Trout Streams

Fly Fishing Map trout_streams.jpgNorth Carolina is a great mountain spot to try some fly fishing for trout. If you love the great outdoors and the scenery of the Blue Ridge mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains then North Carolina has what you are looking for in scenery while you fly fish in mountain trout waters. All trout fishing streams are located in the Western corner of North Carolina near the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains. It is a place of scenic views, waterfalls, small towns, and great fly fishing. Here is a Hatch chart for North Carolina to see what bugs are hatching on the local waters.
Also the best book you can get for finding streams is this book DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer for NC

Yancey County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED----Click river names for Google maps

35.8989, -82.3172  Cane River- Bee branch SR 1110 to bowlens creek

35.9925, -82.3967  Bald Mountain Creek

35.8895, -82.3954  Price Creek- Junction SR 1120 & SR 1121 to Indian creek

35.8711, -82.1977  South Toe River- Clear creek to lower boundary line of yancey Co. recreation park

Wild Trout

35.9158, -82.4232 Lickskillet Creek

35.7455, -82.2139 Big Lost Cove Creek

35.7946, -82.2165 Middle Creek

35.7674, -82.2291 Rock Creek

35.7768, -82.2026 South Toe River- Game land boundary downstream to clear creek

35.7318, -82.2394 Upper Creek

35.7925, -82.1731 Crabtree Creek

C&R Fly Fish Only

35.7635, -82.2068 South Toe River (portion form the concrete bridge above Black Mountain Campground downstream to game land boundary, excluding Camp Creek and Big Lost Cove Creek)

C&R Artificial Lures Only

35.7340, -82.2358 Lower Creek

Watauga County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.3689, -81.6782 North Fork New River- From confluence with Maine & Mine branches to ashe Co. line

36.3483, -81.6827 Maine Branch- Headwaters to North fork New river

36.3097, -81.6880 Meat Camp Creek

36.3092, -81.6921 Norris Fork Creek

36.2476, -81.6837 Howards Creek- Downstream from lower falls

36.1509, -81.6570 Middle Fork New River- Lake chetola dam to south fork new river

36.2097, -81.4814 Stony Fork- Headwaters to wilkes Co.

36.1949, -81.5343 Elk Creek- Headwaters to gravel pit on SR 1508

36.2530, -81.9029 Beech Creek

36.2824, -81.8652 Beaverdam Creek

36.2497, -81.8591 Laurel Creek

36.2859, -81.7757 Cove Creek- SR 1233 bridge to zionville to SR 1233 bridge at amantha

36.1988, -81.7824 Dutch Creek- Second bridge on SR 1134 to mouth

36.1363, -81.7339 Price Lake

DELAYED HARVEST

36.1796, -81.7468 Watauga River (S.R. 1557 bridge to N.C. 105 bridge and S.R. 1114 bridge to N.C. 194 bridge at Valle Crucis)

Wild Trout

36.1850, -81.7877 Dutch Creek- Headwaters to second bridge on SR 1134

36.2616, -81.6940 Howards Creek- Headwaters to lower falls

36.1640, -81.7599 Watauga River- Avery Co. line to SR 1580 bridge at foscoe

Swain County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.3909, -83.4776 Alarka Creek

35.4497, -83.9418 Calderwood Reservoir

35.4658, -83.9015 Cheoah Reservoir

35.4093, -83.3638 Connelly Creek

35.4522, -83.4399 Deep Creek- Smoky Mnts park boundary line to tuckasegee river

35.3108, -83.6435 Nantahala River--Information--

Wild Trout

35.4612, -83.4359 Deep Creek- Inside Smoky Mnts park

35.4726, -83.5689 Forney Creek-Located off the road to nowhere

35.4735, -83.7210 Hazel Creek-Requires a shuttle call Fontana Marina at (828) 498-2211, extension #277 or 1-800-849-2258 ask for the Marina

35.4582, -83.5259 Noland Creek-Located off  "The road to nowhere" know as New Fontana Road too

