YADKINVILLE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Department to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on a 1-acre pond in Yadkin County Park.
The floating, T-shaped pier features an 8-foot wide walkway and extends 59 feet into the water, ending with an 11’ x 48’ platform. The pier also features three benches and incorporates seven low handrail sections to make it easier for children and wheelchair-bound anglers to cast their lines.
To facilitate easier access to the pier from the nearby parking area, the Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Department built a gravel parking lot and a concrete ADA-compliant parking pad with space for one vehicle adjacent to the pond. Park staff also constructed an ADA-compliant sidewalk that connects the parking pad to the pier.
Earlier this month, Wildlife Commission staff began stocking the pond with 250 catchable-size channel catfish. They will stock the pond each month from May through October every year. In addition to the catfish, anglers fishing the pond can catch largemouth bass and sunfish. The creel and size limits for largemouth bass are five per angler per day, with a 14-inch minimum length limit, except that two bass may be less than 14 inches. Creel limit for channel catfish is six per angler per day.
To help anglers catch fish, Wildlife Commission staff will install a solar-powered, automatic fish feeder later this summer. The fish feeder, fishing pier and fish stockings are features of the Commission’s Community Fishing Program, which is a cooperative venture between the Commission and local governments to provide more fishing opportunities and improve existing fishing opportunities in city and county parks.
“We’re glad to have great partners like Yadkin County to work with,” said Commission Fisheries Biologist Kin Hodges. “This is one of several projects we’re working on right now to improve public fishing opportunities within the county, and none of them would have happened without such great local support.”
The Community Fishing Program is part of the Commission’s overall effort to provide statewide fishing access. The Commission uses funding from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and fishing license sales to fund access improvements, fishing piers, fish stockings, fish feeders and attractors.
Yadkin County Park is located at 6600 Service Road in Yadkinville. For more information about Yadkin County Park, visit the website or call Caleb Poplin at 679-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.