Aging Fish Hatchery Earmarked For Improvements - Pisgah Forest, NC


Last updated 7/12/2017 at 8:16pm

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Improvements to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest are in the planning stages.

Numbers don't lie. Trout fishing is big business in western North Carolina.

Statewide, trout fishing has a $384 million economic impact, according to a study published in 2015 for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Trout fishing supports 3,600 jobs in North Carolina, and hatchery-supported waters drew the most anglers.

In this year's state budget, about $5.3 million has been earmarked for some major updates at the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest. The Setzer location provides about two-thirds of trout in local waters and is the largest recreation ha...

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