Fish from Town of Marshall to Buncombe County Line on the French Broad River

The French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world (behind the Nile and the New River) runs the entire length of Madison County from the Buncombe County line to the Tennessee border. In the 1970s, the NC Wildlife Commission put smallmouth bass and some fingerling muskies into the French Broad River. These fish flourished and at one time, you could easily catch 30 smallmouth bass of the 5-6 pound size in one day if you fished in early fall. The other fish in abundance is the catfish. You can wade in at many points throughout the county.

Fish to catch:

  • Smallmouth bass
  • Catfish ( Channel catfish up to 5 pounds; Blue catfish up to 5 to 10 pounds; Yellow & Mud Catfish up to 50 pounds)
  • Muskie (muskellunge)—hard to catch


Directions: From the town of Marshall, drive south along NC Highway 251 from Marshall to the Buncombe County Line. There are several places to pull off the road for parking.

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