“The Commission is stocking fish, such as trout and channel catfish, in support of many of the events surrounding National Fishing and Boating Week,” said Christian Waters, chief of the agency’s Inland Fisheries Division. “We are very grateful to everyone — from sponsors Neuse Sport Shop and Trout Unlimited to the many cooperators who are hosting a kids’ fishing event — for making these events possible. We couldn’t do it without them.”
Here is a list of Kids’ Fishing Events in our area with contact information. I went to the one last year at Max Patch Pond. There were over a hundred kids there having the times of their lives catching fish with their parents and grandparents. If you’ve got a young one who has shown an interest in fishing please plan to go to one of these events.
Buncombe County, Lake Powhatan: June 4, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. You can register on site on the day of the event. Contact is Lorie Stroup with the Forest Service, 828-877-3265.
Madison County, Max Patch Pond: June 11, 9 a.m. –2 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on day of the event. Contact at the Forest Service is Brandon Jones, 828-682-6146.
Yancey County, Carolina Hemlocks Campground: June 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register onsite on the day of the event. Contact with the Forest Service is Brandon Jones at 828-682-6146.
Haywood County, NCDA Test Farm: Fishing Clinic, June 21, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Open to the first 15 kids. Pre-registration is required with Tanya Poole, Tanya.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second opening of Hatchery Supported water opening is fast approaching. June 4th is the date that Delayed-Harvest waters revert to Hatchery Supported and you can use any bait and keep the fish. Youth under 16 only fishing from 6 a.m. until noon. The WRC has been expanding the list of Delay-Harvest waters so check you regulation digest to see what is available. Of course in our area the most popular are the Laurel and Shelton Laurel in Madison County, and the North Mills in Henderson County, all of which I suspect will be crowded on June 4th. Better get there well before sunrise if you want a parking place.
Turkey season is officially over so there isn’t much hunting until September 1st when resident Goose season opens. Your only hunting opportunities will be coyotes and hogs. But then there is my favorite off season hunting: crows. Most farmers who grow crops will more than welcome you on their property. Crows are listed as a Nongame migratory bird and the season is closed from March 1st until June 1st this year. On that date you can start hunting them only on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday plus Independence Day. There is no bag limit.
As a wingshooter myself, crow hunting offers excellent shooting and preparation for the goose and dove opener. My typical setup is to place eight to twelve crow decoys scattered in a random pattern in a pasture or hayfield. Then I position myself in a bordering tree line and use a FoxPro Wildfire electronic call, primarily using the Fighting Crow sound. It brings them in.
If you want to give crow hunting a try here are some important points to remember. Crows are very smart and wary. Anything unusual or sudden movement will cause them to shy away. I dress in full camo. My hunting buddy even wears a camo face mask. So when you have crows coming in wait until they are well within range before you mount your gun. Crows are also large birds and very tough. You need at least #6 shot and probably heavy game loads and maybe even magnums. Chances are you will also be taking fairly long shots so go with a Modified or even Full choke 12 gauge to bring them down. So hunters shouldn’t lose heart waiting on September 1st. Crow hunting can keep your skills sharp!