35.4700, -83.3481 Oconaluftee River

Rutherford County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.4410, -82.2569 Rocky-Broad River- Henderson Co. line to  US 64/74 bridge

Mitchell County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.0694, -82.2101 Big Rock Creek- Headwaters to NC 226 bridge at SR 1307 intersection

36.0540, -82.1688 Little Rock Creek- Green creek bridge to big rock creek

36.0125, -82.1385 Cane Creek- SR1219 to NC 226 bridge

35.8895, -82.0655 Grassy Creek- East fork grassy creek to mouth

35.8656, -82.0463 East Fork Grassy Creek

35.9069, -82.0297 North Toe River- Avery Co. line to SR 1121 bridge

DELAYED HARVEST

36.0145, -82.1590 Cane Creek ((N.C. 226 bridge to N.C. 80 bridge — also classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, please refer to the NCWRC Regulations Digest for additional information)

37.0625, -95.6770 North Toe River (U.S. 19E bridge to N.C. 226 bridge — also classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, please refer to the NCWRC Regulations Digest for additional information)

Wild Trout

36.0590, -82.1180 Green Creek- Headwaters to green creek bridge

36.0740, -82.0935 Little Rock Creek

36.1184, -82.1818 Wiles Creek- Game land boundry to mouth

36.0768, -82.3450 Nolichucky River


Madison County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.8863, -82.8764 Shut-In Creek

35.8318, -82.8551 Spring Creek- Junction NC 209 & NC 63 to lower USF service boundry

36.0069, -82.6417 Big Creek- Headwaters to lower game land boundry

35.7877, -82.9165 Little Creek

35.8282, -82.8677 Meadow Fork Creek

35.8183, -82.9001 Roaring Fork

35.9160, -82.5887 Big Laurel Creek- Mars hill watershed to Rice mill dam

35.9524, -82.7177 Shelton Laurel Creek- Headwaters to NC 208 bridge at Belva

36.0168, -82.6214 Mill Creek

35.9146, -82.5461 Puncheon Fork- Hampton creek to big laurel

DELAYED HARVEST

35.9158, -82.7573 Big Laurel Creek (NC 208 bridge to the US 25-70 bridge)

37.0625, -95.6770 Shelton Laurel Creek (NC 208 bridge at Belva to the confluence with Big Laurel Creek)

Jackson County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.2676, -82.9692 Balsam Lake

35.2410, -83.0726 Bear Creek Lake

35.4096, -83.1641 Buff Creek- SR1457 bridge  to scott creek

35.3138, -83.1873 Cullowhee Creek-Tilley creek to Tuckasegge R.

35.3263, -83.2706 Green's Creek- Green's creek baptist church on SR1370 to savannah creek

35.3207, -83.2613 Savannah Creek- Headwaters to Bradley's packing house on NC 116

35.4054, -83.1258 Scott Creek, Dark Ridge Creek-Jones to scott creek

35.2987, -83.1601 Tuckasegee River-From confluence with West fork Tuckasegee to NC 107 bridge at love field & dillsboro dam to SR 1392 bridge at wilmont

35.2133, -83.0021 Tanasee Creek Lake

35.2657, -83.1244 West Fork Tuckasegee River

35.2216, -83.0000 Wolf Creek Lake

DELAYED HARVEST

35.3664, -83.2501 Tuckasegee River (NC 107 bridge at Love Field to NC 116 bridge at Webster)

Wild Trout

35.0982, -83.1184 Chattooga River

35.2771, -82.9725 Gage Creek

35.2263, -83.0250 Needle Creek

35.4169, -83.1326 North Fork Scott Creek

35.2645, -83.0184 Sols Creek

35.2155, -82.9737 Tanasee Creek

35.0537, -83.0555 Whitewater River-Down  from Silver Run creek to S.C. line

35.2601, -82.9705 Wolf Creek-Except balsam lake

C&R Artificial Lures Only

35.2245, -83.0727 Flat Creek

Haywood County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.7439, -83.0115 Cold Springs Creek

