Watauga County Fishing Information

Beech Creek: Located east of Beech Mountain, this is a hot spot for both hatchery supported and wild trout. Since it’s not heavily fished, this is arguably one of the best streams in the High Country. Access is via Hwy. 321.
Boone’s Fork Creek: Running from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Price Lake dam all the way to Foscoe, NC, this is a partially posted catch and release stream. Access is best gained at Julian Price Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The park is a great destination in and of itself. Camping is allowed and there are great hiking trails as well as non powered boating allowed.
Laurel Creek: Accessible from the Hwy. 321 bridge is a hatchery supported stream teeming with both stocked and wild trout.
Dutch Creek: Home to both wild and hatchery stocked trout this stream can be accessed at the second bridge on SR1134 and continues to Valle Crusis.
The Middle Fork, New River: This is a very popular spot in the Blowing Rock area which originates at the Chetola Dam and runs on to the South Fork. Locals tend to choose the area around Aho Rd near where the parkway crosses Hwy. 321.
North Fork of the New River: About a half hour from Boone is a great spot above the dam on Route 88. Go through the Meat Camp community to Sutherland Road. This is where the river begins as two creeks come together. Some monsters have been caught at this spot.
Watauga River: Originating in Foscoe at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, this is a fantastic river. Many a monster trout has been taken in this river. There are many great spots to fish the Watauga as it runs along Hwy. 105 between Boone and Foscoe. From Boone, head towards Banner Elk until you go through the stop light at the Valle Crucis turn off. The river is on your left and there is room to park just off the road. Going further up the road, you will see the turn off to Hound Ears on your left. This is another popular spot. Even further up the road through the Foscoe community, you will see a sign for a residential community called Sleepy Hollow, turn left and go under the covered bridge to find yet another good spot.
Another great location for small mouths is just down river from the bridge on Hwy. 194. To reach this hot spot from Boone turn right at the light on Hwy. 105 which will put you onto Hwy. 194, go past the Mast Store and you will see the bridge. From that point on, the fishing is terrific.