trap may exceed 60 inches in length or 30 inches in depth or width.  No lead nets, wing nets, or other device designed to guide or herd fish may be attached to the trap or used or set within 25 feet of the trap.

(d)  Spears.  Manually operated gigs or under-water spear or harpoon guns may be used under the special device license in the inland waters having a season for their use specified in Rule .0407 of this Section.

(e)  Crab pots.  It is unlawful to use crab pots in inland fishing waters, except by persons owning property adjacent to the inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries who are permitted to set two crab pots to be attached to their property and not subject to special device license requirements.

(f)  Eel pots.  It is unlawful to use pots with mesh sizes smaller than one-half inch by one-half inch.  Each pot must be marked by attaching a floating buoy that shall be of solid foam or other solid buoyant material and no less than five inches in diameter and no less than five inches in length.  Buoys may be of any color except yellow.  The owner shall be identified on the attached buoy by using engraved buoys or by engraved metal or plastic tags attached to the buoy. Such identification shall include one of the following:

(1)           owner's N.C. motorboat registration number;

(2)           owner's U.S. vessel documentation name; or

(3)           owner's last name, first and middle initials.

(g)  Hand-crank electrofisher.  For the purposes of this Rule, a hand-crank electrofisher is any manually-operated device which is capable of generating a low voltage electrical current not exceeding 300 volts for the taking of catfish. Hand-crank electrofishers may be used only where authorized by local law and only in those waters specified in 15A NCAC 10C .0407.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-272.2; 113-276; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1999; July 1, 1996; December 1, 1995; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1994; July 1, 1993;

Temporary Amendment Effective July 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; August 1, 2012; May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; August 1, 2004; July 18, 2002.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0405      POSSESSION OF LICENSES

Except as indicated in this Rule, every individual participating in the taking of fish through the use of any special device must have the special device fishing license issued to him, personally, in his possession or readily available for inspection.  A bow net or a dip net may be used by an individual other than the licensee with the licensee's permission, but such user must have the license in his possession or readily available for inspection. When using drag seines authorized for taking nongame fishes at beaches on inland fishing waters where there are migratory saltwater fishes (herring or mullet), only the principal owner and operator is required to be licensed.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑275; 113‑276; 113‑276.1; 113‑292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Temporary Amendment Eff. November 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0406      TRAWLS AND DREDGES

It is unlawful to use a trawl or clam dredge in any inland fishing waters.

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1988; January 1, 1982; January 1, 1981.

 

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.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0408      TRAPPING NONGAME FISH IN HIGH ROCK LAKE

 

History Note:        Emergency Rule Eff. June 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑292; 150B‑13;

Made Permanent with Change Eff. September 30, 1981;

Repealed Eff. January 1, 1982.

 

section .0500 – primary nursery areas

 

15A NCAC 10C .0501      SCOPE AND PURPOSE

To establish and protect those fragile inland waters which support embryonic, larval or juvenile populations of marine or estuarine fish or crustacean species.  These Rules will set forth permanent nursery areas in inland fishing waters.  Nursery areas are necessary for the early growth and development of virtually all of North Carolina's important marine or estuarine fish or crustacean species.  Nursery areas need to be maintained, as much as possible, in their natural state, and the fish and crustacean populations within them must be permitted to develop in a normal manner with as little interference from man as possible.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134;

Eff. September 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0502      PRIMARY NURSERY AREAS DEFINED

Primary nursery areas are defined as those areas inhabited by the embryonic, larval or juvenile life stages of marine or estuarine fish or crustacean species due to favorable physical, chemical or biological factors.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134;

Eff. August 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0503      DESCRIPTIVE BOUNDARIES

The following waters have been designated as primary nursery areas:

(1)           North River:

(a)           Broad Creek ‑ Camden County ‑ Entire stream;

(b)           Deep Creek ‑ Currituck County ‑ Entire stream;

(c)           Lutz Creek ‑ Currituck County ‑ Entire stream.

(2)           Alligator River:

(a)           East Lake ‑ Dare County ‑ Inland waters portion;

(b)           Little Alligator River ‑ Tyrrell County ‑ Entire stream.

(3)           Currituck Sound:

(a)           Martin Point Creek ‑ Dare County ‑ Entire stream (Jean Guite Creek);

(b)           Tull Creek and Bay ‑ Currituck County ‑ Tull Bay to mouth of Northwest River; Tull Creek from mouth upstream to SR 1222 bridge.

(4)           Pamlico River:

(a)           Duck Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(b)           Bath Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(c)           Mixons Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(d)           Porter Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(e)           Tooleys Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(f)            Jacobs Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(g)           Jacks Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(h)           Bond Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(i)            Muddy Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(j)            Strawhorn Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(k)           South Prong Wright Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream;

(l)            Jordan Creek ‑ Beaufort County ‑ Entire stream.

(5)           Neuse River:

(a)           Slocum Creek ‑ Craven County ‑ Entire stream;

(b)           Hancock Creek ‑ Craven County ‑ Entire stream.

(6)           New River:

(a)           French Creek ‑ Onslow County ‑ Entire stream;

(b)           New River ‑ Onslow County ‑ US Highway 17 bridge to NC 24/US 258 bridge.

(7)           Roanoke River:  Halifax and Northampton counties - US 258 bridge to Roanoke Rapids dam.

(8)           Tar-Pamlico River:  Nash, Edgecombe, Pitt and Beaufort counties - N&S railroad at Washington upstream to Rocky Mount Mills Dam.

(9)           Neuse River:  Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Pitt and Craven counties - Pitchkettle Creek upstream to Milburnie Dam.

(10)         Cape Fear River:  Chatham, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland and Bladen counties - Lock and Dam No. 1 upstream to Buckhorn Dam.

(11)         Albemarle Sound:  Peter Mashoes Creek – Dare County – Entire Stream.

(12)         Croatan Sound:  Spencer Creek – Dare County – Entire Stream.

(13)         White Oak River: Onslow and Jones counties – Grants Creek upstream to Gibson Bridge Road (SR 1118).

(14)         Northeast Cape Fear River: Pender County – NC 210 bridge upstream to NC 53 bridge.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134;

Eff. August 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; November 1, 2007; August 1, 2004; July 1, 2000; July 1, 1993.

 

Section .0600 - Anadromous Fish Spawning Areas

 

15A NCAC 10C .0601      SCOPE AND PURPOSE

To establish and protect those inland waters which function as spawning areas for anadromous fishes.  These Rules will set forth anadromous fish spawning areas in inland fishing waters.  Anadromous fish spawning areas are necessary for the spawning and early development of North Carolina's important anadromous fishes.  Anadromous fish spawning areas provide the physical, biological, and chemical attributes necessary for anadromous fishes to spawn successfully.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-132; 113-134;

Eff. May 1, 2008.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0602      ANADROMOUS FISH SPAWNING areas DEFINED

Anadromous fish spawning areas are those areas where evidence of spawning of anadromous fishes has been documented by direct observation of spawning, capture of running ripe females, or capture of eggs or early larvae.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-132; 113-134;

Eff. May 1, 2008.

 

15A NCAC 10C .0603      DESCRIPTIVE BOUNDARIES

The following waters have been designated as anadromous spawning areas: 

(1)           Currituck Sound Area:

(a)           Northwest River including designated tributaries - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 30.8374' N – 76° 04.8770' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 30.7061' N – 76° 04.8916' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 33.0259' N – 76° 09.1609' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 33.0292' N – 76° 08.9488' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with Northwest River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Moyock Run (Shingle Landing Creek) - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 31.5252' N – 76° 10.7385' W; running easterly along US 168 (Caratoke Highway) to the east shore to a point 36° 31.5140' N – 76° 10.7239 W.

