Burke County NC Trout Streams

Burke County NC Trout Streams


  • Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

35.8961, -81.7455 Carroll Creek- Game lands above SR 1405

35.6597, -81.6384 Henry Fork-Lower south mountain state park line downstream to SR 1919 at Ivy creek

35.7373, -81.8343 Catawba River- Game land portion below blue ridge parkway & from first bridge on SR 1223 below lake james power house to Muddy creek

35.8241, -81.9099 Linville River (portion within Linville Gorge Wilderness Area (LGWA) and portion below Lake James power house from upstream bridge on S.R. 1223 to Muddy Creek) There is no closed season within LGWA

35.6005, -81.6335 Jacob's Fork Creek-Shinny Creek to South Mountains State Park Boundary

35.6303, -81.6565 Henry Fork-portion on South Mountains State Park

35.5725, -81.6651 Nettle Branch- Game land portion

35.6022, -81.6374 Shinny Creek

35.8984, -81.8112 Steels Creek

35.9571, -81.8335 Upper Creek-Trail #268

*All waters on south mountain state park except

the main stream of Jacobs Fork to shinny creek

35.7437,-81.7723 Catawba River (Muddy Creek to City of Morganton water intake dam). The creel limit is two trout per day, and the minimum size limit is 14 inches. No bait restrictions. No closed season