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  1. #16
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    I've never fished Lake Lure. It might be the closest major lake near Asheville. I had a friend, now deceased, that liked it. It has Bass, Walleyes, and some Trout I think. The French Broad River flows right through Asheville. It has Smallmouth and Musky. Fontana Lake, Santeetlah Lake, and Calderwood Lake aren't all that far. Fontana isn't as good of a Smallmouth lake as it once was. Invasive Alabama Spotted Bass are gradually taking it over. Santeetlah Lake is a lake that was good to me last year. I trolled up Rainbows, a few Browns, an occasional Largemouth Bass, and my biggest Walleye ever....close to 3 Kg. Calderwood has Rainbows and some big Browns. Santeetlah and Calderwood are close to each other. They don't rent boats at Calderwood. Most of Calderwood Lake is in Tennessee. You can fish the lake with either state's Permit and Trout Stamp.

    In Asheville, you're closer to Tennessee than you maybe think. You could take interstate 26 north west up to Watauga Lake that's just across the border in Tennessee. It's one of the best Trout lakes in the region. If you go there, hire a guide. You need downriggers, lead-core lines, and Dipsy Divers to get your lures down to where the Lakers are. It also has Rainbows, some Browns, Walleyes, and lots of Smallmouths. I've caught several Smallies there around 2 Kg. I lost one right beside the boat last spring that was gonna be over 3 Kg, maybe close to 3.5 Kg...?

    Southwest of Asheville are Hiwassee Lake and Apalachia Lake. Hiwassee has Bass and Stripers. Apalachia has Smallmouths, Browns, and some Rainbows. It doesn't have boat rentals. Hiwassee does have marinas where you should be able to rent boats.

    Smallmouth fishing is generally better than Trout fishing in the early spring. The Smallmouth will be starting to congregate near the places they'll spawn. Lake and Brown Trout will be be spread all over the lakes. Rainbows can be harder to find in some lakes because they might be spawning in tributary streams. l

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    Santeetlah Lake.....
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    Thank you for all the information, we will be spending 6 days in asheville so im sure i will ahve the time to cross over to tennessee.
    Will be traveling with my family so i won't have as much time as i would have liked to fish, will try to spend it wisely.
    Probably going to do most of my fishing from shore cause then my girlfriend and her father can do some birdwatchign while a i fish, since i'm the only one with an interest.

    Those are some stunning fish right there, real fat trouts with nice markings.
    I'm pretty used to chasing browns, but trolling is a lot more effective that's for sure.

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    If you're not gonna get a boat, I'd concentrate on catching a Smallmouth in the French Broad River. The river flows right through the city. Beyond that, you might be able to visit some trout streams. If you do get a boat, I'd recommend Watauga Lake. There's several guide services out of Fish Springs Marina. Many of the guides use pontoon boats for trolling. Family members could ride along and they might see birds. There's Eagles, Herons, and Ospreys around waterways. You might even see a Bear....? Here's some Rainbows and Lakers from Watauga.....
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    Here's a Bear swimming across Chilhowee Lake. This was in late summer when the males roam for sex. In spring, you're more likely to see them on the shore for a drink. I see Bears at most of the mountain lakes I fish on occasionally.
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    I hope that the French Broad River isn't too muddy to fish by the time you get here. The rain has been heavy and it doesn't take much to muddy it up. An old-timer once told me that that they called the French Broad the Big Muddy because it was nearly always tinted, and the Holston River that it merges with to form the Tennessee River was usually clear.

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    Yeah the FB has been up for awhile but its coming down

    Some nice bank spots on the FB.

    I would target catfish or smallmouth bass

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    Yeah i have somewhat settled on the idé of trying to target some smallies. Any tips for where and how I can get on some smallies or perhaps some cats?
    I have only one set up with me so can't really cover that much water for cats.

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    If you don't mind a walk, Hot Springs and upstream has some great areas for smallies/ Walleyes and occasional muskie. Plus, you can reserve a soak in the hot tubs after you fish. Pray for no rain before your visit. A storm in Brevard can ruin it for you as far down as Marshall/Hot Springs fora week. PM for a few more areas to fish the FB.
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    Yeah hoping the weather will hold up! Thank ypu for the tips im sure to look at that area, seems to be not to far from where il be staying.I sure don't mind a walk, pretty much why we are there Brought lures for anything from crappies to muskies.

    Does the freshwater(inland) license cover FB?

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    Yeah hoping the weather will hold up! Thank ypu for the tips im sure to look at that area, seems to be not to far from where il be staying.I sure don't mind a walk, pretty much why we are there Brought lures for anything from crappies to muskies.

    Does the freshwater(inland) license cover FB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicko View Post
    ......Does the freshwater(inland) license cover FB?
    Yes! I'd think about a back-up plan. Heavy rain is coming Wednesday and Thursday this week. The "Big Muddy" will likely be muddy. It's one of the oldest rivers in the region. It's been in the same place since the mountains were raised about 250 million years ago. The French Broad has washed away all the rock layers and is down into what was once the sandy seas bottom long ago. All the times I've been to Hot Springs, the river was muddy....living up to it's nickname, Big Muddy.

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    The French Broad has washed away all the rock layers and is down into what was once the sandy seas bottom long ago. All the times I've been to Hot Springs, the river was muddy....living up to it's nickname, Big Muddy.


    True, but...the six trillion tons of silt that washes into it from the horrible grazing practices, turf farms and massive development upstream are 90 percent of what makes it muddy. When your're musky fishing above the airport and a chunk of bank the size of a Volkswagen tumbles off because a herd of cows are following your boat, something's not right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slickrocktom View Post
    Yes.....but the six trillion tons of silt that washes into it from the horrible grazing practices, turf farms and massive development upstream are 90 percent of it. When your musky fishing above the airport and a chunk of the bank the size of a Volkswagen tumbles off because a herd of cows are following your boat isn't natural.
    Even if what you cite had never occurred, the French Broad would still be a muddy river. Now that there's fewer dairy farms along it, have they just been replaced by turf farms...? Did you see or see pictures of Douglas Lake when it was very low during the drought a few years back? The silt covered everything. The sand went on and on looking rather like a desert next to a river.

    I still remember the first time I went to Hot Springs during the summer of 1971. We were camping in Cocke County, Tennessee at Rattlesnake Mountain. We decided we were tired of our camp food and drove down the mountain to Hot Springs to get something to eat. Along the way we got a laugh when we saw a hippie farmer tending his corn field on a steep slope. He had marijuana growing between the rows of corn. We yelled out the car windows, we'll be back when it's ripe. We got his attention. Then, the river looked like whitewater chocolate milk. The town looked so old. The traffic lights were on poles about 6-8 feet high instead of the overhead wires I was accustomed to seeing. They looked like the ones my dad and brother had on the roads around their model train set that they built. When we were at the diner we found, everybody stared at us....outsiders. It was an interesting morning!

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    Guess i'l have to get a plan B, Fb was my first choice as it would be within walking distance from where we are staying.
    Do you know of any good trails that lead to some good fishing, would like to take a hike and perhaps stop to fish on the way.
    Going to look at the spots already mentioned and se if they might fit the bill
    As it looks right now il be stuck with bank fishing so some streamer might be to prefer?

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