Bright sunshine broke through a thin layer of fog lifting off the Oconaluftee River deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, as anglers started taking their places along the pristine stream for opening day of trout fishing at the Cherokee Indian Reservation.
While most of North Carolina is bundled up in front of television sets watching the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments, a few dozen anglers privy to a neat secret are huddled in their boats, knowing March Madness must mean the speckled trout are biting.
American shad, weighing as much as 6 pounds, provide excellent spring fishing at several S.C. rivers.
Artificials or live baits:
Which catches the biggest or the most redfish and speckled trout?
The answer may surprise you.
If you want to hunt wild gobblers in the South, theres no
better place than the Palmetto State