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Polk County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Green River (Fishtop Falls Access Area to the confluence with Cove Creek)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Green River (Mouth of Cove Creek to the natural gas pipeline crossing)
  • North Pacolet River (Joels Creek to N.C. 108 bridge)

Rutherford County

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • (Rocky) Broad River (Henderson Co. line to U.S. 64/74 bridge, except where posted against trespassing)

Stokes County

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Dan River (Virginia state line downstream to a point 200 yards below the end of S.R. 1421)

Surry County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Ararat River (portion adjacent to Ararat River Greenway)
  • Mitchell River (0.6 mile upstream of the end of S.R. 1333 to the S.R. 1330 bridge below Kapps Mill Dam)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Ararat River (S.R. 1727 bridge downstream to the N.C. 103 bridge)
  • Big Elkin Creek (Dam 440 yards upstream of N.C. 268 bridge to a point 265 yards downstream of N.C. 268 [marked by a sign on each bank])
  • Fisher River (Cooper Creek) (Virginia state line to I-77 bridge)
  • Little Fisher River (Virginia state line to N.C. 89 bridge)
  • Lovills Creek (U.S. 52 Business bridge to Ararat River)
  • Pauls Creek (Virginia state line to 0.3 miles below S.R. 1625 bridge)

Swain County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Tuckasegee River (U.S. 19 bridge to Slope Street bridge)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Alarka Creek (game land boundary to Fontana Reservoir)
  • Calderwood Reservoir (Cheoah Dam to Tennessee state line)
  • Cheoah Reservoir
  • Connelly Creek (Camp Branch to Tuckasegee River)
  • Deep Creek (Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary line to Tuckasegee River)
  • Nantahala River (Macon Co. line to existing Fontana Reservoir water level)

Transylvania County

Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters
  • Davidson River (headwaters to Avery Creek, excluding Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek and Grogan Creek)
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • East Fork French Broad River (East Fork Baptist Church to French Broad River)
  • Little River (confluence of Lake Dense to 100 yards downstream of Hooker Falls)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Davidson River (Avery Creek to lower USFS boundary line)
  • French Broad River (confluence of North Fork French Broad River and West Fork French Broad River to the Island Ford Rd. [S.R. 1110] Access Area)
  • Middle Fork French Broad River (upstream U.S. 178 bridge to French Broad River)
  • West Fork French Broad River (Camp Cove Branch to confluence with North Fork French Broad)
Wild Trout Waters
  • All waters located on Gorges State Park
  • Whitewater River (downstream from Silver Run Creek to South Carolina state line)
Wild Trout/Natural Bait Waters
  • North Fork French Broad River (game land portion down­stream of S.R. 1326)
  • Thompson River (S.R. 1152 to South Carolina state line, except where posted against trespassing)

Watauga County

Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters
  • Laurel Creek (confluence of North and South Fork Laurel creeks to Elk Creek, excluding tributaries)
  • Pond Creek (headwaters to Locust Ridge Road bridge, excluding the pond adjacent to Lake Coffey)
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Lake Coffey
  • Watauga River—upper (S.R. 1114 bridge to N.C. 194 bridge at Valle Crucis)
  • Watauga River—lower (S.R. 1103 bridge to confluence with Laurel Creek)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Beaverdam Creek (confluence of Beaverdam Creek and Little Beaverdam Creek to an unnamed tributary adjacent to the intersection of S.R. 1201 and S.R. 1203)
  • Beech Creek
  • Buckeye Creek (Buckeye Creek Reservoir dam to Grassy Gap Creek)
  • Buckeye Creek Reservoir
  • Cove Creek (S.R. 1233 bridge at Zionville to S.R. 1214 bridge at Sherwood)
  • Dutch Creek (second bridge on S.R. 1134 to mouth)
  • Elk Creek (S.R. 1510 bridge at Triplett to Wilkes Co. line, except where posted against trespassing)
  • Laurel Creek (S.R. 1123 bridge at S.R. 1157 intersection to Watauga River)
  • Meat Camp Creek (S.R. 1340 bridge at S.R. 1384 intersection to N.C. 194)
  • Middle Fork New River (adjacent to intersection of S.R. 1539 and U.S. 321 to South Fork New River)
  • Norris Fork Creek
  • South Fork New River (canoe launch 70 yards upstream of U.S. 421 bridge to lower boundary of Brookshire Park)
  • Stony Fork (S.R. 1500 bridge at S.R. 1505 intersection to Wilkes Co. line)
Wild Trout Waters
  • Dutch Creek (headwaters to second bridge on S.R. 1134)
  • Howard Creek
  • Maine Branch (headwaters to North Fork New River)
  • North Fork New River (from confluence with Maine and Mine branches to Ashe Co. line)
  • Watauga River (Avery Co. line to S.R. 1580 bridge)
  • Winkler Creek (lower bridge on S.R. 1549 to confluence with South Fork New River)

