Fishing Waynesville NC

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With miles and miles of fresh water trout streams, and lakes and ponds in the area, it's no wonder people come to Waynesville to enjoy fishing activities!

February 15, 2017 by Rick Morris

In the Waynesville NC area there are 58 lakes, 6,012 rivers and streams, 631 reservoirs where you can fish for crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brook trout, and more. 

Jonathan Creek

A nice cold stream that runs from the Soco Gap above Maggie Valley, down through the town, and then heads down Jonathan Creek district towards I-40 before connecting into the Pigeon River.  Stocked trout.

Pigeon River

Head over to Canton - about 10 minutes. After trying your luck at the Canton Recreation Park, drive up Highway 215 towards Bethel. There are several pulloffs where you can gain access to the river.  Stocked with trout, but expect to catch small mouth and plenty of rock bass along the banks. Clear water. You can wade in most places for hundreds of yards. At Bethel, the river splits into two prongs - West and East.  West prong heads up Cruso and has some excellent white water. There are areas of access but be careful for private property. The most popular is the East Prong, which comes out of the Lake Logan area. No fishing in the lake without special permission as it is private property. Above the lake there are additional fishing waters, especially at Sunburst and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are several arched bridges that are generally stocked, but you gotta get there at the right time. When one of the locals see the stocking truck coming out of the area, they know what's up!  Access above the Sunburst area is strenuous. But, the fishing is fun.  Slippery rocks! Not for small children.

Lake Junaluska

The kids can fish off the dock or at the base of the dam.  Fun when a big carp is hooked.  Other than that, not much in the way for trout. Located off Highway 19-23, about 5 miles from Waynesville.

Allen's Creek

This stream runs from above Hazelwood, through Waynesville and beyond. Stocked with trout.  The best place for kids to fish is off the dock at the Waynesville Recreation Center. From Russ Avenue, about 1/2 mile.  Also, some park at the Bi-Lo grocery store and walk along the bank fishing.

Davidson River, Douglas Lake, Cherokee Lake, Watauga River, Lake Lure, Fontana Lake, Linville River, Pigeon River, North Teo River, Lake Jocassee, Little River, Pinhook Campground, and much, much more areas for fishing in the Waynesville NC area

Here is a listing of local fishing bait and tackle shops in the Waynesville NC area...

Waynesville Bait & Tackle
74 Old Balsam Road
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 452-1624

Bethel Hunting & Fishing
5692 Pigeon Road
Waynesville, NC 28786

Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide
Thomas Hopkins

Flying J
3712 Crabtree Road
Waynesville, NC 28785

Carolina Wholesale Bait
9 Mingus Hill Road
Canton, NC 28716
(828) 648-6107

C & K Fishing Gear
94 Main Street
Canton, NC 28716

Hookers Fly Shop
546 West Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779

JC's Guns & Stuff
14 Tractor Lane
Candler, NC 28715

Franklin's Outdoor Sports, Inc.
959 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 253-7925

Hugh Fish
1605 West Cove Road
Canton, NC 28716
(828) 648-7633

Parkway Fishing Gear
18 North Main Street
Canton, NC 28716
(828) 492-0338

Smoky Mountains On Fly
100 Roundtop Trail
Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 586-4787

And, here is a link to all the local fishing spots, with reports...


Waynesville NC Weather
The weather in Waynesville is mild, with warm summers, cool autumns, cold winters, and warming springs.

Restaurants in Waynesville NC
When it comes to finding good food, there are several quality restaurants, bar and grills, and eateries.

Waynesville NC Hotels
So, you need a place to stay?  No worries.  Try one of our cozy Bed and Breakfast's, motels, or cabins.

Bogarts Restaurant
One of the town's most regarded restaurants.  If you are looking for good food prices, this is for you.

Ingles Grocery
Head over to Ingles for all your grocery needs.  One of about 200 Ingles chain groceries in the area.

Wells Funeral Home
A respected funeral home in Waynesville for more than 100 years.

Urgent Care
This is where you go when you are sick, but not enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Two locations in Waynesville.

