Explore the fishing possibilities in the rivers and streams just north of Asheville in Madison County, North Carolina. Download the Fishing Brochure for a summary of the locations of the stocked trout streams as well as places to fish on the French Broad River. Go to the pages on the website for the more detail and for the most up-to-date information about the stocking schedule, where to buy bait and licenses, and where to hire a guide. Fishing brochure is here.
Located south of the town of Hot Springs, Meadow Fork is a tributary of Spring Creek which joins it about 6/10 mile south of the Bluff Community. It has a good population of native rainbow trout as well as the hatchery-supported trout. It is about 11 miles long and about 10 to 12 feet wide.
The stretch of Spring Creek for hatchery-supported trout fishing begins about 7 to 8 miles south of Hot Springs at the community of Bluff. Fishing extends to where Highway 209 joins Highway 63 and parallels the road the entire distance. The creek ranges from 20 to 30 feet wide in the 13 miles and has a small population of native rainbow and brown trout. the stretch from Hot Springs town limit to the old iron bridge is delayed harvest.