Fishing Areas in Clay County

Chatuge Reservoir, Jackrabbit Public Fishing Area (PFA), Hayesville


How To Go:
From Hayesville, take N.C. 64 east. Go 4.6 miles; turn right on N.C. 175. Go 3.2 miles; turn right on Jack Rabbit Campground Road. Go 1.3 mile to the campground; follow the signs to the boating access area. At the top of the boat ramp, turn right; go up the hill to the ball field. Follow the Jackrabbit Mountain Trail, which begins at the left field side of the ball field. Bank fishing access points are located along this trail and are identified by signs.

About the Chatuge Reservoir, Jackrabbit:
Brush has been cleared at each fishing access point along the full pool elevation of the lake. Fish attractors have been placed off each access point. Camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and restrooms are available at the Jackrabbit Recreation Area.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, Bodie bass (striped bass x white bass hybrid), sunfish, crappie and catfish.

Chatuge Reservoir, Ledford Chapel Public Fishing Area (PFA), Hayesville

How To Go:
From Hayesville, take U.S. 64 east. Go 3.7 miles; turn right on Ledford Chapel Road. Take Ledford Chapel Road 1.1 mile to the boating access area. The fishing pier is located to the left of the boating access area parking area.

About the Chatuge Reservoir, Ledford Chapel:
An 8-foot wide fishing pier with a 32-foot T-section at the end has been constructed. A universally accessible paved path goes from the parking area to the pier; brush fish attractors have been installed around the pier.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear and redbreast sunfish.

Chatuge Reservoir, Shooting Creek Public Fishing Area (PFA), Hayesville

How To Go:
From Hayesville, take U.S. 64 east five miles to Hwy. 75. Turn right for one mile.

About the Chatuge Reservoir, Shooting Creek:
This site has a universally accessible floating fishing pier with a universally accessible trail and parking pad.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, walleye, catfish and sunfish.

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