Wilkes County

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • East Prong Roaring River (Bullhead Creek downstream to Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary)
  • Elk Creek—upper (Watauga Co. line to lower boundary of Blue Ridge Mountain Club)
  • Elk Creek—lower (portion on Leatherwood Mountains Development)
  • Reddies River (Town of North Wilkesboro water intake dam to confluence with Yadkin River)
  • Stone Mountain Creek (from falls at Alleghany Co. line to con­­fluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Basin Creek (S.R. 1730 bridge to confluence with Lovelace Creek)
  • Bell Branch Pond
  • Boundary Line Pond
  • Cub Creek (0.5 miles upstream of S.R. 2460 bridge to S.R. 1001 bridge)
  • Darnell Creek (North Prong Reddies River) (downstream ford on S.R. 1569 to confluence with North Fork Reddies River)
  • East Prong Roaring River (Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary to S.R. 1002 bridge)
  • Fall Creek (S.R. 1300 bridge to confluence with South Prong Lewis Fork, except where posted against trespassing)
  • Middle Fork Reddies River (Clear Prong) (headwaters to bridge on S.R. 1580)
  • Middle Prong Roaring River (headwaters to second bridge on S.R. 1736)
  • North Fork Reddies River (Vannoy Creek) (headwaters to Union School bridge on S.R. 1559)
  • Pike Creek
  • Pike Creek Pond
  • South Fork Reddies River (S.R. 1355 bridge to confluence with Middle Fork Reddies River)
  • South Prong Lewis Fork (Fall Creek to S.R. 1155 bridge)
Wild Trout Waters
  • All waters located on Stone Mountain State Park, except East Prong Roaring River from Bullhead Creek downstream to the Stone Mountain State Park lower boundary where Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply, and Stone Mountain Creek from falls at Alleghany County line to confluence with East Prong Roaring River and Bullhead Creek in Stone Mountain State Park where Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply.

Yancey County

Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters
  • South Toe River (headwaters to Upper Creek, including tributaries)
  • Upper Creek (headwaters to South Toe River, including tributaries)
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters
  • Cane River (Blackberry Ridge Road to downstream boundary of Cane River County Park)
Hatchery Supported Trout Waters
  • Bald Mountain Creek (except where posted against trespassing)
  • Cane River (Bee Branch [S.R. 1110] to Bowlens Creek)
  • Price Creek (junction of S.R. 1120 and S.R. 1121 to Indian Creek)
  • South Toe River (Clear Creek to lower boundary line of Yancey Co. recreation park, except where posted against trespassing)
Wild Trout Waters
  • Cattail Creek (bridge at Mountain Farm Community Road to N.C. 197 bridge)
  • Lickskillet Creek
  • Middle Creek (game land boundary to mouth)

Mountain Heritage Trout Waters

Some Public Mountain Trout Waters running through or adjacent to certain cities or towns may be further classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Any license that provides trout fishing privileges may be used to fish on Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Resident and nonresident anglers may instead purchase a three-day Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license valid only on Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. This license is $5 for both residents and nonresidents and can be purchased online at ncwildlife.org or by calling 888-248-6834, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The following waters are classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters and listed by county, Mountain Heritage Trout City name and regulation type. The boundaries for Mountain Heritage Trout Waters are marked with signs posted conspicuously along the watercourses.