(b)           Tull Creek - southwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 30.0991' N – 76° 04.8587' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 29.9599' N – 76° 04.7126' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Tull Creek to the specified boundary:

(i)            Roland Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 29.8274' N – 76° 08.1294' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 29.8120' N – 76° 08.1308' W; and east of a line beginning on the northwest shore of Guinea Mill Run Canal at a point 36° 28.9227' N – 76° 07.9126' W; running southerly along US 168 bridge (Caratoke Highway) to the southeast shore at a point 36° 28.9045' N – 76° 07.8956' W.

(ii)           New Bridge Creek - upstream (south) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 28.0046' N – 76° 06.3312' W; running southeasterly along US 168 bridge (Caratoke Highway) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 27.9970' N – 76° 06.3243' W.

(iii)          Cowells Creek - upstream (south) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 27.1571' N – 76° 04.5391' W; running easterly along US 168 bridge (Caratoke Highway) to the east shore to a point 36° 27.1542' N – 76° 04.5128' W.

(iv)          Buckskin Creek - upstream (southeast) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 27.1925' N – 76° 04.1671' W; running easterly along US 168 bridge (Caratoke Highway) to the east shore to a point 36° 27.1989' N – 76° 04.1400' W.

(c)           West Landing - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 30.9867' N – 76° 02.5868' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 31.0045' N – 76° 02.3780' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 31.5828' N – 76° 02.2977' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 31.5618' N – 76° 02.2870' W.

(2)           Albemarle Sound Area:

(a)           Big Flatty Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 09.3267' N – 76° 08.2562' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 08.9730' N – 76° 08.3175' W; including the following tributaries from the confluence with Big Flatty Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(i)            Chapel Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 09.6689' N – 76° 09.9595' W; running southerly along SSR 1103 (Esclip Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 09.6522' N – 76° 09.9612' W.

(ii)           Mill Dam Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 09.0094' N – 76° 10.1667' W; running southerly along SSR 1103 (Esclip Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 08.9931' N – 76° 10.1611'W.

(b)           Salmon Creek - southwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 00.4648' N – 76° 42.3513' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 00.3373' N – 76° 42.1499' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 02.4783' N – 76° 45.8164' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 02.4807' N – 76° 45.7906' W.

(c)           Mackeys (Kendrick) Creek - southeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.3806' N – 76° 36.4356' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 56.3122' N – 76° 36.4613' W; and northwest of a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 52.5564' N – 76° 37.0968' W; running northeasterly along SSR 1122 bridge (Buncombe Avenue) to the northeast shore to a point 35° 52.5470' N – 76° 37.1113' W; including the following tributary from its confluence with Mackeys Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Main Canal - upstream (southeast) to a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 52.8229' N – 76° 36.6916' W; running northeasterly along SSR 1122 (Buncombe Avenue) to the northeast shore to a point 35° 52.8390' N – 76° 36.6708' W.

(d)           Deep Creek (Washington County) - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.1291' N – 76° 23.1179' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 56.0744' N – 76° 23.1230' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 55.4610' N – 76° 25.3996' W; running southerly along SSR 1302 bridge (Pea Ridge Road) to the south shore to a point 35° 55.4323' N – 76° 25.3974' W; and east of line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 55.7173' N – 76° 25.3848' W; running southerly along SSR 1302 bridge (Pea Ridge Road) to the south shore to a point 35° 55.6863' N – 76° 25.3957' W.

(e)           Banton (Bunton or Maybell) Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 56.0552' N – 76° 22.0664' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 35° 56.1151' N – 76° 21.8760' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 55.6117' N – 76° 22.2463' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 55.6128' N – 76° 22.2126' W.

(f)            Tom Mann Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 58.5296' N – 75° 52.8982' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point  35° 58.5175' N – 75° 53.6851' W.

(g)           Peter Mashoes Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 57.2344' N – 75° 48.3087' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 56.7805' N – 75° 48.3563' W.

(3)           North River, including Indiantown Creek and other designated tributaries - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.7703' N – 75° 58.7384' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.4130' N – 75° 58.7228' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 21.7982' N – 76° 07.0726' W; running easterly along US 158 bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 21.8030' N – 76° 07.0612' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with North River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Crooked Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.7171' N – 76° 01.4361' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.7002' N – 76° 01.4296' W.

(4)           North River Area:  Bump Landing Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 19.3757' N – 75° 57.9057' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 19.2496' N – 75° 57.9107' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 19.4049' N – 75° 57.4963' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 19.3830' N – 75° 57.5098' W.

(a)           Narrow Ridges Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.3249' N – 75° 57.8910' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.1388' N – 75° 57.9029' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.1566' N – 75° 57.4879' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.1221' N – 75° 57.5095' W.

(b)           Great Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.1045' N – 75° 58.4289' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 17.9882' N – 75° 58.4458' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 17.1310' N – 76° 00.3414'W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 17.1163' N – 76° 00.3310' W. On the north shore of Great Creek within the fourth tributary:  south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 18.1729' N – 75° 58.9137' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.1640' N – 75° 58.9022' W.

(c)           Deep Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 17.1576' N – 75° 56.7594' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 16.9846' N – 75° 56.6802' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 17.9515' N – 75° 56.5174' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 17.9523' N – 75° 56.5042' W.

(d)           Public Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 17.2462' N – 75° 58.2774' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 17.2121' N – 75° 58.2788' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 17.1661' N – 75° 58.6059' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 17.1574' N – 75° 58.6003' W.

(5)           Pasquotank River including designated tributaries - main stem waters north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 18.0769' N – 76° 13.0979' W; running easterly along the south side of the US 158 bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 18.0594' N – 76° 12.9620' W and south of a line at South Mills beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 26.7432' N – 76° 19.6666' W; running easterly along US 17 business (Main Street) to the east shore to a point 36° 26.7642' N – 76° 19.5932' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 26.1777' N – 76° 22.1079' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 36° 26.1693' N – 76° 22.1257' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with the Pasquotank River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Joyce Creek - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 26.8329' N – 76° 17.6174' W; running southwesterly along SSR 1224 bridge (Old Swamp Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 26.8103' N – 76° 17.6193' W.

(b)           Sawyers Creek - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 21.7237' N – 76° 10.2841' W; running southwesterly along SSR 1203 bridge (Scotland Road)  to the southwestern shore to a point 36° 21.7115' N – 76° 10.3041' W.

(c)           Knobbs Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 18.5172' N – 76° 14.5920' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1309 bridge (Main Street Extended) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 18.4973' N – 76° 14.5729' W.

(6)           Pasquotank River Area:

(a)           Charles Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 17.8090' N – 76° 13.0732' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 17.8024' N – 76° 13.0407' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 17.4713' N – 76° 13.2227' W; running southeasterly along NC 34 (Road Street) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 17.4565' N – 76° 13.2140' W.

(b)           Areneuse Creek and Mill Dam Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 17.3133' N – 76° 08.1655' W; running southeasterly along NC 343 bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 17.1328' N – 76° 07.6269' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the west shore of Mill Dam Creek at a point 36° 18.5994' N – 76° 07.8672' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 18.5991' N – 76° 07.8379' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore of Areneuse Creek at a point 36° 18.0342' N – 76° 06.9433' W, running southeasterly along NC 343 bridge to the southeast shore to a point 36° 18.0196' N – 76° 06.9245' W.

