Fishing - Whitewater Pisgah


Western North Carolina is home to remarkable fishing locations across half a million acres of national forest. Explore hundreds of miles of rivers, streams, and reservoirs in the Pisgah region to pursue rainbow, brown, and brook trout, muskie, smallmouth bass, and a variety of other species in one of the premier fishing destinations on the planet.

Fly fishing is one of the most popular pursuits in Pisgah due to the abundance of exceptional rivers and streams within the National Forest. Start with premier locations like the North Mills River or the Davidson River, or head deeper into the Ranger District to explore the creeks and tributaries for more remote trout fishing opportunities.

Explore fishing locations and planning resources at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Guide Services

Fly Fishing Tours

Whitewater offers fishing experiences within Pisgah National Forest for beginners and seasoned anglers alike. Whether you are looking for a half-day introduction to fly fishing for trout or a full-day float trip in the hunt for muskie, there are tailored pursuits available throughout the forest with experienced guides.


Explore the map to learn about fishing locations, boat access, and more.

Points of Interest

The Davidson River

Regarded as one of the best trout fishing destinations in North Carolina, the headwaters of the Davidson River is a natural starting point for anglers visiting Pisgah National Forest.  Below Avery Creek, the river is stocked and managed by the State of North Carolina and features trophy-sized brown trout, in addition to brook and rainbow species.

Access: Walk/Wade, Float

North Mills River

A heavily stocked freestone stream perfect for seasoned veterans or visitors casting their first line. The North Mills River has plenty to offer and has direct access from Big Creek Lodge.

Access: Walk/Wade

French Broad River

One of the oldest rivers in the world, the French Broad features a large variety of prized species including smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, and walleye. Start in Section 1 to search for trout or head north between Etowah and Horse Shoe to explore the “muskie mile.”

Access: Walk/Wade, Float

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