35.5650, -83.0454 Hemphill Creek

35.7309, -82.9757 Hurricane Creek

35.5749, -83.0189 Jonathans Creek-"Lower"-concrete bridge in dellwood to pigeon river

35.5187, -83.0962 Jonathans Creek-"Upper"-SR1302 bridge west to SR 1307 bridge at Maggie Valley

35.3978, -82.9360 West Fork Pigeon River- triple arch bridge on hwy.NC 215 to champion international property line except Middle Prong

DELAYED HARVEST

35.3978, -82.9360 West Fork Pigeon River-Queens creek at game lands to  up stream to lake logan

Wild Trout

35.6817, -83.0566 Cataloochee Creek-below Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Waterville Lake

35.4147, -82.9068 Little East Fork Pigeon River-headwater section on game lands

35.3660, -82.9388 Middle Prong West Fork Pigeon River

35.7521, -83.0461 Pigeon River 

35.3551, -82.8206 Shinning Creek

35.3221, -82.8430 Yellowstone Prong

Clay County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.0794, -83.8653 Fires Creek- First bridge above the lower game lands line on US for FSR 442 to SR 1300

35.0103, -83.7040 Hothouse Branch

35.0220, -83.6857 Shooting Creek- SR 1349 bridge to US 64 bridge at SR 1338

35.0973, -83.7036 Tuni Creek

35.0803, -83.7543 Tusquitee Creek- Headwaters to lower SR 1300 bridge

35.0416, -83.6623 Vineyard Creek

Wild Trout

35.0996, -83.6226 Buck Creek-section upstream of U.S. 64

35.1023, -83.8408 Fires Creek -section on Nantahala game lands

35.1110, -83.8035 Little Fires Creek

35.1349, -83.7811 Long Branch

Caldwell County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.0102, -81.6242 Boone Fork Pond

35.9939, -81.7616 Thorps Creek- Falls to NC 90 bridge

35.9190, -81.7323 Wilson Creek- Phillips branch to brown mountain beach dam

DELAYED HARVEST

37.0625,-95.6770 Wilson Creek (game lands boundary downstream of Lost Cove Creek to Phillips Branch)

Wild Trout

36.0592, -81.5244 Buffalo Creek- Watauga Co. line to Long ridge branch

36.1068, -81.5460 Joes Creek- Watauga Co. line to first falls upstream of the end of SR 1574

36.1271, -81.5885 Rockhouse Creek

36.0928, -81.6921 Thunderhole Creek

Buncombe County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.4938, -82.6055 Bent Creek-Headwaters to NC arboretum boundary line

35.7887, -82.5052 Big Ivey Creek-Also Ivy river, Dillingham creek to US 19-23 bridge

35.4621, -82.4611 Cane Creek-Headwaters to SR 3138 bridge

35.7669, -82.3678 Corner Rock Creek

35.7613, -82.4301 Dillingham Creek-Corner rock creek to Big Ivy creek

35.4827, -82.6241 Lake Powhatan

35.7173, -82.3996 Mineral Creek

35.6980, -82.4959 Reems Creek-Sugar camp fork T US 19-23 bridge

35.7450, -82.4129 Stoney Creek

35.6032, -82.3857 Swannanoa River-SR 2702 bridge near ridgecrest to Sayles in Ashville

C&R Artificial Lures Only

35.7399, -82.3926 Carter Creek-game land portion

Ashe County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.5612, -81.5390 Big Horse Creek-Mud creek at SR 1363 bridge to Tuckerdale

36.4678, -81.6438 Big Laurel Creek

36.4658, -81.5113 Buffalo Creek-Head waters to junction of NC 194-88 & SR 1131

36.4365, -81.2932 Cranberry Creek-Alleghany Co. line to South Fork New River

36.3889, -81.6990 Hoskins Fork-Watauga Co. line to North Fork New River

36.4329, -81.6368 North Fork New River- Watauga county line to sharp dam

36.3039, -81.5627 Mill Creek

36.4630, -81.3774 Nathans Creek

36.3748, -81.4777 North Beaver Creek

36.3355, -81.5280 Old Fields Creek

36.4023, -81.3106 Peak Creek-Headwaters to trout lake, except Blueridge parkway waters

