GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Anglers in the Piedmont may have to find a new fish to bait and hook until the waters at area fisheries cool down.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are holding off on stocking catfish at 30 parks and lakes until September.
“They’re an easy fish to catch and they’re good to eat,” said Dave Farrington, owner of K&J Bait and Tackle
Farrington typically gets a lot of anglers buying catfish bait from his store in Jamestown. However, those easy to catch fish may soon be tough to find.
The NC Wildlife Commission suspended stocking catfish at parks and lakes in the Piedmont-Triad including, Cedarock Park in Alamance County, Winston Lake, Kernersville Lake and C.G. Hill Memorial Park in Forsyth County, and Bur-Mil Park, Hagan-Stone Park and Oka T. Hester Parks in Guilford County.
“It’s so early right now that it’s not taking effect yet. it will take a little more time. When people go fishing and they realize fish are not biting as much as they used to, then they’ll realize there’s a problem,” said Farrington.
The problem started during the extremely hot weather. Intense heat increased the morning water temperatures to about 85-degrees at the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, making it much too hot to harvest and stock catfish.
The Hatchery is in Hoffman, between Charlotte and Fayetteville, but it stocks catfish for the Piedmont.
Now Farrington’s bait business could take a dip in sales.
“Twenty-five percent of our business is based on live bait,”