Fish Hot Springs to Stackhouse 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.

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Fish Hickey Fork Creek in Madison County, North Carolina

Hickey Fork is one of the “wild waters” of native trout in Madison County and has a fair population of native rainbow trout in the 2 inch to 6 inch fingerling to 10 to 14 inch adult size trout. It is a small tributary of Shelton Laurel Creek and is fish-able for approximately 1.5 miles and is about 10 to 15 feet wide at its confluence with Shelton Laurel Creek. It becomes smaller as you move up stream.

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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.

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Rainbow's End Trout Pond

Fresh rainbow trout raised in the clean cool waters of Madison County. No license required and the pole and bait are supplied. If you want to keep your fish for supper, there's only a per pound charge (please ask). We'll even clean your fish for a small fee, in case you're a bit squeamish. 828 689-2866 or 828 206-7249 Open April to end of September: Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 pm to 6 pm

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