• Freshwater Fishing

    A beautiful, wild brook trout is one of the real joys of fishing on tiny, isolated wild-trout streams in the mountains of western North Carolina.

    The wild, wild west - Beat the summer heat by spending a day on one of North Carolina’s many wild-trout streams.

    North Carolina has more than 4,000 miles of streams holding wild, native trout waiting to sample your fly collection.
    August 01 at 7:00am
    Michelle Keisler shows off the piebald catfish she caught on June 4 while fishing with her dad and husband.

    Another piebald catfish caught on Lake Monticello

    Unique fish was released alive and well
    July 31 at 7:16pm
    The redbreast is the most colorful of the sunfish family.

    Species spotlight: redbreast sunfish

    Brightly colored fish is tough fighter, great table fare
    July 29 at 6:56pm
    Trout always have a place on their menu for worms, real or fake (l-r): two Squirmy Worms, San Juan Worm, night crawlers.

    Get buggy for trout

    Terrestrials are No. 1 on a trout’s summer menu
    July 19 at 9:00am
    Lake Monticello is known for its big blue catfish, but this piebald catfish was a treat for guide Justin Whiteside.

    Monticello guide catches piebald catfish

    "Jersey cow" catfish was released alive
    July 16 at 12:43pm
    Colorful redbreast sunfish don’t slow down their feeding habits just because it’s hot. South Carolina’s Lynches River is a great stream for a summer float.

    Target redbreasts on South Carolina’s fertile Lynches River

    These colorful sunfish will bite a variety of lures, bait
    July 12 at 3:01pm
    Thousands of gallons of milk spilled into Cove Creek after a truck overturned in the area around Saluda, N.C. Saturday.

    Spilled milk kills trout in western North Carolina

    Tanker truck wreck turns Cove Creek white with milk
    July 02 at 10:20am
    The NCWRC has added 200 fish attractors to Mountain Island Lake.

    NCWRC adds 200 fish attractors to Mt. Island Lake

    One hundred are concentrated in upper part of lake, 100 in lower part
    July 01 at 10:58pm
    Try these six special summer slab spots for Carolina success.

    Six special summer slab spots - Keep the heat on summer slabs on these six lakes in the Carolinas

    When hot weather arrives, crappie fishing doesn’t have to disappear. These half-dozen destinations keep producing slabs for anglers from both Carolinas.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Keeping a fish you’ve landed at least partially in the water will lead to a better chance for a successful release.

    Catch-and-release? Yes!

    Returning wild fish to streams protects fisheries
    June 19 at 9:00am