(c)           Portohonk Creek - northeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 15.0519' N – 76° 05.2793' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 15.0391' N – 76° 05.2532' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 16.2809' N – 76° 04.8223' W; running easterly along NC 343 bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 16.2794' N – 76° 04.8051' W.

(d)           New Begun Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 13.3298' N – 76° 08.2878' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 13.0286' N – 76° 08.1820' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 12.5577' N – 76° 10.3998' W; running southwesterly along NC 34 bridge (Weeksville Road) to the southwest shore to a point 36° 12.5467' N – 76° 10.4186' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 12.3280' N – 76° 10.4934' W; running northwesterly to the northwest shore to a point 36° 12.3067' N – 76° 10.5438' W.

(7)           Little River including designated tributaries - main stem wasters northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 12.2950' N – 76° 17.1405' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 12.5237' N – 76° 16.9418' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 16.9826' N – 76° 23.1763' W; running easterly along SSR 1223 (Five Bridges Road, Perquimans County) and SSR 1303 (Cherry Glade Road, Pasquotank County) bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 16.9840' N – 76° 23.1570' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with Little River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Halls Creek - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36°13.2067' N – 76° 16.5769' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1140 (Halls Creek Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 13.1944' N – 76° 16.5523' W.

(8)           Little River Area:

(a)           Deep Creek - southwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 11.0945' N – 76° 16.6717' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 10.7510' N – 76° 16.2258' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 10.2553' N – 76° 18.7639' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 10.2633' N – 76° 18.7267' W.

(b)           Symonds Creek - northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 10.2898' N – 76° 14.1801' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 10.2042' N – 76° 14.0368' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 11.4843' N – 76° 13.7218' W; running easterly along SSR 1100 bridge (Nixonton Road) to the east shore to a point 36° 11.4839' N – 76° 13.7028' W.

(9)           Perquimans River including designated tributaries - main stem waters southwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 11.6569' N – 76° 28.0055' W; running southeasterly along the US 17 business bridge (Church Street) to the east shore to a point 36° 11.6123' N – 76° 27.9382' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.8942' N – 76° 31.1905' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.8723' N – 76° 31.1734' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 18.9514' N – 76° 32.6510' W; running easterly along SSR 1202 bridge (Perry Bridge Road) to the east shore to a point 36° 18.9361' N – 76° 32.6584' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with the Perquimans River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Goodwin Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 11.2807' N – 76° 33.6243' W; running southerly along SSR 1110 bridge (Center Hill Highway) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 11.2585' N – 76° 33.5755' W; and north to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 11.0494' N – 76° 32.3409' W; running easterly along SSR 1110 bridge (Center Hill Highway) to the east shore to a point 36° 11.0383' N – 76° 32.2780' W.

(10)         Perquimans River Area:

(a)           Mill Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 11.9757' N – 76° 27.5752' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 11.9766' N – 76° 27.2511' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 13.2910' N – 76° 26.6778' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1214 bridge (Lake Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 13.2762' N – 76° 26.6580' W.

(b)           Walter's Creek - southwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 11.1305' N – 76° 27.9185' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 11.0224' N – 76° 27.6626' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 10.0498' N – 76° 28.4208' W; running southwesterly along US 17 to the southwest shore to a point 36° 10.0408' N – 76° 28.4354' W.

(c)           Suttons Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 10.0394' N – 76° 23.7945' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 09.9325' N – 76° 23.5263' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 11.5101' N – 76° 23.6253' W; running easterly along SSR 1300 bridge (New Hope Road) to the east shore to a point 36° 11.5081' N – 76° 23.6060' W.

(d)           Jackson (Cove) Creek - northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 08.4642' N – 76° 20.3324' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 08.4159' N – 76° 20.2890' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 08.6083' N – 76° 20.1512' W; running southeasterly to the southeast shore to a point 36° 08.6007' N – 76° 20.1312' W.

(e)           Muddy Creek - northwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 07.0381' N – 76° 17.1350' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 07.0218' N – 76° 17.1226' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 07.5922' N – 76° 16.8153' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 07.5933' N – 76° 16.7757' W.

(11)         Yeopim River including designated tributaries - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 05.4526' N – 76° 27.7651' W; running southerly to the south shore to Norcum Point 36° 05.1029' N – 76° 27.7120' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 05.1202' N – 76° 29.5050' W; running southwesterly to a point 36° 05.0644' N – 76° 29.5586' W; and running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 05.0571' N – 76° 29.4657' W; including the following tributaries from the confluence with Yeopim River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Yeopim Creek - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 07.4416' N – 76° 26.4833' W; running easterly along SSR 1347 (Holiday Island Road) to the east shore to a point 36° 07.4409' N – 76° 26.4667' W.

(b)           Bethel Creek - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 36° 07.1208' N – 76° 29.3581' W; running northeasterly to the northeast shore to a point 36° 07.1724' N – 76° 29.2818' W.

(c)           Burnt Mill Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 05.7727' N – 76° 32.6234' W; running southwesterly along US 17 to the southwest shore to a point 36° 05.7663' N – 76° 32.6374' W.

(d)           Middleton Creek - upstream (southeast) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 04.2913' N – 76° 30.2613' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1100 bridge (Drummond Point Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 04.2813' N – 76° 30.2460' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 04.0714' N – 76° 29.5779' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1100 (Drummond Point Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 04.0639' N – 76° 29.5583' W.

(12)         Edenton Bay Area:

(a)           Pembroke Creek (Pollock Swamp) - northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 03.2819' N – 76° 37.0138' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 03.4185' N – 76° 36.6783' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 08.1216' N – 76° 37.7846' W; running southerly along SSR 1316 bridge (Greenhall Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 08.1035' N – 76° 37.7818' W.

(b)           Queen Anne Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 03.3757' N – 76° 36.3629' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 03.3551' N – 76° 36.3574' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 03.5719' N – 76° 35.0968' W; running southeasterly along NC 32 bridge (Yeopim Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 03.5659' N – 76° 35.0796' W.

(13)         Chowan River Area:

(a)           Buckhorn Creek (Hertford County) - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 31.9519' N – 76° 55.2580' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 31.9628' N – 76° 55.2429' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 31.9443' N – 76° 55.8902' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 31.9099' N – 76° 55.8904' W.

(b)           Somerton Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 31.7177' N – 76° 54.8327' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 31.7143' N – 76° 54.7810' W; and south of the NC/VA state line.

(c)           Meherrin River Area:

(i)            Vaughan's Creek (Kirby's Creek) - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 28.3541' N – 77° 05.6259' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 28.3307' N – 77° 05.6369' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 28.7019' N – 77° 08.7566' W; running southerly along SSR 1362 bridge (Watson Mill Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 28.6834' N – 77° 08.7593' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 28.0921' N – 77° 08.5719' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1362 bridge (Watson Mill Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 28.0787' N – 77° 08.5557' W.  Turkey Creek - from the confluence with Vaughan's Creek upstream; and northeast of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 27.8047' N – 77° 07.7316' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1363 (Turkey Branch Road, Northampton County) and SSR 1300 bridge (Wise Store Road, Hertford County) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 27.7957' N – 77° 07.7170' W.

(ii)           Potecasi Creek - southwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 26.1234' N – 76° 57.5262' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 26.1005' N – 76° 57.4960' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 22.1250' N – 77° 05.3109' W;  running southerly along SSR 1160 bridge (Spring Avenue) to the south shore to a point 36° 22.1035' N – 77° 05.3220' W.

