Fishing Areas in Burke County

Broughton Pond Public Fishing Area (PFA), Morganton

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How To Go:
From I-40 take U.S. 64 south for 0.8 mile; turn left on S.R. 1949 (Salem Road). Go one mile; turn left on S.R. 1956 (Burkemont Road). Go one mile; turn left on S.R. 2002; go 1.1 mile to the end of the road. State prison facilities are on the left. Turn right on a gravel road, which is the entrance to the parking area for the pond.

About the Broughton Pond:
Two small ponds are easily accessible to most people. A canoe launch and a universally accessible, wooden fishing pier are available at the first pond. Channel catfish are stocked monthly from May through October. The daily creel limit for channel catfish is six fish per day, with no minimum size restriction. Ponds are located on the Broughton tract of the South Mountains Game Land, which is managed by the Commission for hunting. A trout license is required. No restroom, picnicking or camping facilities are located at this site.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill.

Jacob Fork Public Fishing Area (PFA), Morganton

South Mountains State Park, Phone: (828) 433-4772

How To Go:
From I-40, take N.C. 18 south (exit 105). Go 9.5 miles; turn right on S.R. 1913 (Sugar Loaf Road). Go 4.3 miles to a stop sign. Turn left on S.R. 1924 (Old N.C. 18); go 2.6 miles to S.R. 1901 (Gap Road). Go 1.4 mile and turn right on S.R. 1904 (Mountain Park Avenue) after crossing a bridge. Follow this road approximately four miles to the state park parking area. This site is located in South Mountains State Park. Brown directional signs are erected along the route.

About the Jacob Fork:
Jacob Fork is a Designated Public Mountain Trout Water, and a special trout fishing license is required. There are three universally accessible fishing piers; two are in the delayed-harvest portion of the stream, one at the left end of the parking lot and the other about 0.25 mile upstream. The delayed-harvest section is stocked with hatchery trout. Catch-and-release regulations apply from October until the first Saturday in June. The third pier is located at the upper end of a universally accessible, 1-mile loop trail. Wild trout regulations apply at the third pier (see Regulations Digest for details.) South Mountains State Park has restrooms and offers facilities for hiking, picnicking and camping.

Primary Fish Species: Brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Lake James Tailrace, Bridgewater Public Fishing Area (PFA), Glen Alpine

How To Go:
From I-40 east of Morganton, take exit 94 (Dysartsville); go north on S.R. 1129. Go approximately 0.5 mile to the stop sign; turn left on U.S. 70. Go approximately 1.5 mile; turn right on S.R. 1233. Go approximately 2.5 miles, along the Lake James dam; turn right on S.R. 1223. Go 0.5 mile to the parking area.

About the Lake James Tailrace, Bridgewater:
Brush has been cleared from an area of shoreline, and a universally accessible, wooden pier accesses the Catawba River tailrace of Lake James. This section of the stream is a Designated Public Mountain Trout Water, and it is stocked with trout from April through August. Hatchery-supported regulations apply, and a special trout fishing license is required. Lake James State Park is located approximately six miles away and offers restrooms and facilities for camping, hiking, picnicking and swimming.

Primary Fish Species: Brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Lake Rhodhiss, Huffman Bridge Public Fishing Area (PFA), Morganton

How To Go:
From I-40 (east or west), take exit 107. Turn right on N.C. 114; go approximately 1.9 mile to U.S. 70. Turn left on U.S. 70 and continue approximately two miles. Turn right on Zion Road (S.R. 1522) for approximately 1.4 mile. Turn right on Amherst Road (S.R. 1512) for 300 yards. Turn left on Huffman Bridge Road (S.R. 1501) for 1.5 mile. Cross the river bridge; area entrance is on the right.

About the Lake Rhodhiss, Huffman Bridge:
This site provides bank fishing access to the upper end of Lake Rhodhiss. A small boat launch point is available.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and carp.

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