Trout Fishing – Maggie Valley
CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:
• Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
• Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
• Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
• To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.
Cold Springs Creek
Jonathans Creek-“Lower”-concrete bridge in dellwood to pigeon river
Jonathans Creek-“Upper”-SR1302 bridge west to SR 1307 bridge at Maggie Valley
West Fork Pigeon River- triple arch bridge on hwy.NC 215 to champion international property line except Middle Prong
West Fork Pigeon River-Queens creek at game lands to up stream to lake logan
Cataloochee Creek-below Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Waterville Lake
Little East Fork Pigeon River-headwater section on game lands
Middle Prong West Fork Pigeon River