Ashe County Fishing Information

Big Laurel Creek: Wild and hatchery supported trout are in abundance where this popular waterway meets the North Fork near Hwy 88.The entire creek runs about 9 miles to the state line.

Chinquapin Lake: Located in Ashe County, this mad-made lake is owned and maintained by the Ashe County Wildlife Club and stocked by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission under Delayed Harvest regulations. Brook, brown and rainbow trout are abundant and may only be fished using artificial lures having one hook. No fish may be possessed from October first until the first Saturday in June. Between the first Saturday in June and September 30th there is no lure restriction and anglers are subject to a seven fish creel limit.

Chinquapin Lake is near Jefferson, North Carolina. From Jefferson, NC take NC Hwy 88 East approximately 10 miles then take a left at the Upper Mountain Agricultural Research Station on Big Peak Creek Rd. Go four miles on the gravel road until the pavement begins. The entrance to Chinquapin Lake is the first road on the right.

This is an ideal spot for the entire family and it is also accessible to handicapped persons. There is a shooting range nearby so don’t be shocked if you happen to hear gunfire at times but have no fear…the fish are used to the noise and it doesn’t hamper the fishing.

Cranberry Creek: A local favorite, this is a nice large creek which is hatchery supported from the Alleghany county line across Hwy. 88 traveling twelve miles to the South Fork of the New River at the Hwy. 221 bridge.
Helton Creek: Managed under delayed harvest regulations, this very popular stream offers 11 miles of fishing on the New River all the way to the Virginia state line. Just south of the state line is a stretch running along Hwy. 194 which is teeming with wild trout.
North Fork of the New River: Running from Hwy 194 and along Hwy 88, this is a large stream which is hatchery supported in several spots along its course.
South Fork of the New River: Locals say this stream is home to monster wild browns in some spots but especially near the community of Todd.
Three Top Creek: Ten miles of hatchery supported stream which includes a good number of wild trout as well. Some monsters have been caught here, many of them over twenty inches.

Here are some additional favorite locations in Ashe County.

Beaver Creek: Hatchery supported stream. Go south from Jefferson on Hwy 221 then left on Hwy 163.The creek runs about 8 miles.
Big Horse Creek: Hatchery supported stream accessible at the bridge on Big Horse Creek Road. Hatchery supported.
Buffalo Creek: Roughly 5 miles south of Lansing to the junction of NC 194/88 & SR 1131, 6 miles. Hatchery supported.
Hoskins Fork: Go south from Lansing then take Hwy 88. The stream is half a mile past Sutherland Road on the left side. The stream runs to the North Fork of the New River, 12 miles. Hatchery supported.
Nathan’s Creek: From Hwy 88 in Jefferson, take Hwy 16 to Hwy 221 approx. 5 miles. Hatchery supported.
Old Fields Creek: Hwy 221 south out of Jefferson approx. 8 miles till you see Indian Lake Dr. 2000 ft. on the left side of the road. Hatchery supported.
Peak Creek: Hwy 88 approx. 14 miles then left on Big Peak Creek Rd. The stream is roughly 2000 feet on the left. Hatchery supported.
Pine Swamp Creek: Hwy 221 south out of Jefferson and turn right on Hwy 163. Go approx. 5 miles then turn right on Phillips Gap Road. Go approx. 1000 ft to fork in the road. Take the left fork onto Dick Phillips Road. The stream is on the left approx. 7/10 mi. Hatchery supported.
Roan Creek: Take Hwy 88 east out of Jefferson approx. 8 miles. The stream is on the right side of Hwy 88 adjacent to Low Gap Rd.