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Overview > Fishing in Western North Carolina

Mountain Fishing around Asheville
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Newberry Creek
Newberry Creek
The ancient mountains of Western North Carolina have long held a reputation throughout the nation for their many streams and creeks. Whether you're searching for Rainbow, Brown, or Brook Trout, you'll find that these scenic waters boast some of the best fly fishing around. Small and Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish and more can also be found in abundance around the Asheville region. This guide aims to share some of our favorite fishing spots, and don't forget to check out the Asheville fishing outfitters and guides.
 
Davidson River
map: Map of Davidson River
(828) 862-5960
Although heavily fished, the Davidson River still boasts one of North Carolina's largest trout populations, with trophy brown and rainbow trout. The Majority of its crystal-clear waters are catch-and-release.
 
 
Pigeon River
Sporting re-breast sunfish and smallmouth bass, the Pigeon River is a small but beautiful river.
- From Asheville, take Interstate 40 until you hit FS 288 (exit 7; Harmon Den). FS 288 will lead under the overpass to the river.
 
 
Newberry Creek
One of North Carolina's most pristine rivers, Newberry Creek has become increasingly popular for its stunning scenery. Although it can get a little crowded in the summer months, it is well worth it for the Brown and Brook Trout.
- You'll find easy foot access to the creek as it follows FS 482A near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
 
 
Lake Powhatan
Conveniently close to Asheville, Lake Powhatan is stocked with Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout.
 
 
Lake Julian
view a map: Map of Lake Julian
 
A great fishing spot for the whole family! Lake Julian boasts bass, catfish, brim and crappie, and has even been stocked with Tilapia.
 
 
French Broad River
Famous as one of the Earth's oldest rivers, the French Broad snakes its way right through Asheville, though the best fishing is to be had downstream near Hot Springs. Just follow the river about 6 miles downstream from Hot Springs.
 
 
North Mills River Area
Featuring excellent trout fishing, North Mills river is easily accessible form Asheville. The area also offers some excellent back-country Trout fishing on Big Creek and Fletcher Creek.
- Take Interstate 26 East out of Asheville to SR 1419 (Exit 9), then take SR 1419 to Highway 191 and take a left. From 191, take a right onto SR 1345 and follow the signs to North Mills Recreation Area.