By Clint Parker
Editor’s note: The Weaverville Public Works Director Dale Pennell clarified the new policy in a recent email to the Tribune saying “the posted rules at the lake are still in effect with this new policy, meaning the trout and catfish (stocked by NCWRC) are subject to the Wildlife Resource Commission’s posted rules for keeping a limit; however, the town’s posted rules for catch and release are still in effect on all other species (including bass and bluegill). This updated editor’s note was posted on Oct. 11, 2019.
Weaverville – If you can catch fish at Lake Louise, you can keep them according to a new ordinance passed by the town council at their last meeting.
The new law marks the reversal of the “catch and release” policy that has been in effect for fishermen in the town’s only recreational lake. There are limits, of course. They are as follows:
- Individuals fishing in Lake Louise must follow all rules and procedures established by this chapter and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
- In addition to any required state fishing license, anyone over the age of 16 must also have a fishing permit issued by the town.
- The town will issue resident and nonresident yearly permits and monthly permits at town hall during normal business hours. The fees for such permits shall be set on the schedule of fees adopted by town council, a copy of which is on file at town hall.
- There is a limit of one pole per person.
- Fishing is subject to such “catch and keep” limits as may, from time to time, be established by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission or the Weaverville Town Manager, whichever is more restrictive.
- Fishing is allowed only during daylight hours.
In addition, the “staff has been in communication with the Commission concerning the construction/installation of a fishing pier in Lake Louise and the continued stocking of fish in the lake. Developments in this regard will be presented to Town Council in an upcoming meeting.”