With catch and release restrictions being lifted and the arrival of bait and spin fisherman to the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest on June 4th, it has us all wishing for the first week of October. October brings cooler weather and of course the season’s first stocking of the Tuck DH. While some of us are sitting around waiting on October to get here, the rest of us are out exploring what other sections of the river has to offer. The Tuckasegee also has some great trout water both above and below the delayed harvest section. The Tuck has about 20 miles of hatchery supported water which is stocked with around 10,000 rainbow, brook and brown from March to June.
The lower sections of the river from the Barker’s Creek all the way down to Fontana Lake offers some of best Smallmouth Bass fishing in the South. Our recent float trips down these sections have been producing some of the biggest bass we’ve seen in a long time with several smallmouth weighing in at over 5 pounds. One of the best things about these trips is that you never know what you might reel in. Past trips have caught trout in the 20-25 inch range, large walleye, largemouth, redeye bass, carp and perch.