McDowell County NC Trout Streams

McDowell 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.

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

35.6185, -82.1990 Catawba River (Catawba Falls Campground to Old Fort Recreation Park)

35.7444, -82.0939 Little Buck Creek-Game land portion

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

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

35.690265, -82.051093 Catawba River (portion adjacent to Marion Greenway)

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

35.6284, -82.1872 Mills Creek--(U.S. 70 bridge to I-40 bridge

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)