Ashe County

  • Lansing: Big Horse Creek (S.R. 1324 bridge to North Fork New River) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]
  • Todd: South Fork New River (upstream end of Todd Island to S.R. 1351 bridge) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

Avery County

  • Newland: North Toe River (Watauga St. bridge to Roby Shomaker Wet­lands and Family Recreation Park) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]

Haywood County

  • Maggie Valley: Jonathan Creek (upstream S.R. 1302 bridge to S.R. 1309 bridge) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]
  • Waynesville: Richland Creek (Russ Avenue bridge to U.S. 19 bridge) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]

Jackson County

  • Dillsboro: Scott Creek (Hometown Place Road to Tuckasegee River) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]Tuckasegee River (Falls located 275 yards upstream of U.S. 23-441 bridge to Scott Creek) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]Tuckasegee River (Savannah Creek to falls located 275 yards upstream of U.S. 23-441 bridge) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]
  • Sylva: Scott Creek (Hospital Road to Hometown Place Road) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]
  • Webster: Tuckasegee River (downstream N.C. 107 bridge to Savannah Creek) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

Madison County

  • Hot Springs: Spring Creek (N.C. 209 bridge at Hot Springs city limits to iron bridge at end of Andrews Avenue) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

McDowell County

  • Old Fort: Mill Creek (U.S. 70 bridge to the I-40 bridge) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

Mitchell County

  • Bakersville: Cane Creek (N.C. 226 bridge to S.R. 1189 bridge) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]
  • Spruce Pine: North Toe River (U.S. 19E bridge to N.C. 226 bridge) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

Swain County

  • Bryson City: Tuckasegee River (U.S. 19 bridge to Slope Street bridge) [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

Watauga County

  • Beech Mountain: Buckeye Creek (Buckeye Creek Reservoir dam to Grassy Gap Creek) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]Buckeye Creek Reservoir [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]Lake Coffey [Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations apply]

    Pond Creek (headwaters to Locust Ridge Road bridge, excluding the pond adjacent to Lake Coffey) [Catch and Release/Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters regulations apply]

Yancey County

  • Burnsville: South Toe River (property boundaries of the Yancey County Toe River Campground) [Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations apply]

Trout Fishing on Game Lands

  • All waters on the game lands listed below are Public Mountain Trout Waters and are classified as Wild Trout Waters, except as noted:
    • Cold Mountain Game Land in Haywood Co.
    • Dupont State Forest Game Land in Henderson and Transylvania counties, except Little River from 100 yards downstream of Hooker Falls downstream to the Dupont State Forest boundary, Lake Imaging, Lake Dense, Lake Alfred, Lake Julia, and Fawn Lake.
    • Green River Game Land in Henderson and Polk counties, excluding Green River downstream of the natural gas pipeline crossing.
    • Headwaters Game Land in Transylvania Co.
    • Nantahala National Forest Game Land in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania counties, except Cheoah River downstream of Santeetlah Reservoir and Cherokee Lake.
    • Pisgah National Forest Game Land in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey counties, except Grogan Creek, North Fork Catawba River downstream of the mouth of Armstrong Creek, Big Laurel Creek downstream from the U.S. 25-70 bridge to the French Broad River, Mill Ridge Pond, Nolichucky River, Pigeon River downstream of Waterville Reservoir to the Tennessee state line, and Spring Creek below USFS Road 223.
    • Pond Mountain Game Land in Ashe Co.
    • Rendezvous Mountain State Forest Game Land in Wilkes Co.
    • South Mountains Game Land in Cleveland and Rutherford counties.
    • Three Top Mountain Game Land in Ashe Co.
    • Thurmond Chatham Game Land in Wilkes Co.
    • Toxaway Game Land in Transylvania Co.
    • William H. Silvers Game Land in Haywood Co.

Trout Fishing on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Angling opportunities on the Blue Ridge Parkway are managed by the National Park Service which establishes fishing regulations for Parkway waters. The Wildlife Resources Commission aides with management by stocking catchable-size trout into the following waters:

CountyWater

AlleghanyBrush Creek

AlleghanyBig Pine Creek

AlleghanyMeadow Fork

AveryLinville River

BuncombeSwannanoa River

WataugaPrice Lake

Specific fishing regulations are displayed on signs located near fish­ing access points, and all persons age 16 or older must possess a valid North Carolina or Virginia fishing license to fish parkway waters. In addition, the parkway provides wild and catch-and-release trout fishing, as well as, angling for bass and sunfish.

For more information on fishing in parkway waters, contact:

Blue Ridge Parkway

199 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803.

Phone: 828-271-4779, or nps.gov/blri/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm.

Trout Fishing on N.C. State Parks

Fishing within a state park is limited to park operating hours. For park information visit ncparks.gov or contact:

South Mountains State Park828-433-4772

Stone Mountain State Park336-957-8185

Gorges State Park828-966-9099