Fishing in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

Some of the Best Fishing in the Country

The 4,000 miles of cool, clear mountain streams and the many lakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina offer anglers more fishing opportunities than can be found in any other state in the Southeast. In fact, the region supports one of the most diverse fishing habitats in the world, making fishing one of the most popular things to do in the North Carolina mountains.  In these ancient southern Appalachian mountains you'll find:

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing enthusiasts come for the native brook trout and for the brown and rainbow trout that thrive in the many stocked streams. North Carolina's mountain trout streams are considered to be the finest in the eastern United States. Visit our Fly Fishing page to learn more.

Still-Water Fishing

For those who prefer still-water fishing, largemouth bass, whitefish, catfish, pike, and bluegills abound in the region's myriad lakes and ponds in North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains. In deepwater lakes such as Fontana Lake, northern fish such as walleye, muskie, and smallmouth bass are also favorites. For a list of great fishing lakes in Western North Carolina, visit our Still-Water Fishing page.

Fishing in Cherokee Waters

On the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee Fish and Game Management agency regularly stocks the nearly 30 miles of streams and six acres of ponds that are operated as a tribal business, adding nearly 400,000 rainbow, brook, and brown trout to the existing population of native fish. Visit our Fishing in Cherokee Waters page to learn more.

Commercial Trout Fishing

Commercial fee-fishing trout ponds offer non-sport fishing for those those who like to fish but who are physically unable to manage the wilder waters of streams and rivers. They are great places to take kids as well. Visit our Commercial Trout Fishing page to learn more.

Fishing Opportunities for Children

A number of fishing events for children are sponsored by the US Forest Service, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and local businesses to help kids learn fishing basics such as casting, knot tying, tackle selection, catch-and-release, and boating safety. For more details, visit our Fishing Opportunities for Children page.

Learn More

Discover more facts about fishing in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

What you'll need to know about NC State Fishing Licenses and other resources.

Check out the North Carolina's interactive fishing map.