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sheville-area Fishing Report



5/3/2012 - Asheville-area Fishing Report
by Outdoors - Asheville Citizen Times

Trout Fishing

 Streams are high and clear.

 For top-water fishing: No. 18-14 Yellow Cahill, No. 14 March Brown No. 20-18 Blue-Winged Olive, No. 16-14 tan Caddis, No. 20-14 regular Adams, No. 20-14 parachute Adams, No. 18-14 Elk-Hair Caddis and No. 18-14 Light Cahill. For sub-surface fishing: No. 18-14 Caddis nymph, No. 18-14 Prince, No. 18-14 Pheasant Tail, No. 24-20 black, olive, gray or crème Midge and No. 20-14 Hare's Ear.

These flies are recommended for all types of water (inside the park and outside). For large streams such as the Tuckasegee and French Broad rivers, add extra weight to get nymphs and streamers down into deep water.

Lake Fishing

Plenty of smallmouth bass, spotted bass and largemouth bass on area lakes.

Chatuge: Bass are in pre-spawn, but they are hitting just about anything cast their way. Red Bill Rapala, Ansley Angler minnows in white and pearl and Beetle Spins are very effective. The bass are holding at depths of three to four feet. Bream and yellow perch are hitting redworms and crickets. Some crappie are holding in the same areas as the bream. Catfish are hitting blood baits and chicken livers. Jackrabbit Campground is now open. For more information, call 389-6465.

Fontana: Smallmouth and spotted bass activity very good. The bass are hitting live minnows, jerkbaits, Gulp minnows and lead-head jigs with artificial minnows. Walleye are holding in muddy pockets close to shorelines. Lead-head jigs tipped with nightcrawlers work best during the day; jerkbaits work during the evenings and at nights. Largemouth bass are hitting top-water lures early mornings and late evenings. For more information, call 498-2129 or 488-6423.

French Broad River: Smallmouth fishing in the French Broad River continues to be very good, averaging 25 bass per outing, said fishing guide Chris Manderson. Storms recently have stained the river, so bright colors and scented presentations have been the best bets. Most of the action is in the shallower runs and shoals. Spawn is coming very soon, so catch and release is recommended for the next few weeks. For more information call Manderson at 216-1336, or visit

Julian: Largemouth bass are hitting top-water lures early mornings and late afternoons off points. Crappie are hitting minnows and jigs. Bream are hitting red worms and crickets, and tilapia are hitting corn and dough balls. For more information, call David Blynt at 684-0376.

Santeetlah: Smallmouth bass are hitting black and silver tube jigs and crankbaits in fire tiger and walleye colors. Largemouth bass are hitting Trick Worms and Finesse Worms in natural colors in areas with brush and downed trees. Walleye and trout are hitting Loco, Sutton and J.R. Hunter spoons trolled at depths of 30-35 feet. Blue gill are hitting redworms and crickets. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers. For more information, call 479-8180.

Call Duke Power Co. at 866-332-5253 to check generating schedules for the Nantahala and Tuckasegee rivers or to check lake levels for Bear, Cedar Cliff, Glenville, Nantahala, Queens Creek, Tanasee and Wolf lakes, or visit

For fishing information on the Davidson River, South and North Mills rivers, and nearby streams and tributaries, call Kevin Howell at 877-4181 or 888-861-0111, Shane Buckner at 252-3005 or 800-227-6732 or Richard Witt at 274-3471 or 877-450-3474.

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