Downtown Waynesville
Where its happening! Walk the cozy sidewalks and take in the shops, street art, and culture.

Mountain Projects
A community action agency, serving Haywood County since 1965.

Old Stone Inn
This mountain lodge and restaurant is currently for sale (February 11, 2017).  Seven buildings. 18 guest rooms.  Price: $900k.

The Lodge
The Lodge is a hotel in Waynesville offering complimentary coffee and doughnuts in the lobby.  Queen-sized beds, no-smoking in all rooms. All rooms are poolside.

Movie Theater
If you are looking for a regular movie theater in Waynesville NC, you're out of luck.

Cabin Rentals
Nothing says living rustic like a night in a 19th century cabin.

Barbers Orchard
Barbers Orchard is a produce market/fruit stand that is open Monday - Sunday from 9am until 6pm.

Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in Waynesville NC.  From browsing shops on Main Street in this Historic town to visiting the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Box
The Music Box is a DVD and video store in Waynesville, NC.

Here is a selection of dentists in Waynesville.

Shopping is a fun part of any visit to Waynesville NC.

Go Grocery
Go Grocery provides surplus grocery products which they purchase from producers at discount.

Hair Salons
Time to get that hair done?  Here is a small listing of hair salons in Waynesville NC where you can do it.

Herren House
A Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC.

Pisgah Inn
Situated at about 5,000 feet in elevation on Mt. Pisgah, the Inn offers basic rooms at a reasonable price.

Garrett Funeral Home
Garrett's present building, built in 1968 features a chapel for 250 guests, cushioned seats, a piano...

Cold Mountain
Take a hike up the famous Cold Mountain, from the movie.

Mast General Store
Quality goods for the living, coffins & caskets for the dead.

A listing of churches in Waynesville, NC.

Waynesville Inn
The Waynesville Inn is a golf resort and spa located in Waynesville, NC.

Frog Level
Visit the historic "Frog Level" district just below the Waynesville courthouse area.

Carolina West Dental
With a staff of about 20 people, 8,000 square feet, and 8 chairs.

Homes for Sale
Buying or selling a home or land in Waynesville area.

Waynesville NC Newspaper
There are a couple newspapers that service Waynesville NC.

The Swag
The Swag features an award-winning restaurant, awesome accommodations, and world-class hiking trails.

Oak Park Inn
Old-fashioned lodging for visitors to Waynesville, North Carolina.  Nice place!

Tractor Supply
Located just outside of town off Highway 19.

Haywood County
One of the 100 counties in the state of North Carolina, Haywood is located in the western part of the state.

Bed and Breakfast
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Waynesville NC is by staying at a bed and breakfast.

Sweet Onion Restaurant
Without question the best restaurant in Waynesville NC!

Parkway Inn
The Parkway Inn motel offers rooms for smokers or non-smokers, honeymoon suites, and double-wide hot tubs.

Main Street Realty
Main Street Realty has a number of real estate agents/brokers to serve you.

Waynesville NC Map
Here is a large map of Waynesville, NC.

Hart Theatre
The HART Theater, or Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, is a community theatre showcasing regional talent.  Plenty of plays and musicals are performed in the 255-seat James Auditorium.

Population & Elevation
What is the elevation of the town of Waynesville?  How about it's population.  Here are some basic facts.

Autumn Care
Autumn Care in Waynesville opened in 1985 and provides 24-hour nursing care.

Producer of medical products and employer of local people with disabilities and disadvantages.

This is an Italian style restaurant serving authentic Italian or Mediterranean dishes.

The primary hospital serving Waynesville NC and the rest of Haywood County is Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Tuscola High School
Tuscola is one of two high schools in Haywood County.  The other is Pisgah High School in Canton.

Sunburst Realty
A real estate agency/broker in business since 1974. 

Massie Furniture
A place to buy solid wood furniture in Waynesville, NC.

High Country Furniture
Furniture store in Waynesville NC.

Windover Inn
Windover Inn...

Star Ranch
This is an animal rescue location for abused and neglected horses.