36.2983, -81.4560 Pine Swamp Creek-All forks

36.3943, -81.3690 Roan Creek

36.3901, -81.6114 Three Top Creek-Except game land portion

DELAYED HARVEST

36.5433, -81.4342 Helton Creek-Virginia state line to New River

36.4233, -81.3263 Trout Lake-Shows Peak Creek on map but it is where trout lake is at

36.500236,-81.513800 Big Horse Creek-S.R.1324 Bridge to North Fork New River

C&R Artificial Lures Only

36.5794, -81.5935 Big Horse Creek-Virginia state line to SR 1361 bridge excluding tributaries

36.3612, -81.5916 Three Top Creek-game land portion

Wild Trout Creeks Streams in NC

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

Wild Trout Waters in NC

Alleghany County
Ramey Creek
Big Sandy Creek- Portion on stone mountain state park
Stone Mountain Creek- Portion on stone mountain state park

Avery County
Anthony Creek-
Birchfield Creek
Bucks Timber Creek
Cow Camp Creek
Cranberry Creek
Gary Flat Branck
Horse Creek
Jones Creek
Kentucky Creek
North Harper Creek
Plumtree Creek
Roaring Creek
Rockhouse Creek
South Harper Creek
Webb Prong
Wilson Creek-upper section

Burke County
All waters located on South Mountains State Park except for main stream of Jacob Fork between the mouth of Shinny Creek and the lower park boundary and Henry Fork and it's tributaries.
Shinny
Nettle Branch (game land portion)
Upper Creek

Caldwell County
Buffalo Creek (Watauga Co. line to Long Ridge Branch)
Joe Creek (Watauga County line to first falls upstream of the end of S.R. 1574)
Rockhouse Creek (entire creek)
Thunder Hole Creek

Clay County
Fires Creek (section on Nantahala game lands)
Little Fires Creek
Long Branch
Buck Creek (section upstream of U.S. 64)

Graham County
Big Snowbird Creek (game lands portion above old junction)
John's Branch
Santeetlah Creek (headwaters to John's Branch)
Indian Creek
Sassafras Creek
South Fork Squally Creek
Squally Creek
Wright Creek

Haywood County
Little East Fork Pigeon River (headwater section on game lands)
Middle Prong West Fork Pigeon River
Cataloochee Creek (below Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Waterville Lake)
Pigeon River -also known as Yellowstone prong

Henderson County
Bradely Creek
Big Creek
Fletcher Creek
French Broad River
Green River (I-26 bridge to Henderson/Polk County line)

Jackson County
Chattooga River
Gage Creek
Needle Creek
North Fork Scott Creek
Sols Creek
Tanasee Creek
Whitewater River-Down from Silver Run creek to S.C. line
Wolf Creek-Except balsam lake

Macon County
Nantahala River-upstream from rainbow springs
Buck Creek

McDowell County
Licklog Creek
Mackey Creek (game lands section)
Buck Creek (game land section)
Curtis Creek (including tributaries) (game lands section)
Armstrong Creek (including tributaries) (game lands section above hatchery property)
Catawba River (head waters on game lands)

Mitchell County
Green Creek (headwaters to Green Creek Bridge)
Little Rock Creek (above Green Creek including all tributaries)
Wiles Creek (game lands boundary to mouth)

Polk County
Fulloms Creek- SR 1154 to green river

Swain County
Every creek on the north side of lake Fontana inside Smoky mountains national park
Deep Creek-Inside Smoky Mnts park area
Noland Creek-Located off the road to nowhere
Hazel Creek-Requires a shuttle call Fontana Marina at (828) 498-2211, extension #277 or 1-800-849-2258 ask for the Marina
Oconaluftee River

