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Winter Fishing in Western North Carolina

Posted by on February 2, 2024

Winter Fishing in Western North Carolina can be absolutely fantastic and provide anglers a lot less crowded streams. Some of our biggest fish have been during the winter months.

Very large rainbow on the Cherokee Trophy Water.

We offer wade and float trips all winter long. Floating can be a good option that will keep you a little warmer and dry for the day. Choose from our 1/2, 3/4 and full day options with all fishing gear included.

Wading trips offer more flexibility in areas to fish. We suggest any of the delayed harvest sections in the area (Tuckasegee, Nantahala and the West Fork of the Pigeon) are all good options. Cherokee can be really good too. If you are after wild trout maybe in the Smokies you need to pay close attention to the water temps. Anything around the mid 30s or lower will generally be a slow bite. Focus on the warmest part of the day when choosing these streams.

Large Northern Brook Trout on tbe Tuckasegee River.

Here are some things to remember for our area when fishing in the winter. All state hatchery supported streams close on March 1st and reopen the first Saturday in April. Cherokee closes everything except the trophy section the last two weeks of March with opening day on the last Sat of the month. All delayed harvest and wild streams remain open all year.

Chad with a beautiful Tuckasegee Brown Trout.

When fishing in the winter either guided or alone it is recommended to dress according to the weather and water temps and always bring an extra set of clothes for those unexpected slips and falls. A good wading staff is also recommended.

Releasing a big rainbow trout on the Cherokee Trophy section.

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Winter Fishing in Western North Carolina