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The NC mountains offer an exceptional trout fishing haven with an estimated 4,000 miles of trout water with approximately 2,000 miles managed for public fishing. Fly fishing in a North Carolina mountain stream is enjoyed equally by experienced fishermen and beginners alike. NC Trout waters are designated as Hatchery Supported Waters, Delayed Harvest Waters, Wild Trout Waters, Catch and Release Waters. North Carolina fishing in the mountains offers fishing on rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.  
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how to get an NC fishing license, where to fish, complete guide services
 
 


Great Smokies Mountains Fishing Guide
 
Most of North Carolina's Streams are delayed harvest and stocked twice per year. North Carolina fishing regulations vary by stream type and time of year. Many of the state's trout waters are found in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
 
NC Fishing Regulations and Programs:
North Carolina Fishing Regulations
The North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting, & Trapping Regulations Digest printed booklet is free to the public  
Purchase a North Carolina Fishing License.  Fishing for trout in waters that are not designated as “Mountain Heritage Trout Waters,” anglers age 16 and over must have a valid fishing license and a trout privilege license. 
Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program. This program is a cooperative effort between the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and local governments to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity in western North Carolina cities that are designated as a “Mountain Heritage Trout Water City.”  Those cities are: Newland, Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Maggie Valley and Waynesville. 
North Carolina Freshwater Fishing Records. Can you catch a 54 pound striped bass? or a 24 pound brown trout? Then you might apply for a North Carolina Fishing Record 
 
NC Fishing Lakes:
Catch trout, bass,
catfish, sunfish
Appalachia Lake
Murphy 
Balsam Lake
Sylva 
Bear Creek Lake
Sylva 
Cedar Cliff Lake
Sylva 
Chatuge Reservoir
Hayesville 
Cheoah Reservoir
Fontana 
Chinquanpin Trout Lake
Jefferson 
Fontana Lake
Almond 
Fontana Reservoir
Bryson City 
Hiwassee Reservoir
Murphy 
Kings Mountain Reservoir
Shelby 
Lake Glenville
Glenville 
Lake Hickory
Hickory 
Lake James
Linville  Marion
Lake Julian
Asheville 
Nantahala Lake
Andrews 
Santeetlah Lake
Robbinsville
Wolf Creek Lake
Sylva 
NC fishing Rivers:
Catch trout, bass, sunfish, catfish, perch
Catawba River
Morganton, Hickory 
French Broad River
Hot Springs, Asheville, Arden, Brevard 
Hiwassee River
Hayesville
Little Tennessee River
Franklin 
New River
Jefferson, West Jefferson 
Nolichucky River
north of Burnsville 
Tuckaseegee River
Sylva 
Valley River
Andrews, Robbinsville 
 
NC Fishing Blogs and Information:
NC Angler.com  an online guide to fishing in North Carolina

 
NC Mountain Fishing - Trout Fishing, Fly fishing
NC Cabins with onsite fishing, NC Fishing links
Upcoming NC Fishing Tournaments and events:
NC_FishingDate:      August 4 - 5, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby  
A free fishing event for children ages 3 - 11. Enjoy two full days of fun with many attractions and eligibility for prizes. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered children. Prizes will also be given away children will be able to enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits,  and more
Date:       August 19, 2017
NC City:   CHEROKEE
Event: 
    KOA Mid Season Tournament   compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits are required for Cherokee streams or ponds and are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online. $10 entry fee.
 