(A)          Old Tree Swamp - from the confluence with Potecasi Creek upstream to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 22.5909' N – 77° 04.0382' W; running easterly along SSR 1167 bridge (Beaver Dam Road) to the east shore to a point 36° 22.5895' N – 77° 04.0192' W.

(B)          Cutawhiskie Creek - from the confluence with Potecasi Creek upstream to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 21.2751' N – 77° 04.3761' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1137 bridge (Liverman Mill Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 21.2583' N - 77° 04.3461' W.

(d)           Mud Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 23.5134' N – 76° 53.9131' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 23.5132' N – 76° 53.8815' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 23.6287' N – 76° 53.8782' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 23.5943' N – 76° 53.8784' W.

(e)           Catherine Creek (Hertford County) - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 22.9579' N – 76° 53.1994' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 22.9456' N – 76° 53.1742' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 22.7142' N – 76° 53.1872' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 22.7209' N – 76° 53.1631' W.

(f)            Buckhorn Creek (Run Off Swamp) (Gates County) - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 22.9682' N – 76° 51.9172' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 22.9614' N – 76° 51.8870' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 23.3321' N – 76° 52.0233' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 23.3101' N – 76° 52.0244' W.

(g)           Spikes Creek - northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 22.6515' N – 76° 50.8882' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 22.6684' N – 76° 50.8493' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 22.9574' N – 76°51.4953' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 22.9419' N – 76° 51.4959' W.

(h)           Barnes Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 21.8820' N – 76° 48.6419' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 21.8978' N – 76° 48.5902' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 22.8208' N – 76° 50.0931' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 22.7839' N – 76° 50.0941' W.

(i)            Shingle (Island) Creek - north of a line beginning on the north shore of the western most entrance into Chowan River at a point 36° 21.8449' N – 76° 48.0940' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 21.7831' N – 76° 48.0427' W.  At the eastern most entrance to the creek: north of a line beginning of the west shore at a point 36° 21.8469' N – 76° 47.2668' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 21.9062' N – 76° 47.1862' W.

(j)            Sarem Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 21.7259' N – 76° 46.4085' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 21.6748' N – 76° 46.4392' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 36° 25.0514' N – 76° 49.4791' W; running northeasterly along SSR 1118 bridge (Taylors Road) to the northeast shore to a point 36° 25.0710' N – 76° 49.4657' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with Sarem Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Cole Creek - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 24.5075' N – 76° 47.0641' W; running easterly along NC 37 bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 24.5048' N – 76° 47.0397' W.

(k)           Hodges Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 21.2459' N – 76° 46.3421' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 21.1823' N – 76° 46.3243' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 21.1597' N – 76° 46.6073' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 21.1309' N – 76° 46.6084' W.

(l)            Wiccacon River including designated tributaries - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 20.5439' N – 76° 45.4550' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 20.4684' N – 76° 45.3392' W; and east of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 19.0196' N – 76° 53.5596' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 36° 18.9936' N – 76° 53.5751' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Wiccacon River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(i)            Ahoskie Creek - upstream (south) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 16.4860' N – 76° 54.1172' W; running easterly along NC 561 to the east shore to a point 36° 16.4796' N – 76° 54.0933' W.

(ii)           Chinkapin Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 15.1763' N – 76° 50.9758' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1432 bridge (Big Mill Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 15.1671' N – 76° 50.9567' W.

(m)          Beef Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 20.3235' N – 76° 44.6401' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 20.3070' N – 76° 44.5797' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 20.9720' N – 76° 44.7930' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 21.0058' N – 76° 44.7931' W.

(n)           Goose Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 19.5838' N – 76° 44.5971' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 19.5375' N – 76° 44.5925' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 19.9806' N – 76° 45.2656' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 19.9799' N – 76° 45.2356' W.

(o)           Swain Mill (Taylor Pond) Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 18.5808' N – 76° 43.4729' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 18.5616' N – 76° 43.4706' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 18.5029' N – 76° 43.5882' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1441 bridge (Swain Mill Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 18.4906' N – 76° 43.5694' W.

(p)           Bennetts Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 18.3499' N – 76° 42.0286' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 18.4057' N – 76° 41.6986' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 25.9349' N – 76° 41.9859' W; running southeasterly along the Merchants Mill Pond Dam to the southeast shore to a point 36° 25.9154' N – 76° 41.9530' W.

(q)           Catherine Creek including designated tributaries -main stem waters northeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 18.1011' N – 76° 41.1286' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 17.9413' N – 76° 40.8627' W; including the following tributaries from the confluence with Catherine Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(i)            Trotman Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 20.8213' N – 76° 38.1714' W; running southerly along NC 32 bridge to the south shore to a point 36° 20.7989' N – 76° 38.1646' W.

(ii)           Warwick Creek - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 19.8212' N – 76° 38.0409' W; running southerly along NC 32 bridge to the south shore to a point 36° 19.7833' N – 76° 38.0235' W.

(r)            Stumpy Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 16.6440' N – 76° 40.4251' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 16.6255' N – 76° 40.4196' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 16.7331' N – 76° 39.9154' W; running southerly along SSR 1232 bridge (Cannon Ferry Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 16.7220' N – 76° 39.9220' W.

(s)            Dillard (Indian) Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 14.2234' N – 76° 41.5901' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 14.2023' N – 76° 41.5855' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 13.7727' N – 76° 40.3878' W; running southerly along SSR 1226 (Dillards Mill Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 13.7592' N – 76° 40.3875' W.

(t)            Keel (Currituck) Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 14.1245' N – 76° 44.1961' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 14.0899' N – 76° 43.8533' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 15.2755' N – 76° 43.5077' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 15.2746' N – 76° 43.4750' W.

(u)           Rocky Hock Creek - east of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 06.5662' N – 76° 41.3108' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36° 06.6406' N – 76° 41.4512' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 08.3485' N – 76° 39.9790' W; running southeasterly along the face of Bennett Mill Pond Dam to the southeast shore to a point 36° 08.3353' N – 76° 39.9603' W.

(14)         Cashie River including designated tributaries - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 54.7865' N – 76° 49.0521' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 54.6691' N – 76° 49.0553' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 05.7521' N – 77° 04.0494' W; running southerly along SSR 1260 bridge (Republican Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 05.7171' N – 77° 04.0344' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Cashie River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Connarista Swamp - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 06.4489' N – 77° 02.4658' W; running easterly along SSR 1221 bridge (Charles Taylor Road) to the east shore to a point 36° 06.4501' N – 77° 02.4236' W.

(b)           Whiteoak Swamp - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 04.6654' N – 76° 58.5841' W; running southeasterly along US 13 to the southeast shore to a point 36° 04.6480' N – 76° 58.5676' W.

(c)           Chiska Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 02.5659' N – 77° 02.3636' W; running southerly along SSR 1112 bridge (Roquist Pocosin Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 02.5463' N – 77° 02.3730' W.

(d)           Hoggard Mill Creek - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 01.5828' N – 76° 56.9799' W; running southeasterly along the Hoggard Mill Pond Dam to the southeast shore to a point 36° 01.5479' N – 76° 56.9556' W.

(e)           Roquist Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 00.6453' N – 77° 02.8441' W; running southwesterly along SSR 1112 bridge (Roquist Pocosin Road) to the southwest shore to a point 36° 00.6119' N – 77° 02.8719' W.

