With streams stocked in Surry County, there is ample opportunity for anglers to find the best catch in one of the many hatchery-, delayed-, or community-supported streams or still waters within the county. On April 6, 2013, the hatchery-supported trout waters will open at 7 a.m. Anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day with no size limits or bait restrictions. The season runs until March 1. Starting on June 1 and running until Sept. 30, any delayed-supported streams change over to hatchery-supported with their six-per-day limits.
Below, we’ve mentioned the major streams and lakes for fishing in Surry County. Happy fishing…
Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters
- Fisher River – The hatchery-supported Fisher River is a tributary of the Yadkin River which flows through Surry County before draining into the Yadkin. Trout can be found in the northern sections of Surry County along with smallmouth and largemouth bass in the lower sections of the river. A public access area is located at Fisher River Park near Dobson. The fish in Fisher River include sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, brown trout and rainbow trout. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day on hatchery-supported rivers from April until the end of February.
- Little Fisher River – The Little Fisher River, from the Virginia state line to the N.C. 89 bridge, is a 7.8-mile hatchery-supported stream stocked with brook, rainbow, and brown trout between March and July. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day on hatchery-supported rivers from April until the end of February. Hatchery-supported trout waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after sunset on the last day of February the following year.
- Paul’s Creek – Paul’s Creek is a 2.5-mile hatchery-supported stream located in the northern-most part of Surry County from the Virginia line to 0.3 miles below S.R. 1625 bridge. The stream is stocked with brook, rainbow, and brown trout between March and July. Trout season in this section opens on the first Saturday in April and has a seven-trout-per-day limit. Trout season closes on the last day of February.
Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters
- Ararat River – The Ararat River is one of the closest delayed-harvest rivers near Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Thanks to a multimillion-dollar restoration project, a two-mile section of the river was designated as delayed-harvest stream, which is posted with black-and-white signs. There are three designated access points along the Ararat River Greenway in Mount Airy, Riverside Park on N.C. 103, H.B. Rowe Environmental Park on Hamburg Road, and Tharrington Elementary School Park just upstream of U.S. 52. From Oct. 1 to May 31, a catch-and-release system is in effect and is restricted to single-hook artificial lures. From June 1 until September 30, the status changes to hatchery-supported and a daily limit of seven fish is in effect.
- Mitchell River – The Mitchel River is a delayed-harvest stream, which means 0.6 miles of the river from S.R. 1333 to the S.R. 1330 bridge below Kapps Mill Dam is a catch-and-release system from Oct. 1 until May 31. Starting on June 1, the status changes to a hatchery-supported designation with a daily limit of seven fish. A public access point is provided on Zephyr-Mountain Park Road, off of Mount Park Road, just north of Elkin. The stream offers opportunities to catch smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and sunfish.
Yadkin River – The Yadkin River provides the opportunity to catch bass (smallmouth, spotted, and largemouth), sunfish, catfish, and suckers. Access points are available at Crater Park in Elkin, the U.S. 601 bridge, Rockford, and at Shoals Road, north of East Bend (access points at U.S. 601 and Shoals Road are on the Yadkin County side of the river). For more information on access points, visit http://yadkinriverkeeper.org. Below we’ve provided a few access points to the Yadkin River.
Yadkin River Canoe Access Points in Surry County
- Elkin Crater Park Yadkin River Canoe Access – Crater Park is an access point for canoe launches into the Yadkin River with some areas for public fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redbreast sunfish, catfish, and chain pickerel. There’s also a restroom for public use. Unfortunately, there is very little bank and wading opportunities here.
- Roy Burgess at Rockford Yadkin River Canoe Access – The Roy Burgess site is a canoe launch located in Rockford with fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redbreast sunfish, catfish, and chain pickerel. Unfortunately, there are very little bank fishing opportunities and wading is only allowed when the river is down. The site is located on Rockford Road.
- Yadkin-Shore Yadkin River Canoe Access – Located on the Yadkin County side of the Yadkin River, the Yadkin-Shore Access is maintained by the Yadkin County Recreation Department. It’s located off N.C. 601 on the right before crossing the Yadkin River, north of Boonville. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redbreast sunfish, and catfish can be found along this section of the Yadkin River. This access point has no public restroom, but primitive camping is allowed. For further information, call the Yadkin County Recreation Department at (336) 679-4228.
- Shoals Canoe Access at Pilot Mountain State Park – The Shoals Access to the Yadkin River is located and maintained by Pilot Mountain State Park on the Yadkin County side of the Yadkin River. Its dirt-and-gravel road entrance has limited parking located off Shoals Road (S.R. 1546), just north of East Bend. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redbreast sunfish, and catfish can be found in this section of the Yadkin River.
Community Bank Fishing in Public Access Areas
- Big Elkin Creek – Big Elkin Creek is a part of the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s Community Fishing Program and is an excellent location for channel catfis. Public access is available at the Elkin Recreation Center. This is a great location for bank fishing with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier located near the park boundary close to Elkin High School. The stream is stocked monthly from May until September with 10- to 12-inch channel catfish. Nearby, there is a playground and public restrooms.
- Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Westwood Park in Mount Airy – Also a part of the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s Community Fishing Program, Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Westwood Park is stocked with channel catfish. Largemouth bass, redear sunfish, and bluegill were previously stocked into Tumbling Rock Reservoir. This is a great location for bank fishing with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier. The trail leading to the pond is closed to vehicles so anglers have to walk about 1/5 of a mile to the pond from the parking area; however, anglers with disabilities are allowed to drive to the pond. For more information, contact Mt. Airy Parks and Rec., 336-786-8313.
- Mitchell River Game Land – Located in the northwestern portion of Surry County, Mitchell River Game Land consists of 1,716 acres for hunting and fishing. The game land incorporates nine miles of Mitchell River tributaries, including Mill Creek. There are two entrances to the property, one just off of River Road and the other on Haystack Road. Sportsmen can find information in the recent editions of the Hunting and Fishing Maps for NC Game Lands and the Inland Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Regulations Digest or (919) 662-4323.
Photo by Trout Lore.