 
NC Fishing Cabins and Vacation Rentals
The cabins and vacation rentals listed here offer ON SITE fishing, either right outside the door or walking distance within the community. Be sure to check with the owners or property manages about requirements for fishing licenses or other local regulations covering each individual property.
Cabin on the Nantahala River,
Features:  3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps to 8.  1400 ' river frontage, privacy, quick access to attractions. Luxury one-of-a kind accommodation with world-class fishing.
Location:   Bryson City NC
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West Jefferson NC vacation rental on the windfall.jpg (11489 bytes) On the Windfall Private Rentals
Features: 1-3 bedrms, 1-2.5 baths, sleeps to 9.  3 distinct rentals in 215 acre gated community.  Mountain view, hot tub, DSL, stocked trout pond, hiking trails, fireplaces, big porches, awesome starry nights.
Location:   Near West Jefferson NC
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Murphy cabin rental - Perfect location....a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides!fish from the dock at this cabin rental
Lakefront Mountain Cabin
Features:  2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4. Private spring-fed lake, dock, fireplace, lake and mountain view, canoe, WIFI, PET FRIENDLY, deck overlooking the lake. Fish - swim - boat - RELAX!
Location:   Murphy NC
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Burnsville NC Vavation Rentals Grafer.JPG (203525 bytes) Riverfront Cottage on the Toe River 
Features:  3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, sleeps 5 - WIFI,  fireplace, gas grill, linens, Cable TV, PET FRIENDLY
Location:   Burnsville NC
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enjoy the river at just outside your door Riverfront Rental - Fish, tube or canoe on New River
Features:  2 bedrooms+, 2 baths, sleeps to 8 - 150 ' away. Stacked stone fireplace, open deck, covered sleeping porch
Location:  near Sparta NC on the NC border
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Hemlock Hill view from dock.jpg (26730 bytes) Luxury lakefront Cottages
Features: 4 Cottages, 3-6 bedrooms, 2-5 baths  -  private docks, canoe, awesome lake to mountain views. luxurious bedding & linens, fireplace, lakeside hammock, WIFI.
Location:  on Lake Glenville 8 miles from Cashiers
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cabin rental on Nantahala Lake Lake Nantahala Vacation Rental
Features:  4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 9-10 -  decks overlooking the lake, paddle boat, boat, kayaks,  private dock,  gas grill, ping pong, foosball, wood fireplace, WIFI.
Location: Directly on Lake Nantahala  (Topton)
see photos, details and availability 
   
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NC Mountain Fishing Guides and Outfitters
Curtis Wright Outfitters   If you are planning a fly fishing trip let professional guides help you locate and land your next Trophy Trout or Smallmouth Bass. From two retail shops and an online store, CWO offers outdoor apparel, outfitting, fly fishing education for all experience levels, destination travel packages, plus a wide variety of team building workshops. 
Asheville Anglers   174 Central Ave, Weaverville NC
Asheville Drifters  48 Westall Ave in Asheville NC
Brookside Guides 
Davidson River Outfitters  26 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest NC
East Tennessee Fly Fishing   Watauga and South Holston rivers, Elizabethton,TN
Endless River Adventures  14157 US Highway 19/74 West, Bryson City NC
Great Smokey Mountain Fish Camp and Safaris   81 Bennett Rd, Franklin NC
Headwaters Outfitters  at the intersection of Hwy 64 & Hwy 215.  Rosman, NC
High Country Angler  1400 Kensington Place Johnson City, TN
Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service  546 West Main Street, Sylva NC
Hunter Banks Flyfishing Guide Service  29 Montford Ave. in Asheville, NC
Nantahala Fly Fishing Company  4221 Tallulah rd Robbinsville NC
The Whitewater Sportsman  Asheville French Broad float fishing
Tom Hopkins Western North Carolina Fishing Guide   Nantahala and Western mountains areas
Tri-state Angler    Fly Fishing North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
Trophy Water Guide Service   Boone NC area
Troutfishers Guide Service   East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwestern Virginia
 