Transylvania County
Whitewater River (downstream from Silver Run Creek to South Carolina state line)
Looking Glass Creek
Avery Creek
South Mills River
North Fork Frenck Broad
Davidson River

Watauga County
Dutch Creek (headwaters to second bridge on S.R. 1134)
Howards Creek (headwaters to lower falls)
Watauga River (Avery County line to S.R. 1580 bridge at Foscoe)
Elk River-Below falls & 1/2 mile above falls

Wilkes County
Big Sandy Creek (portion of Stone Mountain State Park)
Garden Creek (portion of Stone Mountain State Park)
Widow Creek (portion of Stone Mountain State Park)

Yancey County
Lickskillet Creek (game lands portion)
Lower Creek
Middle Creek (game lands boundary to mouth)
Rock Creek (game lands boundary to mouth)
South Toe River (game lands boundary downstream to Clear Creek)
Upper Creek

Catch & Release Streams Fly Fish Only in NC

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH& RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

C&R Fly Fish Only

Avery County
Lost Cove Creek (game land portion, excluding Gragg Prong and Rockhouse Creek)
Elk River (portion on Lees-McRae College property, excluding the
millpond)

Transylvania County
Davidson River (headwaters to Avery Creek, excluding Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek, and Grogan Creek)

Yancey County
South Toe River (portion form the concrete bridge above Black Mountain Campground downstream to game land boundary, excluding Camp Creek and Big Lost Cove Creek)

Wilkes County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.3698, -81.0663 East Prong Roaring River- Lower state park boundry to brewer's mill on SR 1943

36.3707, -81.1232 Middle Prong Roaring River- Headwaters to second bridge on SR 1736

36.3807, -81.1983 Pike Creek Pond

36.3830, -81.1738 Bell Branch Pond

36.3692, -81.1614 Boundary Line Pond

36.3807, -81.1995 Pike Creek

36.2927, -81.3216 Middle Fork Reddies River- Headwaters to bridge on SR 1580

36.2598, -81.3127 South Fork Reddies River- Headwaters to confluence with middle fork reddies river

36.3041, -81.2726 North Fork Reddies River- Headwaters to union school bridge on SR 1559

36.3054, -81.2901 Darnell Creek-North Prong Reddies River- Downstream ford on SR 1569 to confluence with north fork reddies

36.1923, -81.4186 South Prong Lewis Fork- Headwaters to Lew2is fork baptist church

DELAYED HARVEST

36.3972, -81.0637 East Prong Roaring River (mouth of Bullhead Creek downstream to Stone Mountain State Park boundary line)

36.3987, -81.0532 Stone Mountain Creek (from falls at Alleghany County line to confluence with East Fork Reddies River and Bullhead Creek)

36.1624,-81.1576 Reddies River (Town of North Wilkesboro water intake dam to confluence with Yadkin River)

Wild Trout

36.3807, -81.0391 Big Sandy Creek- Portion on stone mtns. park

36.3888, -81.0720 Garden Creek- Portion on stone mtns. park

36.3980, -81.0691 Widow Creek- Portion on stone mtns. park

C&R Fly Fish Only

36.3984, -81.0618 Bullhead Creek-Stone Mountain State Park

C&R Artificial Lures Only

36.3944, -81.1167 Harris Creek-Portion on stone mtn park

Transylvania County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.1870, -82.7259 French Broad River- Junction of west & north forks to US 276 bridge

35.2738, -82.7075 Davidson River- Avery creek to Ecusta intake

35.1405, -82.8508 West Fork French Broad River- SR1312 & SR 1309 intersection to junction of west & north forks

DELAYED HARVEST

35.1359, -82.8109 East Fork French Broad River- Glady fork to French B river

37.0625, -95.6770 Little River (confluence of Lake Dense to 100 yards downstream of Hooker Falls)

