When it comes to Maggie Valley, NC, upcoming events, there are so many to cover. You could enjoy everything from festivals at the festival grounds to outdoor sports and other fun things to do. But we’re here to tell you about fishing, so gather up your fishing gear because it’s time for fishing in the NC mountains and in the Maggie Valley area in particular. Did you know that you can fish for trout in every season (even winter) and that trout can be taken year-round in Maggie Valley? Or that fall is the best time to catch Big Brown Trout and also the most scenic because of the brilliant fall leaf colors? From the annual Trout Derby in Cherokee, to fly and trout fishing tournaments and general insider tips about where to fish, our article plans to inform and educate our readers about Maggie Valley, NC upcoming events related to fishing.
Learn About Maggie Valley, NC, Upcoming Events for Fly and Trout Fishing
If you enjoy fly fishing and trout fishing, you’re going to love the Maggie Valley area. It’s a favorite fishing spot for enthusiasts from all over the state and beyond.
Fly Fishing and Trout Fishing in and Near Maggie Valley
Maggie Valley is designated as a North Carolina Mountain Heritage Trout City and the three-mile section of Jonathan Creek that flows through the town is a hatchery-supported trout water. There are public access points on Jonathan Creek, as well as many private access points. Guests of Meadowlark Motel (meadowlarkmotel.com) in Maggie Valley can enjoy trout fishing as much as they like. The motel has a beautiful recreation area with 200 feet along the banks of the creek, complete with a 24X40-foot outdoor pavilion with a kitchen that guests can use, as well as outdoor furniture, picnic tables and a fire pit. They have a seasonal outdoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of accommodations, from guest rooms to a cozy cabin.
Haywood County Trout Streams
Haywood County (which includes Maggie Valley and Waynesville) is home to a number of trout streams. These include Jonathan Creek (lower and upper ends) and Cold Creek in the hatchery-supported group, and Cataloochee Creek and Little East Pidgeon Fork River in the wild trout group. All of these creeks are ideal for trout fishing and fly fishing.
What You Need for Fishing in Haywood County & Maggie Valley
The state of North Carolina does require a fishing license. Also, there are special rules for fishing in national parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can see the full PDF by visiting the NC Wildlife Resources Commission website in the resources below. But, if you don’t have, want or need a full fishing license allowing you to fish anywhere inland, consider the easy-to-obtain 3-day Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license. According to Blue Ridge Outdoors:
“Both residents and non-residents of North Carolina who want to fish the designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters can purchase a 3-day license…”
This special license gives you a three-day pass to fish in any of the waters designated as “Mountain Heritage Trout Waters,” in Maggie Valley, NC, and Waynesville, NC, and it can be easily obtained online at ncwildlife.org, or by phone at 888-248-6834. The cost at present is $7.00.
Also, according to Visit NC Smokies, if you don’t have a rod or tackle, and don’t have time or inclination to buy your own, you can stop by the Visitor Center of Haywood County (1110 Soco Road) and they’ll give you a free tackle box with lures and flies and lend you a fly rod or spinner rod! How’s that for being downright neighborly?
Maggie Valley, NC Upcoming Events: Annual Trout Derby in Cherokee, NC
The Talking Trees’ Children’s Trout Derby in Cherokee is an annual event held at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. In 2018, it will be held on Friday, August 3rd, from 10am to 6pm and Saturday, August 4th, from 7am to 2pm. Eligible participants are children ages 3 to 11. Entry is free as well as a free breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The location is 545 Tsali Boulevard, Oconaluftee Islands Park in Cherokee. Adults and children alike may also be interested in the stories told ‘round the Cherokee Bonfire on August 3rd, followed by Music on the River from 7pm to 9pm.
Haywood County Fishing Reports, Fishing Times, Licensing and Campgrounds
NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Fishing Regulations: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/Laws-Safety/Fishing-Regulations
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1707
3-day Heritage Trout Fishing License: Online at ncwildlife.org, or by phone at 888-248-6834.
Fly Fish Haywood County, NC, by Blue Ridge Outdoors: http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/sponsored-content/fly-fish-haywood-county-north-carolina/
Visit NC Smokies, Heritage Trout Fishing Locations: https://visitncsmokies.com/attractions/mountain-heritage-trout-waters/