 
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WNC Fly Fishing Trail:
The first and only fly fishing trail in the United States, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail, is located in Jackson County and features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. Follow the Trail to find 15 excellent spots for catching each type of trout. Complimentary maps are available from the Jackson County Tourism Authority.  
1). SCOTT CREEK
The Stretch: Roughly 10 miles from headwaters near Balsam down to Sylva.
Access Point(s): Parking and access available via several pull-off areas along U.S. 23/74
Type of Water: Hatchery Supported
Available Fish: Brown, Rainbow
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Stretch also includes North Fork Scott Creek and Buff Creek, which are very scenic  
2). SMALL STREAMS:: Moses Creek, Mull Creek, Rough Butt Creek, Chastine Creek, Piney Mountain Creek. The Stretch: Collection of small streams in eastern Jackson County, below Blue Ridge Parkway
Access Point(s): Via Moses Creek Rd (SR 1740) & Caney Fork Rd (SR 1737), avoid posted land
Type of Water: Wild Trout
Available Fish: Brook, Rainbow
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Mountainous terrain, includes several large waterfalls  
3). CANEY FORK &  The Stretch: Roughly 10 miles from East Laporte Park to headwaters at fork of Mull Creek and Piney Mountain Creek
Access Point(s):/strong> Access via Caney Fork Road (SR 1737), avoid posted land
Type of Water: Undesignated
Available Fish: Rainbow, Brown, occasional Brook
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Respect private land owners 
4). TANASEE CREEK &  The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles from Tanasee Creek bridge up to headwaters
Access Point(s): Parking and access available at bridge on Tanasee Creek Road (SR 1762)
Type of Water:/strong> Wild Trout
Available Fish: Brown
Numbers or Size: Both
Noteworthy: Very scenic stretch in the Nantahala National Forest  
5). PANTHERTOWN CREEK   The Stretch: Entire stream, roughly 3 miles
Access Point(s): Parking and access at end of Breedlove Rd (SR 1121), with 2-mile walk to creek Type of Water: Catch & Release Single Hook Artificial Lure
Available Fish: Brook
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Located in Panthertown Valley, which is known as the “Yosemite of the East” because of its bowl shape and rocky bluffs 
6). RAVEN FORK (Cherokee Trophy Water)   The Stretch: Starts at Blue Ridge Parkway bridge near Cherokee and goes north for 2.2 miles
Access Point(s): Parking & access via several pull-off areas along Big Cove Road; paths run along stream
Type of Water: Catch & Release Fly Fishing Only
Available Fish: Golden, Rainbow, Brown, Brook & Donaldson trout
Numbers or Size: Both
Noteworthy: This stretch is also called Cherokee Trophy Water and fish of 20-30 inches are common; Cherokee annual permit and daily permit required 
7). WHITEWATER RIVER   The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles from Hwy. 107 down to the South Carolina state line
Access Point(s): Parking and access along N.C. 107, a few miles south of Cashiers
Type of Water: Wild Trout
Available Fish: Brook, Brown and Rainbow
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Flows into Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi 
8). SCOTSMAN and FOWLER CREEKS into CHATTOOGA RIVER   The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles of each stream flowing down into the Chattooga River
Access Point(s): Access available via Whiteside Cove Rd (SR 1107) or Bullpen Rd (SR 1100) in Nantahala National Forest
Type of Water: Wild Trout with Natural Bait
Available Fish: Brown, Rainbow
Numbers or Size: Numbers (creeks), Size (Chattooga)
Noteworthy: The movie Deliverance was filmed on the Chattooga River  
9). WEST FORK TUCKASEGEE RIVER  The Stretch: From small reservoir at Thorpe Power House upstream several hundred yards
Access Point(s): Parking and access available both sides of N.C. 107
near Thorpe Power House
Type of Water: Hatchery Supported
Available Fish: Brown, Rainbow
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Although hatchery supported, this has nice concentration
of stream-raised fish
10). TUCKASEGEE RIVER (East Laporte Park to NC 107 Bridge)  The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles from park to bridge
Access Point(s): Parking and access available at East Laporte Park and pull-off areas along Old Cullowhee Road
Type of Water: Hatchery Supported
Available Fish: Rainbow, Brook and Brown
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: East Laporte Park has picnic tables and public restrooms  
11). SAVANNAH CREEK   The Stretch: About 10 miles from headwaters in Pumpkintown into Tuckasegee River
Access Point(s): Parking and access available via several pull-offs along U.S. 23/441
Type of Water: Hatchery Supported
Available Fish: Rainbow, Brown
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Access limited the closer you get to the Tuckasegee River 
12). TUCKASEGEE RIVER (NC 107 Bridge to Dillsboro park)   The Stretch: Roughly 4-5 mile stretch from bridge to the riverside park in Dillsboro
Access Point(s): Parking and access available via numerous pull-offs along North River Road
Type of Water: Delayed Harvest
Available Fish: Brook, Brown and Rainbow
Numbers or Size: Both
Noteworthy: Best place to achieve the Tuckasegee Slam (catch all three species in one spot)  
13). GREENS CREEK   The Stretch: About 3-4 miles from Macon County line to Savannah Creek
Access Point(s): Various places along Greens Creek Road (SR 1370)
Types of Water: Wild Trout, Undesignated, Hatchery Supported
Available Fish: Rainbow, some Brown
Numbers or Size: Numbers
Noteworthy: Portion of the creek flows through the Nantahala National Forest  
14). TUCKASEGEE RIVER (in Dillsboro)   The Stretch: About 1 mile from Dillsboro park through town
Access Point(s): Various places between park and Best Western River Escape Inn
Type of Water: Hatchery Supported
Available Fish: Rainbow, Brown
Numbers or Size: Size
Noteworthy: Includes two lodging options: Best Western River Escape Inn and Dillsboro Inn  
15). LOWER TUCKASEGEE RIVER (Barker’s Creek Bridge to Whittier)   The Stretch: Roughly 8-10 miles from bridge to Whittier
Access Point(s): Parking and access via pull-offs and businesses along U.S. 19/74 freeway
Type of Water: Hatchery Supported, Undesignated
Available Fish: Rainbow, Brown
Numbers or Size: Size
Noteworthy: The stretch is also home to smallmouth bass 
Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) have been created throughout the state to provide free fishing opportunities from the banks of North Carolina’s lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs. The Wildlife Resources Commission has enhanced fishing opportunities at PFAs by clearing banks of underbrush, and in some cases, by constructing universally accessible fishing piers, creating graveled or paved parking lots, installing fish attractors, or baiting the areas with grain or fish feed. 
Hatchery-supported waters are marked with green and white signs.
        Asheville-area fishing spots include:
Ivy Creek/Ivy River 
(Dillingham Creek to U.S. 19-23 bridge)
Dillingham Creek 
(Corner Rock Creek to Ivy Creek)
Stony Creek
Mineral Creek
Corner Rock Creek
Reems Creek 
(Sugar Camp Fork to U.S. 19-23 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)
Swannanoa River 
(S.R. 2702 bridge near Ridgecrest to Wood Avenue bridge, except where posted against trespassing)
Bent Creek 
(headwaters to NC Arboretum boundary line)
Cane Creek 
(headwaters to S.R. 3138 bridge)
Lake Powhatan 
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters:
Hatchery-supported waters are marked with green and white signs.
Asheville-area fishing spots:
Ivy Creek/Ivy River 
(
Dillingham Creek to U.S. 19-23 bridge)
Dillingham Creek 
(Corner Rock Creek to Ivy Creek)
Stony Creek
Mineral Creek
Corner Rock Creek
Reems Creek 
(Sugar Camp Fork to U.S. 19-23 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)
Swannanoa River 
(S.R. 2702 bridge near Ridgecrest to Wood Avenue bridge, except where posted against trespassing)
Bent Creek 
(headwaters to NC Arboretum boundary line)
Cane Creek 
(headwaters to S.R. 3138 bridge)
Lake Powhatan 
Alleghany County:

Little River (Whitehead to McCann dam): Bledsoe Creek, Big Glade Creek, Big Pine Creek, Brush Creek, Crab Creek, Cranberry Creek, Laurel Branch, Meadow Fork, Pine Swamp Creek, Piney Fork, Prather Creek
Ashe County:
North Fork New River (Watauga County line to Sharpe dam)
Big Horse Creek (Mud Creek at SR 1363 bridge to Tuckerdale), Big Laurel Creek, Buffalo Creek (Headwaters to junction of NC 194-88 and SR 1131), Cranberry Creek (Alleghany County line to South Fork New River), Hoskins Fork (Watauga County line to North Fork New River), Old Fields Creek, Mill Creek, North Beaver Creek, 
Peak Creek (headwaters to Trout Lake except Blue Ridge Parkway waters), Pine Swamp Creek (all forks), Roan Creek, Three Top Creek (except game land portion)
Avery County:
North Toe River (headwaters to Mitchell County line) Archie Coffey Lake, Boyde Coffey Lake, Elk River (SR 1306 crossing to the Tennessee state line), Linville River (Land Harbor line (below dam) to Blue Ridge Parkway boundary line, except where posted against trespass), Milltimber Creek, Squirrel Creek
Buncombe County:
Big Ivy Creek (Ivy River)(Dillingham Creek to US 19-23 bridge), Dillingham Creek (Corner Rock Creek to Big Ivy Creek), Stony Creek, Mineral Creek, Corner Rock Creek, Reems Creek (Sugar Camp Fork to US 19-23 bridge), Swannanoa River (SR 2702 bridge near Ridgecrest to Sayles Bleachery in Asheville), Bent Creek (headwaters to NC, Arboretum boundary line), Cane Creek (headwaters to SR 3138 bridge), Lake Powhatan
Burke County:
Henry Fork (lower South Mountains State Park line downstream to SR 1919 at Ivy Creek), Carroll Creek (game lands above SR 1405), Linville River (game lands portion below the Blue Ridge Parkway and from first bridge on SR 1223 below Lake James powerhouse to Muddy Creek) 
 
 
Where to find WILD* Trout Waters:
- Three Top Mountain Game Land in Ashe County
- Nantahala National Forest Game Land in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania counties
- Pisgah National Forest Game Lands in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Transylvania and Yancey counties
- Dupont State forest Game Lands in Henderson and Transylvania counties
- Thurmond Chatham Game Land in Wilkes County
- Toxaway Game Land in Transylvania County
*unless otherwise posted 
 
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