(f)            Wading Place Creek - upstream (east) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 58.1755' N – 76° 53.0010' W; running easterly along NC 308 bridge (Cooper Hill Road) to the east shore to a point 35° 58.1631' N – 76° 52.9542' W.

(15)         Cashie River Area:

(a)           Broad Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 55.0568' N – 76° 45.2632' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 55.0543' N – 76° 45.1309' W.

(b)           Grennel Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35°55.3147' N – 76° 44.5010' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 55.2262' N – 76° 44.5495' W.

(c)           Cashoke Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.2934' N – 76° 44.1769' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 56.2623' N – 76° 44.1993' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.3383' N – 76° 44.5958' W; running southerly along NC 45 bridge to the south shore to a point 35° 56.2839' N – 76° 44.5836' W.

(16)         Roanoke River including designated tributaries - main stem waters northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 12.5264' N – 77° 23.0223' W; running northeasterly along the south side of the US 258 bridge to the east shore to a point 36° 12.5674' N – 77° 22.9724' W; to the base of the Roanoke Rapids Dam; including the following tributary from the confluence with Roanoke River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Bridgers Creek - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 15.0786' N – 77° 22.3766' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 15.0846' N – 77° 22.3083' W.

(17)         Roanoke River Area:

(a)           Kehukee Swamp - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 05.1942' N – 77° 18.9596' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 36° 05.1670' N – 77° 18.9761' W; and south of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36° 05.7019' N – 77° 19.3686' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 36° 05.6909' N – 77° 19.3902' W.

(b)           Wire Gut - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 00.9580' N – 77° 13.0755' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 00.9542' N – 77° 13.0320' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 01.4294' N – 77° 13.6239' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 01.3873' N – 77° 13.6270' W.

(c)           Apple Tree Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 00.4174' N – 77° 12.3252' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36° 00.3987' N – 77° 12.3088' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36° 02.3508' N – 77° 13.6900' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36° 02.3497' N – 77° 13.6055' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 01.9425' N – 77° 12.4225' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36° 01.9066' N – 77° 12.4222' W.

(d)           Indian Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 59.0794' N – 77° 11.4926' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 59.0597' N – 77° 11.4967' W; and southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 36° 03.5103' N – 77° 10.6537' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1108 bridge (Indian Woods Road) to the southeast shore to a point 36° 03.4917' N – 77° 10.6402' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 02.3940' N – 77° 09.3722' W; running southerly along SSR 1108 bridge (Indian Woods Road) to the south shore to a point 36° 02.3787' N – 77° 09.3711' W.

(e)           Prices Gut - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 57.3701' N – 77° 11.9815' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 57.3552' N – 77° 11.9796' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 57.4077' N – 77° 12.0401' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 57.3763' N – 77° 12.0135' W.

(f)            Rainbow Gut - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 55.9334' N – 77° 11.3246' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 55.9275' N – 77° 11.3136' W.

(g)           Coniott Creek including designated tributaries - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.6562' N – 77° 04.2860' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 56.6397' N – 77° 04.3066' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 59.4139' N – 77° 08.2158' W; running southwesterly along SSR 1122 bridge (Broad Neck Road) to the southwest shore to a point 35° 59.3976' N – 77° 08.2491' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with Coniott Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary: Frog Level Swamp - upstream to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 58.0087' N – 77° 06.3447' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 57.9223' N – 77° 06.3483' W.

(h)           Conoho Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 52.5439' N – 77° 02.6673' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 52.5407' N – 77° 02.6280' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 58.3271' N – 77° 17.6825' W; running southwesterly along NC 11 bridge to the southwest shore to a point 35° 58.3096' N – 77° 17.7006' W.

(i)            Sweetwater Creek including designated tributaries - main stem east of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 51.6464' N – 77° 00.5090' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 35° 51.6252' N – 77° 00.4879' W; and northwest of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 48.6186' N – 77° 02.0173' W; running southwesterly along SSR 1501 bridge (Big Mill Road) to the southwest shore to a point 35° 48.5968' N – 77° 02.0311' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with Sweetwater Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Peter Swamp - upstream (southeast) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 49.0798' N – 77° 00.2510' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 49.0705' N – 77° 00.2118' W.

(j)            Unnamed Tributary (upstream of Old Mill Creek) - northwest of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 53.9775' N – 76° 56.6431' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 35° 53.9913' N – 76° 56.6238' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 54.1143' N – 76° 56.8761' W; running southwesterly along SSR 1542 bridge (Bertie County) to the southwest shore to a point 35° 54.0927' N – 76° 56.8956' W.

(k)           Old Mill Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 53.9483' N – 76° 55.3921' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 35° 53.9378' N – 76° 55.3710' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 54.3010' N – 76° 55.0492' W; running easterly along SSR 1518 bridge (Bertie County) to the east shore to a point 35° 54.3085' N – 76° 55.0164' W.

(l)            Gardner Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35°50.1599' N – 76° 56.0211' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 50.1633' N – 76° 55.9899' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 48.4791' N – 76° 55.9768' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 48.4834' N – 76° 55.9378' W.

(m)          Cut Cypress Creek - northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 51.9465' N – 76° 53.5762' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.9229' N – 76° 53.5556' W.

(n)           Roses Creek - southeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 50.1683' N – 76° 50.9664' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 50.1363' N – 76° 56.9907' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 49.5501' N – 76° 50.7358' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 49.5649' N – 76° 50.6674' W.

(o)           Broad Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 52.5191' N – 76° 50.4235' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 52.4262' N – 76° 50.3791' W.

(p)           Welch Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 51.8458' N – 76° 45.8381' W; running easterly along the shoreline and across the mouths of the three creek entrances to the east shore to a point 35° 51.8840' N – 76° 45.6207' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 49.7473' N – 76° 47.1058' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 49.7506' N – 76° 47.0778' W.

(q)           Conaby Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 55.3779' N – 76° 42.4401' W; and running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 55.3752' N – 76° 42.3408' W; north of a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 51.6443' N – 76° 44.5188' W; running northeasterly to the northeast shore to a point 35° 51.6538' N – 76° 44.4926' W.

(18)         Scuppernong River including designated tributaries - main stem waters south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 54.0158' N – 76° 15.4605' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 54.0406' N – 76° 15.3007' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 51.6231' N – 76° 26.1210' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.5952' N – 76° 26.1178' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Scuppernong River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           First Creek (Rider's Creek) - upstream (south) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 53.5116' N – 76° 14.0222' W; running southerly along NC 94 bridge to the south shore to a point 35° 53.4948' N – 76° 14.0125' W.

(b)           Second Creek - upstream (south) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 53.0541' N – 76° 15.1132' W; running southerly along SSR 1105 (Bodwell Road) to the south shore to a point 35° 53.0286' N – 76° 15.1211' W.

(c)           Lake Phelps - all waters of Lake Phelps and the following main canals connecting to Scuppernong River:

(i)            Moccasin Canal;

(ii)           Western (Enoch) Canal;

(iii)          Mountain Canal;

(iv)          Thirty-foot Canal;

(v)           Somerset (Old) Canal;

(vi)          Batava (Minerva, Magnolia, Bonarva) Canal; and

(vii)         Bee Tree Canal.

(19)         Alligator River Area:

(a)           Little Alligator River - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.7640' N – 76° 01.0299' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 55.9362' N – 76° 01.2492' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 56.4784' N – 76° 07.5433' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 56.4771' N – 76° 07.5076' W.

