Tuckasegee River (Dillsboro Bridge to NC Hwy 107 Bridge)

Categories: Fishing


  •  Superb Fly Fishing Opportunities 
  •  Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout are stocked here 
  •  Hatchery Supported "Delayed Harvest Waters" Designation 
  •  Between October 1st and the First Saturday in June you must treat these waters as "Catch & Release" and single-hook artificial  lures only 
  •  Beginning the first Saturday in June you may harvest trout under the "Hatchery Supported" regulations (live bait, 7 trout limit)

The Local Scoop

We recommend this section of the river to anyone who desires to catch NC mountain trout. This is the most heavily populated river in the entire state. Folks come from al over the country to fly fish this river and for good reason. Upwards of 49,000 trout are stocked into this section of the Tuckasegee each year. You will need a valid N.C. Wildlife Fishing License, available at multiple establishments listed on this site. Also, you will need to be aware of the "Delayed Harvest rules and regulations." These are briefly listed in the "Highlights" portion of this page as well as under the "fishing tips & advice" section of the site. Make sure you have a look so you'll be prepared before you wet your line. There are only certain times of the year in which you can catch & keep the trout, the other times are Catch & Release only. So, slap on your waders and get ready to catch a lot of trout if you decide to fit this fishing excursion into your vacation to our area, we highly recommend it!

The Local Directions

Traveling North via U.S. 441/23, just before Dillsboro, NC, take a right onto Mockingbird Lane and travel 0.1 mile to a new river access parking area on your left.  Here, you're just above the main rapids where the dam used to be.

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Distance From
FROM (Town): Dillsboro, 1 mile HIKE: Roadside Access
35.355316, -83.247195

Dillsboro, NC 28725
Jackson County