Since it's just down the road from me, I've decided to make it a goal to catch every species of fish found in the French Broad River.
What kind of fish are in there? And what section are they found in?
I've mostly fished the FB in Asheville and upstream, where I've caught smallmouths, sunfish/bluegills (some of those panfish are hard for me to tell apart if I can't compare them side by side) and some rock bass.
I've seen schools of what I believe to have been golden shiners at the big hole upstream of Hot Springs (where I've been a couple times to unsuccessfully target catfish.)
I've seen empty chicken liver containers among the litter at Bent Creek and I've seen someone catfishing behind 12 Bones, which I suppose means there must be some cats up here, but what species?
From what I've heard there are muskies and there might be trout further upstream. I read on this forum somewhere that there are gar downstream of the dams and people mention chain pickerel once in a while, but I've never heard of anyone actually catching them out of the FB. I read online that TN has reintroduced the lake sturgeon to the FB, so once I've bagged everything I can catch in NC I'll have to visit some friends in Knoxville to try for one of those.
You'd think that NCwildlife would have a list of everything you might find in the FB, but if they do I haven't been able to locate it on their site.
Any help in building my French Broad Species Checklist will be greatly appreciated.