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Outside of developed recreation areas, fishing and hunting are permitted throughout the national forests in North Carolina. While the Forest Service manages the habitat and protects water quality in the national forests, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission regulates fishing. Anglers should have a fishing license. For information on licenses and more, contact the Wildlife Resources Commission at www.ncwildlife.org or call 888-248-6834.
The following are accessible fishing sites:
Piers on small lakes and ponds: Cherokee Lake, Balsam Lake (network of several piers); Max Patch Pond; Boone Fork Pond; Cradle of Forestry impoundment; Cheoah Pond
Piers on rivers and streams: North Mills River; Davidson River at Sycamore Flats and Coontree; South Toe River near Black Mountain Campground; Brice’s Creek pier and accessible launch; White Oak River pier and accessible launch at Haywood Landing; Curtis Creek network of piers; French Broad River at Murray Branch; Fires Creek; Snowbird Creek
Piers on large lakes: Jackrabbit Mountain (Lake Chatuge); Massey Branch (Santeetlah Lake); Kings Mountain Point (Badin Lake)
The NC Wildlife Resources Commission interactive map showing fishing locations statewide.