(b)           East Lake - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 56.1676' N – 75° 55.2603' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 55.4727' N – 75° 55.5043' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 58.6402' N – 75° 52.1855' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 58.5887' N – 75° 51.7080' W.

(c)           Second Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 51.7616' N – 76° 03.5105' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.1317' N – 76° 03.8003' W.

(d)           Milltail Creek - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 50.5192' N – 75° 58.6134' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 50.4956' N – 75° 58.6158' W; and northwest of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 47.7377' N – 75° 53.1295' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 35° 47.7180' N – 75° 53.1295' W.

(e)           Whipping Creek and Lake - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 41.3930' N – 76° 00.2481' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 41.3717' N – 76° 00.2554' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 42.1737' N – 75° 57.6728' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 42.1570' N – 75° 57.6732' W.

(f)            Swan Creek and Lake - east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 40.2674' N – 76° 00.7360' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 40.2420' N – 76° 00.7548' W.

(20)         Alligator River including designated tributary - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at Cherry Ridge Landing at a point 35° 42.2172' N – 76° 08.4686' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 42.1327' N – 76° 08.5002' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 36.0502' N – 76° 13.9734' W; running southerly along NC 94 to the south shore to a point 35° 36.0300' N – 76° 13.9779' W; including the following tributary from the confluence with Alligator River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:  Northwest Fork - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 43.6826' N – 76° 11.9538' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 43.6495' N – 76° 11.9692' W.

(21)         Croatan Sound Area:

(a)           Spencer Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 51.4205' N – 75° 45.0645' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.3876' N – 75° 45.0640' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore 35° 51.5597' N – 75° 45.0141' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.4624' N – 75° 45.0498' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 51.6783' N – 75° 44.9125' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.5693' N – 75° 45.0109' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 52.5133' N – 75° 46.3070' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 52.4635' N – 75° 46.3110' W.

(b)           Callaghan Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 51.1312' N – 75° 45.1327' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 51.0953' N – 75° 45.1629' W; and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 50.0643' N – 75° 46.6041' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 50.0306' N – 75° 46.6034' W.

(22)         Pamlico River Area:

(a)           Chocowinity Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 30.4778' N – 77° 04.4049' W; running southerly to the east shore at a point 35° 30.4692' N – 77° 04.3862' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 28.3423' N – 77° 05.0615' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 28.3413' N – 77° 05.0334' W.

(b)           Blounts Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 23.9524' N – 76° 58.0357' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 23.9565' N – 76° 57.9576' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 22.3210' N – 76° 57.7210' W; running easterly along NC 33 to the east shore at a point 35° 22.3080' N – 76° 57.6706' W; on Nancy Run, north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 22.7132' N – 76° 59.0317' W; running easterly along NC 33 to the east shore at a point 35° 22.7064' N – 76° 59.0191' W; on Herring Run, north and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 22.5435' N – 76° 56.9969' W; running southerly along SSR 1100 (Core Point Road) to the south shore at a point 35° 22.5168' N – 76° 57.0063' W.

(c)           Durham Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 21.5669' N – 76° 51.9166' W; running easterly along the SSR 1955 bridge (Durham Creek Lane) to the east shore at a point 35° 21.5721' N – 76° 51.8621' W and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 19.1959' N – 76° 52.3278' W; running southeasterly along NC 33 to the east shore at a point 35° 19.1802' N – 76° 52.2947' W.

(d)           Little Goose Creek - north and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 28.7258' N – 76° 55.8667' W; running southeasterly to the south shore at a point 35° 28.5986' N – 76° 55.7922' W and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 29.0329' N – 76° 54.2344' W; running southeasterly along SSR 1334 (Camp Leach Road) to the south shore at a point 35° 29.0283' N – 76° 54.2228' W; and the unnamed northwest branch, south of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 29.4589' N – 76° 55.0263' W; running southwesterly to the south shore at a point 35° 29.4492' N – 76° 55.0322' W.

(e)           Broad Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 30.0451' N – 76° 57.6152' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 30.0459' N – 76° 57.5318' W and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 32.1646' N – 76° 58.5193' W; running easterly along US 264 to the east shore at a point 35° 32.1588' N – 76° 58.5048' W.

(f)            Runyon Creek - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 32.1615' N – 77° 02.3606' W; running easterly along the NC 32 bridge (Park Drive) to the east shore at a point 35° 32.1340' N – 77° 02.3438' W and south of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 33.0407' N – 77° 01.1497' W; running southeasterly to the south shore at a point 35° 33.0260' N – 77° 01.1449' W.

(23)         Tar River including designated tributaries - main stem waters west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 33.1993' N – 77° 05.3977' W; running southerly to the south shore at a point 35° 32.9978' N – 77° 05.1529' W and east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 57.6505' N – 77° 48.2537' W; running southeasterly along the Rocky Mount Mill Pond Dam to the south shore at a point 35° 57.5997' N – 77° 48.1412' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Tar River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Swift Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 00.5829' N – 77° 39.9482' W; running southerly to the south shore at a point 36° 00.5413' N – 77° 39.9616' W.

(b)           Fishing Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36° 08.0430' N – 77° 43.2829' W; running southerly to the south shore at a point 36° 08.0173' N – 77° 43.2921' W; on Deep Creek, upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 57.8688' N – 77° 27.2298' W; running southeasterly to the south shore at a point 35° 57.8403' N – 77° 27.1890' W.

(c)           Town Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 48.4135' N – 77° 36.7687' W; running southwesterly to the south shore at a point 35° 48.3728' N – 77° 36.7686' W.

(d)           Otter Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 43.2448' N – 77° 31.9013' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 43.2385' N – 77° 31.8735' W.

(e)           Tyson Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 40.4470' N – 77° 30.7015' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 40.4107' N – 77° 30.6075' W.

(f)            Conetoe Creek - upstream (north and east) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 44.5315' N – 77° 29.1676' W; running southerly to the south shore at a point 35° 44.5071' N – 77° 29.1894' W.

(g)           Hardee Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 35.6842' N – 77° 19.3857' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 35.6781' N – 77° 19.3680' W.

(h)           Chicod Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 34.6186' N – 77° 14.0233' W; running southerly to the east shore at a point 35° 34.5985' N – 77° 14.0169' W.

(i)            Old Grindle Creek - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 35.3098' N – 77° 09.9461' W; running southerly along SSR 1565 (Grimesland Bridge Road) to the south shore at a point 35° 35.2891' N – 77° 09.9511' W.

(j)            Bear Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 32.4699' N – 77° 07.4185' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 32.4697' N – 77° 07.3758' W.

(24)         Tranters Creek including designated tributaries - main stem waters north and west of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 33.1993' N – 77° 05.3978' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 33.2408' N – 77° 05.0872' W and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 45.7848' N – 77° 15.2294' W; running easterly to the east shore at a point 35° 45.7905' N – 77° 15.1931' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Tranters Creek in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Aggie Run - upstream (east) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 38.3433' N – 77° 05.5003' W; running southeasterly to the south shore at a point 35° 38.2633' N – 77° 05.4097' W.

(b)           Cherry Run - upstream (northeast) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 35.1560' N – 77° 04.0436' W; running southerly along US 17 to the south shore at a point 35° 35.1404' N – 77° 04.0437' W.

(25)         Lake Mattamuskeet - all waters and all inland manmade tributaries of Lake Mattamuskeet.