Wild Trout

35.2991, -82.7698 Looking Glass Creek

35.2890, -82.7366 Avery Creek

35.3621, -82.6395 South Mills River

35.2397, -82.8815 North Fork French Broad-Game land from Courthouse Creek

35.2869, -82.7361 Davidson River-Game land upstream from Avery Creek

35.3229, -82.8393 Yellowstone Prong-Shining Rock Wilderness area

C&R Fly Fish Only

35.2888, -82.7789 Davidson River (headwaters to Avery Creek, excluding Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek, and Grogan Creek)

Surry County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.5419, -80.6731 Pauls Creek- VA line to 0.3 mile below SR 1625 bridge

36.5239, -80.7665 Fisher River-Cooper Creek-VA line to NC 89 bridge

36.5220, -80.8600 Little Fisher River-VA line to NC 89 bridge

DELAYED HARVEST

36.4024, -80.8433 Mitchell River (0.6 miles upstream of the end of SR 1333 to Kapps Mill Dam)

Polk County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.2235, -82.2611 North Pacolet River- Falls to NC 108 bridge

35.2173, -82.3257 Fork Creek

35.2184, -82.2993 Big Fall Creek- Portion above water supply reservoir

35.2699, -82.2723 Little Cove Creek

35.2533, -82.2937 Cove Creek

DELAYED HARVEST

35.2649, -82.3219 Green River (Fishtop Falls access area to the confluence with Cove Creek)

Wild Trout

35.2913, -82.3266 Fulloms Creek- SR 1154 to green river

McDowell County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.7444, -82.0939 Little Buck Creek-Game land portion

35.8484, -81.9686 North Fork Catawba River- Headwaters to north cove school at SR 1569 bridge

35.8090, -82.0766 Armstrong Creek- Cato holler lower line downstream to greenlee upper line

35.6358, -82.1902 Mill Creek- Upper R~R bridge to US 70 bridge

DELAYED HARVEST

35.6511, -82.1658 Curtis Creek-(game land portion downstream of the U.S. Forest Service boundary at Deep Branch)

35.6291,-82.1878 Mills Creek--(U.S. 70 bridge to I-40 bridge

Wild Trout

35.7397, -82.1530 Licklog Creek-game land portion

35.6748, -82.1463 Mackey Creek (game lands section)

35.7369, -82.1219 Buck Creek (game land section)

35.6802, -82.2003 Curtis Creek (including tributaries) (game lands section)

35.7957, -82.1208 Armstrong Creek (including tributaries) (game lands section above hatchery property)

35.7687, -82.0111 Catawba River (head waters on game lands)

C&R Artificial Lures Only

35.6758, -82.2042 Newberry Creek (game land portion)

Macon County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.2218, -83.6593 Nantahala River-Dam to white oak creek

35.2756, -83.6566 Queens Creek Lake

35.2578, -83.4728 Burningtown Creek

35.0970, -83.2637 Cullasaja River- Sequoah dam to US 64 bridge near junction SR 1672

35.1958, -83.2765 Ellijay Creek

35.0799, -83.2366 Cliffside Lake

35.1544, -83.4215 Cartoogechaye Creek- Us 64 bridge to little TN river

35.0665, -83.3859 Tessentee Creek- Nichols branch to GA. line

35.0165, -83.1620 Big Creek- Base of falls to GA. line

DELAYED HARVEST

35.2478, -83.6558 Nantahala River (Whiteoak Creek to NP&L powerhouse discharge canal)

Wild Trout

35.0965, -83.5665 Nantahala River-upstream from rainbow springs

Henderson County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.2557, -82.3508 Camp Creek- SR 1919 to Polk Co. line

35.2716, -82.3352 Green River- Mouth of Bob's creek to mouth of Rock creek & Lake summit dam to I-26 bridge

35.2833, -82.3584 Hungry River

35.3211, -82.3453 Little Hungry River

35.4454, -82.2726 Rock-Broad River-1/2 mile north of bat cave to Rutherford Co. line

DELAYED HARVEST

35.4068, -82.6472 North Fork Mills River (game land portion below Hendersonville watershed dam)

