Fishing is a big part of our Western North Carolina culture. Some of the very best fishing in the country can be had in our pristine mountain rivers. Rainbow Trout, Bass, and Brook Trout thrive in our icy streams and anglers come from all over the nation to fish these rivers. For a more complete guide to fishing in the area, visit our Carolina Mornings Guide to Fishing in WNC. Some of the very best locations in the Waynesville/Maggie Valley area have been highlighted below.
Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program
The Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program is a cooperative effort between the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and our local governments to promote trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity. Access to designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters is made easier through the program and any resident or non-resident of the area has the opportunity to purchase a 3-day license for $5.00.
Many anglers who have fished the Tuckaseegee River have said that it reminds them of fishing a Western River. Though the surrounding scenery is uniquely that of Western North Carolina, the water itself is reminiscent of those icy western waters. Numerous rock ledges crossing the river create deep pockets with plenty of riffles - perfect places to fish for trout.
West Fork of the Pigeon River
The West Fork of the Pigeon River begins off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County. It is a local favorite and boasts over 5,000 fish per mile! In higher elevations, wild Brookies abound. Lower elevations are home to wild browns. Fishing the Pigeon River is a must do for anglers visiting the area - most find that the surround flora and fauna are quite stunning and make for a perfectly serene backdrop.