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APPROVED RULES

White Bass25NoneALL YEAR
Sea Trout (Spotted1012 in.ALL YEAR
or Speckled)
Flounder814 in.ALL YEAR
Red drum (channel118 in.ALL YEAR
bass, red fish,(exc. (19))
puppy drum)
Striped Bass8 aggregate16 in.ALL YEAR
and their
hybrids (excs. 1,2,5,6,11,&13) (excs.1,2,5,6,11&13) (excs. 6,13&15)
(Morone Hybrids)
Shad: (American10 aggregateNoneALL YEAR
and hickory)(exc. (23))(exc. (18))
Kokanee Salmon7NoneALL YEAR
Crappie andNoneNoneALL YEAR
sunfish(excs. 4,12&16)(exc. (12))(exc. (4))
NONGAME FISHESNoneNoneALL YEAR
(excs. 14,20&24)(excs. 20&24) (exc. (7))
(b)  Exceptions
(1)In the Dan River upstream from its confluence with Bannister River to the Brantly Steam Plant Dam and in John H. Kerr Reservoir the creel limit on striped bass and Morone hybrids is two in the aggregate and the minimum size limit is 26 inches from October 1 through May 31.  From June 1 through September 30 the daily creel limit on striped bass and Morone hybrids is four in aggregate with no minimum size limit.
(2)In the Cape Fear River upstream of Buckhorn Dam and the Deep and Haw rivers to the first impoundment and in Gaston, Roanoke Rapids and B. Everett Jordan reservoirs the creel limit on striped bass and Morone hybrids is four in the aggregate and the minimum size limit is 20 inches.  In Lake Norman the creel limit on striped bass and Morone hybrids is four in aggregate with a minimum size limit is 16 inches from October 1 through May 31 and no minimum size limit from June 1 through September 30.
(3)In designated public mountain trout waters the season for taking all species of fish is the same as the trout fishing season. There is no closed season on taking trout from Nantahala River and all tributaries (excluding impoundments) upstream from Nantahala Lake, Linville River within Linville Gorge Wilderness Area (including tributaries), Catawba River from Muddy Creek to the City of Morganton water intake dam, and the impounded waters of power reservoirs and municipallyowned water supply reservoirs open to the public for fishing.  In Lake Lure
the daily creel limit for trout is five fish and minimum size limit for trout is 15 inches.
(4)On Mattamuskeet Lake, special federal regulations apply.
(5)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, subject to the exceptions listed in this Paragraph, the daily creel limit for striped bass and their hybrids is  two fish in The minimum length limit is 18 inches and no striped bass or striped bass hybrids between the lengths of 22 inches and 27 inches may be  possessed. In these waters, the season for taking and possessing striped bass is closed from May 1 through September 30. In the inland fishing waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries, the season for taking and possessing striped bass is closed year-round. In the Pee Dee River and its tributaries from the South Carolina line upstream to Blewett Falls Dam, the season for taking and possessing striped bass and their hybrids is open year-round, the daily creel limit is three fish in aggregate and the minimum length limit is 18 inches.
(6)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 their hybrids is March 1 through April 30 from the joint-

22:23                                                               NORTH CAROLINA REGISTER                                           JUNE 2, 2008

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