Wild Trout

35.4190, -82.6758 Big Creek

35.3826, -82.6819 Bradley Creek

35.4277, -82.6800 Fletcher Creek

35.4374, -82.5562 French Broad River

35.2716, -82.3352 Green River- (I-26 bridge to Henderson/Polk County line)

Graham County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.3061, -83.8830 Big Snowbird Creek- Old R~R junction to mouth

35.4497, -83.9427 Calderwood Reservoir- Cheoah dam to TN line

35.4658, -83.9015 Cheoah Reservoir

35.3066, -83.7519 Franks Creek

35.3045, -83.8106 Long Creek-Not on game lands

35.3360, -83.8047 Mountain Creek- Game land boundry to SR 1138 bridge

35.3886, -83.6243 Panther Creek

35.3658, -83.9189 Santeehlah Creek- Jones branch to mouth

35.3960, -83.7147 Sawyer Creek

35.4044, -83.6762 Stecoah Creek

35.2983, -83.7898 Tulula Creek- Headwaters to lower bridge on SR 1275

35.3265, -83.8970 West Buffalo Creek

35.4138, -83.8551 Yellow Creek

Wild Trout

35.2643, -83.9394 Big Snowbird Creek- (game lands portion above old junction)

35.3372, -83.9697 Indian Creek

35.3416, -84.0021 John's Branch

35.2939, -83.9303 Little Buffalo Creek

35.3462, -83.9713 Santeetlah Creek- (headwaters to John's Branch)

35.2560, -83.9686 Sassafras Creek

35.4226, -84.0003 Slick Rock Creek

35.2999, -83.9900 South Fork Squally Creek

35.2939, -83.9303 Squally Creek

35.3340, -83.9527 Wright Creek

Cherokee County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

35.2063, -84.0340 Bald Creek

35.2018, -84.1068 Beaver Dam Creek-Headwaters to SR 1326 bridge

35.2102, -84.2104 Cane Creek or North Shoal Creek - Headwaters to SR 1325

35.1874, -84.0538 Davis Creek

35.1913, -83.9274 Hyatt Creek

35.1825, -83.7909 Junaluska Creek-Ashtum Creek to Valley River

35.0322, -84.2078 Persimmon Creek

35.2096, -84.2484 Shuler Creek

35.1814, -83.9048 Valley River

35.2028, -83.8464 Webb Creek

Wild Trout

35.2601, -84.0766 Tellico River

Burke County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

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

DELAYED HARVEST

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

Wild Trout

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

C&R Artificial Lures Only

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

Avery County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.1690, -81.9096 Elk River-From college to N.C.194

36.0088, -81.9198 Linville River- Land harbor line (below dam) to Blue ridge parkway boundary line

