Delayed-Harvest Trout Stocking

Delayed Harvest Trout waters are in important component of the angler engagement program in western North Carolina.  These waters give beginning and experienced anglers alike an excellent chance of catching a few trout.  They’re particularly nice for those with limited time or mobility because many of the stocked streams are within a short drive from home and are easily accessible.

We do not stock trout on top of wild or native trout populations.

In March, April, May, October and November each year, the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited assists the NCWRC with stocking the Green River in Polk County and the Little River in DuPont State Forest.

Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little wet and a pair of comfortable shoes or wading boots.  Waders are generally not necessary.  It is best to bring along a pair of gloves.  No experience is necessary, and the job is not overly strenuous but some walking, twisting and lifting are involved.

The stocking takes approximately 2 hours.  It’s a great chance to see the river and get some fresh air while enjoying good company and doing something to help.  Many of our members stick around afterwards to enjoy some fishing, so you might want to consider loading up your gear for a little time on the water.

If you’re looking for a complete list and calendar of Delayed Harvest Streams and stocking dates, you can find it along with maps to other streams including wild and Hatchery-Supported Streams on our resources page.

Streams Stocked by Pisgah TU

2018 Green River Stocking Dates

  • October 3
  • November 9

We meet around 1030am at the Fishtop Access Point and wait for the state truck to arrive. From I26 Exit 59 for Saluda, go east away from Saluda and turn left after 1/4 mile onto Green River Cove Rd.

This is a windy road that will switch back on itself for 3 miles and drop you about 900 feet into the gorge. After going the 3 miles down into the gorge, Fishtop Access will be the first very large gravel area on your left, can’t miss it. Once the truck gets there, usually takes about two hours to stock all the fish.

Some of us go back into Saluda for lunch and some guys fish, or both. Waders, or rainsuit pants, are helpful but not necessary other than to keep water from the fish buckets from splashing on you. Gloves recommended for carrying buckets.

For questions, contact Terry Lynch ( or 513.314.1146)

2018 Little River Stocking Dates

  • October 2
  • November 1

Meet at the lower level of the Hooker Falls parking lot at DuPont State Forest for coffee and donuts starting about 9:30.  DuPont State Forest is located few miles southeast of Cedar Mountain, and a few miles north of Oskar Blues’ REEB Ranch on Crab Creek road.

If you’re not familiar with the area, here’s the address of the visitor’s center for you to plug into your GPS: 1300 Staton Road, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718.  The Hooker Falls parking lot is about 1/2 mile south of this address on Staton Road, right by the river bridge.

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