I'm in Boone this summer working before the fall semester at Appalachian state. I'm from Johnston county, and am really into catfishing. I have been looking for catfish holes and am worried that there are none to be found anywhere near here. If anyone can tell me otherwise, I'd love to hear it!
Thanks in advance,
Western NC isn't know for being very "catty" and no monsters to be had. You will probably have to ride back to W Kerr Scott Lake, Lake Hickory or Rhodhiss and be content with channels and some smaller blues.
my brother and I found a dead catfish that was about 6 or 7 lbs in a shallow river in burnsville two years ago. Not sure what the name of the river was though. I think it was a white cat but I don't remember.
better catfishing than most think up there....used to smallie fish the south fork and the new all the time but don't go there that much now cause there are much better smaller waters closer but the south fork near the confluence of the new and the new are LOADED with flatheads it is just many don't fish for them. pretty sure river camp usa used to have a big mounted one right there in the store caught right there in the SF/.......
Yeah there are flatheads in the South fork and Mainstream of the New. People use to fish for them and set trotlines all the time back when my dad was younger. He has seen many 15+ pounders come out of the river. I have heard of some around 50 lbs as well, but that was before my time. I have never gave it much of a try but have caught some 5 and 6 pound cats before. I am pretty sure the mainstream where the confluence is and downstream are your best bets like some of the other guys have already mentioned. Seems like not many people fish for them anymore but I would have to think there are some nice sized cats somewhere. I would be interested in trying some catfishing with you along the New. I live up here so I know the stream and places we could try. Might even consider catfishing W Kerr Scott if you wanted.
DUDE. You are in the mecca of trout fishing right there. So many good spots. You gotta pick you up a cheap fly rod and give it a shot at least, so many good places right outside Boone and surrounding areas.