Fishing Areas in Buncombe County

French Broad River Park Public Fishing Area (PFA), Asheville

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River Link, Phone: (828) 252-8474

Asheville Parks & Recreation Department, Phone: (828) 259-5800

How To Go:
From Asheville, take I-40 to exit 50 at Biltmore. Go north on Hendersonville Highway/Biltmore Avenue 0.8 mile. Turn left on Alexander Ashe Buncombe Meadow Road (fourth light). Go west on Meadow Road 1.5 mile to the light at the intersection with Amboy Road. Turn left on Amboy Road. After crossing the bridge over the French Broad River, one entrance is on the immediate right, and the other is 0.1 mile ahead on the left.

About the French Broad River Park:
Anglers can fish from the bank, wade in certain areas and float other sections of the river. Two universally accessible fishing piers have been constructed. The park offers restrooms, picnic tables and a walking trail.

Primary Fish Species: Redbreast sunfish, smallmouth bass, catfish and muskellunge.

Lake Julian Park CFP, Skyland

Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (828) 684-0376

How To Go:
From Asheville, take I-26 east to exit 37. Turn left on Long Shoals Road. Go 1.2 mile to park entrance on right.

About the Lake Julian Park:
Universally accessible parking and pier are located within the park. Channel catfish are stocked regularly from April through September. Fishing tackle is available for loan. Park fees and rules apply.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish and tilapia.

Lake Powhatan Public Fishing Area (PFA), Asheville

How To Go:
From I-26 in Asheville, take the N.C. 191 South exit at Biltmore Square Mall. Go approximately three miles; turn right on S.R. 1129 at the sign for the N.C. Arboretum. Continue on S.R. 1129, staying to the left at all forks, to the entrance to Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, where further directions to the public fishing area can be obtained.

About the Lake Powhatan:
A day-use fee must be paid at the entrance to the recreation area. A universally accessible fishing pier is available near the dam. An access road to the pier is available to persons with disabilities, but all others must walk the road to the pier. Trout are stocked from March through June. This lake is a Designated Public Mountain Trout Water, and hatchery-supported regulations apply. A special trout fishing license is required. Restrooms and facilities for camping, picnicking, trail biking, swimming and hiking are available in the recreation area.

Primary Fish Species: Brook, brown, and rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill.

Lake Tomahawk CFP, Black Mountain

Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, Phone: (828) 669-2052

How To Go:
From Asheville, take I-40 east to exit 64. Turn left (north) on N.C. 9; turn left at the third light; turn right at the second light and go about two miles. The area is on the left.

About the Lake Tomahawk:
A universally accessible path follows the shoreline of this 10-acre pond. Two universally accessible fishing piers are located along the path leading from the paved parking area. The recreation area is equipped with picnic tables, shelters, tennis courts, swimming pool, concession stand, playground and restrooms. Channel catfish are stocked regularly April through September. Fishing tackle is available for loan for free.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

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