36.0360, -81.9097 Milltimber Creek

36.0102, -82.0206 North Toe River-Headwater to Mitchell Co. line

36.0634, -81.9913 Squirrel Creek

Wild Trout

36.0727, -81.7539 Anthony Creek

36.0891, -82.0027 Birchfield Creek

36.0755, -81.7866 Bucks Timber Creek

36.0881, -81.9485 Cow Camp Creek

36.1422, -81.9694 Cranberry Creek

36.2040, -81.9714 Elk River-Elk River road to TN line

36.0697, -81.7687 Cary Flat Branch

36.0403, -81.8093 Gragg Prong

36.1076, -81.9957 Horse Creek

35.9859, -81.8398 Hull Branch

35.9835, -82.0204 Jones Creek

36.0781, -81.8990 Kentucky Creek

36.0046, -81.8408 North Harper Creek

36.0324, -82.0002 Plumtree Creek

36.0732, -82.0253 Roaring Creek

36.0270, -81.7821 Rockhouse Creek

35.9809, -81.8310 South Harper Creek

36.0353, -81.8146 Webb Prong

C&R Fly Fish Only

36.0157, -81.7985 Lost Cove Creek-game land portion

C&R Artificial Lures Only

36.0509, -81.7737 Wilson Creek-Upper Wilson

Alleghany County NC Trout Streams

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

HATCHERY SUPPORTED

36.5144, -81.1385 Bledsoe Creek

36.4898, -81.0309 Big Glade Creek

36.4842, -80.9844 Big Pine Creek

36.4817, -81.0130 Brush Creek- Entire stream except where posted

36.5455, -80.9813 Crab Creek

36.4365, -81.2932 Cranberry Creek

36.4225, -81.0100 Laurel Branch

36.4835, -81.0500 Little Glade Creek

36.5033, -81.0826 Little River-Whitehead to McCann dam

36.4073, -81.2082 Meadow Fork

36.4624, -81.1184 Pine Swamp Creek

36.4263, -81.2371 Piney Fork

36.4879, -81.2736 Prather Creek

Wild Trout

36.3807, -81.0391 Big Sandy Creek-Portion on stone mountain state

36.5114, -80.9242 Ramey Creek

36.3986, -81.0483 Stone Mountain Creek-Portion on stone mountain state park

Catch Release Streams Artificial Lures Only in NC

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.

C&R Artificial Lures Only

Ashe County
Big Horse Creek (Virginia state line to SR 1361 bridge, excluding tributaries)
Three Top Creek (game land portion)

Avery County
Wilson Creek (game land portion)

Buncombe County
Carter Creek (game land portion)

Burke County
Henry Fork (portion on South Mountains State Park)

Jackson County
Flat Creek
Tuckasegee River (above the Clark property)

McDowell County
Newberry Creek (game land portion)

Wilkes County
Harris Creek (portion on Stone Mountain State Park)

Delayed Harvest Trout Streams in NC

Posted in Trout Streams.

CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:

  • 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.
  • Stocking Schedule Dates Delayed Harvest...PDF file

Delayed Harvest Trout Streams


Ashe County
Trout Lake
Helton Creek (Virginia state line to New River)
Big Horse Creek-S.R.1324 Bridge to North Fork New River

Burke County
Jacob's Fork Creek (Shinny Creek to South Mountains State Park Boundary)

Caldwell County
Wilson Creek (game lands boundary downstream of Lost Cove Creek to Phillips Branch)

Haywood County
West Fork Pigeon River (Queens creek at game lands to up stream to lake Logan)

Henderson County
North Fork Mills River (game land portion below Hendersonville watershed dam)

Jackson County
Tuckasegee River (NC 107 bridge at Love Field to NC 116 bridge at Webster)

Macon County
Nantahala River (Whiteoak Creek to NP&L powerhouse discharge canal)

Madison County
Big Laurel Creek (NC 208 bridge to the US 25-70 bridge)
Shelton Laurel Creek (NC 208 bridge at Belva to the confluence with Big Laurel Creek)

McDowell County
Curtis Creek -(game land portion downstream of the U.S. Forest Service boundary at Deep Branch)
Mill Creek (U.S. 70 bridge to I-40 bridge)

Mitchell County
Cane Creek (N.C. 226 bridge to N.C. 80 bridge — also classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, please refer to the Commission’s Regulations Digest(PDF document) for additional information)
North Toe River (U.S. 19E bridge to N.C. 226 bridge — also classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, please refer to the Commission’s Regulations Digest(PDF document) for additional information)

Polk County
Green River (Fishtop Falls access area to the confluence with Cove Creek)

Surry County
Mitchell River (0.6 miles upstream of the end of SR 1333 to Kapps Mill Dam)

Transylvania County
East Fork French Broad River (Glady Fork to French Broad River)
Little River (confluence of Lake Dense to 100 yards downstream of Hooker Falls)

Watauga County
Watauga River (adjacent to intersection of S.R. 1557 and S.R. 1558 to N.C. 105 bridge and S.R. 1114 bridge to N.C. 194 bridge at Valle Crucis)

Wilkes County
East Prong Roaring River (mouth of Bullhead Creek downstream to Stone Mountain State Park boundary line)
Stone Mountain Creek (from falls at Alleghany County line to confluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek)
Reddies River (Town of North Wilkesboro water intake dam to confluence with Yadkin River)