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Fishing in North Carolina: 3 Top Spots for Freshwater Angling in the Tar Heel State

By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 07:24 PM

North Carolina is famous for its saltwater fishing options, particularly on the Outer Banks along the Atlantic Ocean. But the Tar Heel State is also a popular location for freshwater fishing.

Here are three of the top spots for freshwater angling in North Carolina.

1. Blue Ridge Mountains

These southern Appalachian Mountains feature “more fishing opportunities than can be found in any other state in the Southeast,” according to the Blue Ridge Heritage website. The mountain range boasts 4,000 miles of streams along with numerous lakes that are teeming with a multifaceted fishing habitat.

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Outdoorsmen can enjoy fly fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout, and native brook trout in stocked mountain streams. Still water fishermen can search the Blue Ridge’s countless ponds and lakes for catfish, pike, bluegills, whitefish, and largemouth bass. Deepwater enthusiasts can head to Fontana Lake to reel in smallmouth bass, muskie, walleye, and other northern fish.

You can also find commercial fee fishing trout ponds for those who need a more tranquil non-sport fishing experience or who have young children learning to fish. Plus, the Cherokee Fish and Game Management Agency stocks hundreds of thousands of trout in six acres of ponds and about 30 miles of streams that form a tribal business in the Cherokee waters of the Qualla Boundary.

2. Lake Chatuge

This mountain lake reservoir offers 7,050 acres of fishing along the borders of Georgia and North Carolina. The most prominent species in the lake are the spotted bass, white bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and walleye. Anglers may fish anywhere in the lake as well as its tributaries as long as they possess a fishing license from either state, according to Asheville Now.

The lake, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is deeper than 25 feet in some spots, so bring light tackle with you. Also note that both states enforce size and creel limits.

3. Lake Norman

Located in the southern region of the state, Lake Norman is the fishing spot for cooler-weather anglers to find blue catfish in November, according to Game and Fish magazine. Larger catfish weighing over 30 pounds swim with schools of white perch, but they can be reeled in with regularity on expansive flats and in deeper channels of the lake. These parts of the lake are not bogged down by underwater snags such as rock outcrops and tree stumps, so fishermen can discover their ideal fishing location by trying different spots and then using their GPS to map out the best trolling alleys.

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