Fish Big Creek in Madison County, North Carolina

One of the tributaries of Shelton Laurel is a “wild water” with native trout. Big Creek, is 5 to 6 miles long and ranges from 12 to 15 feet wide. It has a fair population of native rainbow trout. The other tributary is Mill Creek and it is hatchery-supported. Mill Creek enters at the Carmen Church of God and it is about 2 to 3 miles long. It runs from Hot Springs up to the Pisgah National Forest Boundary.

Directions: From Marshall, take 25/70 North to Highway 208. Highway 208 to Belva and turn right on Highway 212. The left turn onto Big Creek Road is almost to the Tennessee border.

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Video footage by Tony Torn, Marshall, NC

Disclaimer: Refer to the North Carolina Regulations Digest for the most up-to-date information.