(26)         Bay River Area:  Trent Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 06.2738' N – 76° 43.1071' W; running easterly along the NC 55 bridge (Pamlico County) to the east shore to a point 35° 06.2603' N – 76° 43.0741' W; and north of a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 04.3545' N – 76° 42.8282' W; running northeasterly to the northeast shore to a point 35° 04.3686' N – 76° 42.8117' W.

(27)         Neuse River including designated tributaries - main stem waters south of a line beginning on the east shore at a point 35° 47.9955' N – 78° 32.2902' W; running westerly along Milburnie Dam (Bridges Lake Dam) to the west shore to a point 35° 48.0280' N – 78° 32.3989' W; and northwest of a line near Pitch Kettle Creek beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 16.9793' N – 77° 15.5529' W; running south to the south shore to a point 35° 16.9237' N – 77° 15.5461' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with Neuse River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Middle Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 30.4489' N – 78° 24.1072' W; running northeasterly along the NC 210 bridge (Johnston County) to the northeast shore to a point 35° 30.4767' N – 78° 24.0676' W.

(b)           Mill Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 20.7619' N – 78° 20.0813' W; running southerly along the SSR 1185 bridge (Joyner Bridge Road) to the south shore to a point 35° 20.7262' N – 78° 20.0938' W.

(c)           Little River - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 40.0035' N – 78° 15.5262' W; running northeasterly along the NC 42 bridge (Johnston County) to the northeast shore to a point 35° 40.0142' N – 78° 15.5060' W.

(d)           Walnut Creek - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 15.5439' N – 77° 52.5703' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 15.5407' N – 77° 52.5574' W.

(e)           Bear Creek - upstream (north) to a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 21.1265' N – 77° 49.1500' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 35° 21.1125' N – 77° 49.1605' W.

(f)            Falling Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 15.6635' N – 77° 41.5862' W; running easterly along the US 70 bridge (Banks School Road) to the east shore to a point 35° 15.6687' N – 77° 41.5540' W.

(g)           Contentnea Creek - upstream (northwest) to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 34.1707' N – 77° 47.5396' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 34.1704' N – 77° 47.4966' W.

(h)           Halfmoon Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 19.1578' N – 77° 20.2050' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 19.1335' N – 77° 20.2036' W.

(i)            Village Creek - upstream (southwest) to a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 18.4795' N – 77° 18.1037' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 35° 18.4603' N – 77° 18.1121' W.

(j)            Kitten Creek - upstream (northwest) to include all waters.

(k)           Core Creek - upstream (west) to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 10.7941' N – 77° 18.9102' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 10.7715' N – 77° 18.9012' W.

(l)            Pitchkettle Creek - upstream (northwest) to include all waters.

(28)         Neuse River Area:

(a)           Turkey Quarter and Greens creeks - southeast of a line beginning on the west shore of Turkey Quarter Creek at a point 35° 15.6738' N – 77° 14.6823' W; running southeasterly to the southeast shore of Turkey Quarter Creek to a point 35° 15.6534' N – 77° 14.6470' W; and northwest of a line beginning on the north shore of Greens Creek at a point 35° 14.1883' N – 77° 11.8862' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore of Greens Creek to a point 35° 14.1389' N – 77° 11.7535' W.

(b)           Taylor Creek - northwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 14.3719' N – 77° 10.8050' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 14.3300' N – 77° 10.8352' W.

(c)           Pine Tree Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 12.6663' N – 77° 07.4285' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 12.7033' N – 77° 07.3594' W and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 12.8553' N – 77° 07.8300' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 12.8372' N – 77° 07.7934' W and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 13.2012' N – 77° 08.7753' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 35° 13.1714' N – 77° 08.7071' W.

(d)           Swift and Little Swift creeks - north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 11.5972' N – 77° 06.0562' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 11.5816' N – 77° 05.9861' W for both creeks and south of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 17.8175' N – 77° 08.9421' W; running southwesterly along the SSR 1440 bridge (Streets Ferry Road) to the southwest shore to a point 35° 17.8027' N – 77° 08.9529' W for Swift Creek; and southwest of two lines, one beginning on the northwest shore of Fisher Swamp at a point 35° 14.6533' N – 77° 03.9072' W; running southeasterly to the southeast shore to a point 35° 14.6322' N – 77° 03.8983' W; and the other beginning on the northwest shore of Little Swift Creek at a point 35° 14.1315' N – 77° 03.6823' W; running southeasterly along the SR 1627 bridge (Craven County) to the southeast shore to a point 35° 14.1179' N – 77° 03.6676' W for Little Swift Creek.

(e)           Bachelor Creek - west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35°09.0099' N – 77° 04.5858' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 08.9085' N – 77° 04.7172' W and east of a line at Rollover Creek beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 07.9194' N – 77° 11.9438' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 07.8931' N – 77° 11.9445' W.

(f)            Trent River Area:

(i)            Brice Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 02.1261' N – 77° 02.1243' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 02.1268' N – 77° 02.1015' W and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 59.7828' N - 77° 00.0710' W; running easterly along the SSR 1101 bridge (County Line Road) to the east shore to a point 34° 59.7789' N - 77° 00.0534' W.

(ii)           Mill Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 00.4595' N – 77° 12.8427' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 00.4593' N – 77° 12.8160' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 59.8881' N – 77° 12.8536' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 34° 59.8878' N – 77° 12.8368' W.

(iii)          Mill Run - southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point   35° 00.3766' N – 77° 16.8680' W;running southeasterly along the NC 58 bridge (Jones County) to the southeast shore to a point 35° 00.3654' N – 77° 16.8487' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 35° 00.0929' N – 77° 17.3282' W; running southeasterly to the southeast shore to a point 35° 00.0740' N – 77° 17.3024' W.

(g)           Trent River including all the waters of Jumping Creek - main stem waters southwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 01.9478' N – 77° 15.6377' W; running easterly along the SSR 1121 bridge (Oak Grove Road) to the east shore to a point 35° 01.9506' N – 77° 15.6095' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35° 04.0759' N – 77° 35.3891' W; running southwesterly along the SSR 1153 bridge (Vine Swamp Road) to the southwest shore to a point 35° 04.0624' N – 77° 35.4063' W; including all the waters of Jumping Creek.

(h)           Upper Broad Creek - northwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 06.8922' N – 76° 56.3911' W, running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 06.8623' N – 76° 56.3916' W and southeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 08.3197' N – 76° 58.7314' W; running easterly along the NC 55 bridge at the Craven and Pamlico county line to the east shore to a point 35° 08.3209' N – 76° 58.6753' W.

(i)            Beard Creek - northwest of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 02.6853' N – 76° 52.3346' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35° 02.6663' N – 76° 52.3351' W and southeast of line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 03.7198' N – 76° 52.6024' W; running northeasterly along the SSR 1115 bridge (Pamlico County) to the northeast shore to a point 35° 03.7258' N – 76° 52.5942' W.

(j)            Dawson Creek - northwest of a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 35° 01.8352' N – 76° 47.4672' W; running northeasterly to the northeast shore to a point 35° 01.8475' N – 76° 47.4283' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the southwest shore of Fork Run at a point 35° 02.1112' N – 76° 48.3083' W; running northeasterly along the SSR 1005 bridge (Pamlico County) to the northeast shore of Fork Run to a point 35° 02.1206' N – 76° 48.2922' W.

(k)           Slocum Creek:

(i)            Southwest Prong - southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 34° 53.1520' N – 76° 55.8540' W; running southeasterly along the SSR 1746 bridge (Greenfield Heights Boulevard) to the southeast shore to a point 34° 53.1369' N – 76° 55.8460' W; and northeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 51.5981' N – 76° 57.1687' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 34° 51.5935' N – 76° 57.1229' W.

(ii)           East Prong - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 52.9687' N – 76° 54.5195' W; running easterly along the NC 101 bridge (Fontana Boulevard) to the east shore to a point 34° 52.9680' N – 76° 54.5020' W.

(l)            Hancock Creek - south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 52.1403' N – 76° 50.8518' W; running easterly along the NC 101 bridge (Craven County) to the east shore to a point 34° 52.1412' N – 76° 50.8382' W.

(29)         White Oak River - main stem waters north and west of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 48.1466' N – 77° 11.4711' W; running easterly to a point on the west shore 34° 48.1620' N – 77° 11.4244' W; and south and east of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34.° 53.5120' N – 77° 51.4013' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 34° 53.5009' N – 77° 14.0194' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with White Oak River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Holston Creek - east to a line beginning on the north shore at a point  34°49.6284' N – 77° 09.3783' W; running southerly to shore at a point 34° 49.6177' N – 77° 09.3670' W.

(b)           Grant's Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34°47.9302' N – 77° 12.8060' W; running southerly along SSR 1434 bridge (Belgrade-Swansboro Road) to a point on the south shore 34° 47.9185' N – 77° 12.7954' W.

(30)         New River - main stem waters north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 45.1654' N – 77° 26.1222' W; running easterly along the US Highway 17 bridge to a point on the east shore 34° 45.2007' N – 77° 25.9790' W; and south of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 50.5818' N – 77° 30.1735' W running easterly along the SSR 1316 bridge (Rhodestown Road) to a point on the east shore 34° 50.5951' N – 77° 30.1534' W.

(31)         Northeast and Little Northeast Creeks - north and east of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 44.0778' N – 77° 21.2640' W; running southeasterly along the railroad bridge to a point on the east shore 34° 44.0446' N – 77° 21.2126' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore 34° 44.9055' N – 77° 19.7541' W; running southerly along SSR 1406 bridge (Piney Green Road) to a point on the south shore 34° 44.8881' N – 77° 19.7649' W.

(32)         Northeast Cape Fear River - main stem waters north of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 26.5658' N – 77° 50.0871' W; running northeasterly along the NC 210 bridge to a point on the east shore 34° 26.6065' N – 77° 49.9955' W and south of a line beginning on the west shore 34° 38.7667' N – 77° 52.3417' W running easterly along SSR 1318 bridge (Croomsbridge Road) to a point on the east shore 34° 38.7744' N – 77° 52.3093' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with the Northeast Cape Fear River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Burgaw Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 32.4670' N – 77° 51.1705' W; running southerly along SSR 1411 bridge (Stag Park Road) to a point on the south shore 34° 32.4567' N – 77° 51.1711' W.

(b)           Pike Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 28.7928' N – 77° 52.5148' W; running southerly along SSR 1411 bridge (Ashton Lake Road) to a point on the south shore 34° 28.7882' N – 77° 52.5261' W.

(c)           Merrick Creek - north and east to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 26.8264' N – 77° 48.1948' W; running southerly along NC 210 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 26.8028' N – 77° 48.1797' W.

(d)           Island Creek - south and east to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 22.0359' N – 77° 48.9107' W; running easterly along SSR 1002 bridge (Holly Shelter Road) to a point on the east shore 34° 22.0213' N – 77° 48.8854' W.

(e)           Prince George Creek - south and east to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 20.6773' N – 77° 54.2113' W; running southerly along NC 133 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 20.6659' N – 77° 54.2170' W.

(f)            Turkey Creek - north and east to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 23.8546' N – 77° 54.7872' W; running southerly along NC 133 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 23.8429' N – 77° 54.7772' W.

(g)           Long Creek - north and west to a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 26.3494' N – 78° 01.5716' W; running easterly along NC 210 bridge to a point on the east shore 34° 26.3500' N – 78° 01.5396' W.

(33)         Black River - north and west of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 22.0783' N – 78° 04.4123' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 34° 21.9950' N – 78 ° 04.2864' W and south and east of a line beginning at a point on the north shore 34° 42.5285' N – 78° 15.8178' W; running southerly to a point on the south shore 34° 42.5008' N – 78° 15.7972' W.  South River - south and east of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 38.4120' N – 78° 18.7075' W; running easterly along SSR 1007 bridge (Ennis Bridge Road) to a point on the east shore 34° 38.4080' N – 78° 18.6727' W.

(34)         Cape Fear River - main stem waters north and west of a line at Lock and Dam #1 beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 24.2628' N – 78° 17.6390' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 34° 24.2958' N – 78° 17.5634' W and south and east of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 35° 24.8404' N – 78° 49.4267' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 35° 24.8833' N – 78° 49.3288' W; including the following tributaries from their confluence with the Cape Fear River in the direction indicated to the specified boundary:

(a)           Brown's Creek - south and west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 36.8641' N – 78° 35.0917' W; running southerly along NC 87 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 36.8477' N – 78° 35.0731' W.

(b)           Hammond Creek - south and west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 34.032' N – 78° 30.3542' W; running southerly along NC 87 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 34.0142' N – 78° 30.3397' W.

(c)           Steep Run - south and west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 25.5019' N – 78° 20.9934' W; running southerly along NC 87 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 25.4742' N – 78° 20.9549' W.

(d)           Wayman's Creek - south and west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 22.4396' N – 78° 16.3904' W; running southerly along NC 87 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 22.4287' N – 78° 16.3723' W.

(e)           Livingston Creek - south to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 19.5405' N – 78° 12.9889' W; running southerly along NC 87 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 19.5128' N – 78° 12.9727' W.

(f)            Hood Creek - south and west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 18.6658' N – 78° 07.1988' W; running southerly along NC 87 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 18.6612' N – 78° 07.1741' W.

(g)           Indian Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 17.7383' N – 78° 02.6706' W; running southerly along SSR 1453 bridge (Brunswick County) to a point on the south shore 34° 17.7210' N – 78° 02.6697' W.

(h)           Sturgeon Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 14.6391' N – 78° 01.8154' W; running southerly to a point on the south shore 34° 14.5918' N – 78° 01.7941' W.

(i)            Mill Creek - north and west of Sturgeon Creek to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 15.2342' N – 78° 01.6370' W; running southerly to a point on the south shore 34° 15.2024' N – 78° 01.6525' W.

(j)            Alligator Creek - north of the Brunswick River to the origin of the Creek excluding the dredged portions of the Creek.

(k)           Jackeys Creek - west of the Brunswick River to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 11.9672' N – 77° 58.8303' W; running southerly along the NC 133 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 11.9544' N – 77° 58.8307' W.

(l)            Mallory Creek - west of the Brunswick River to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 10.0530' N – 77° 58.5927' W; running southerly along the NC Highway 133 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 10.0351' N – 77° 58.5942' W.

(m)          Town Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 09.4084' N – 78° 05.5059' W; running southerly along US 17 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 09.3731' N – 78° 05.5147' W.

(n)           Lilliput Creek - west to a line beginning on the north shore at a point 34° 04.5292' N – 77° 57.3187' W; running southerly along NC 133 bridge to a point on the south shore 34° 04.5137' N – 77° 57.3108' W.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-132; 113-134;

Eff. May 1, 2008.