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Lake Stocking 2/10/2020

Alfred from Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered 1,455 lbs. of mostly 14 – 16 inch, 1-1/2 lb. average trout.

Atagahi got 509 lbs..
Tiaroga got 203 lbs.
Ticoa got    467 lbs.
Wanteska   276 lbs.
Total         1,455 lbs.

Cost was $4,000 paid for by CFPOA.
Rick Hybil and Joe McMurray directed the stocking on a mild but rainy day.

Lake Stocking 11/14/2019

The last large trout stocking of 2019, and the first of the cold water season took place on Thursday 11/14/19.
Alfred from Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered 1,440 lbs. of nice looking one to two pound ( 15+/- inch) rainbows. Atagahi got 504 lbs., Ticoa got 461 lbs., Wanteska got 273 lbs. and Tiaroga got 202 lbs.
At $2.50/lb. the cost was $3,600 paid for by CFPOA. Future costs will increase by 10% to $2.75/lb.

Our next stocking will be forage fish (trout fingerlings) for Wanteska and Tiaroga, scheduled for later this month. 
The stocking plan for 2020 has not yet been finalized pending budget approvals (both CFPOA and CFFC) as well as discussions and decisions during our upcoming Fishery Management Committee meeting.

Rick Hybil
CFFC Fishery Management Committee

Fishing Club Donates to the Employees Fund

The Fishing Club’s Executive Committee has authorized another increase in the organization’s annual donation to the CFPOA Employees Fund, to $1,100 this year. A check has been presented to Jim Whitmore.

The club boosted its donation from $800 to $1,000 last year. It has been steadily increasing it over the years to show its appreciation for all the ways the employees help with the group’s community projects.

“They’re indispensable!” said the club’s president, Jim Bailey. “Certainly, our Fish Fry each summer wouldn’t be the same without their help… not to mention all the other ways they make things happen to benefit our club members and the community at large.”

An upcoming example, said Jim, will be the maintenance department’s role in erecting new outdoor public service bulletin boards at several of our lakes. The club is donating the signs as part of its Community Service program.

Award Presentations made at Annual Volunteers Brunch

The Club handed out awards in five categories for members’ service during its annual Volunteers Appreciation Brunch at the clubhouse Oct. 1.

President Jim Bailey said the work by the recipients, as well as all the other volunteers attending, was the main reason for the club’s success in promoting sport fishing and service to the community. “Without them – and you,” he said to the audience of some 50 members present, “we could never accomplish what we do.”

Two of the top awards went to longtime member Marian Wolf and outgoing treasurer Jim Ungaro. Marian received the coveted Gerry Foth Exceptional Service award. Jim received the Lifetime Membership Achievement award.

A third major award, Sportsman of the Year, went to Joe McMurray, who was unable to attend.

Distinguished Service Awards went to Tim Brown, Randy Bunn, John and Mary Anne Ciriello, Wes Davidson and John and Ellie Kratt. Tim also won the Largest Largemouth Bass award.


President Jim Bailey opened the awards program telling the audience the club’s success was due in large part to their volunteerism.








The presentations took on a lighter touch when Tim Brown clowned a bit with presenter Al Byrne.






Randy Bunn won his award for service highlighted last summer when he chaired the Fish Fry.








Al was happy to present Marian’s award, citing her for her many years of service to the club.








Wes Davidson (left), one of the club’s newer members, was cited for quickly jumping into volunteer service.








Ellie and John Kratt were one of two volunteering couples to get Distinguished Service awards. The other couple, John and Mary Anne Ciriello, were unable to attend.






Jim Ungaro got his major award for his service as treasurer, plus the many other jobs he undertook.








FREE Fly Fishing Outing

Kevin Henebry is offering a FREE Fly Fishing Outing, scheduled for October 10th. He can take 6 people on a “guided” fly fishing trip to the East Fork of the French Broad. All equipment and flies are supplied. You only need to bring your lunch. The “guides” are instructors from the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and volunteer instructors, including Kevin. Email with questions or to sign up to

Gambusia Minnows stocked

Southland Fisheries delivered 50,000 gambusia minnows on 7/9/19 for stocking as forage fish in Lakes Atagahi and Ticoa. Little Atagahi got 10,000, Big Atagahi got 15,000 stocked at the boat ramp, and 25,000 were stocked in the upper end of Ticoa. Cost was $14,330 shared 50/50 between CFFC and matching POA funds.
The minnows (between 0.5 to 1.5 inch size) appeared to be healthy and active with only a few fatalities during the 165 mile trip from Hopkins,SC, 

Connestee Falls Fishing Tournament postponed

The Connestee Falls Fishing Tournament originally scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, is being postponed due to several scheduling conflicts. Watch the Club calendar on this website for a reschedule date.



Connestee Falls Fishing Tournament Planned



On the Lakes of Connestee Falls – Atagahi, Ticoa, Tiaroga, Wanteska

May 11, 2019  8:00 am -12:00 noon (Rain or Shine)


The main objective of the tournament is to have fun!

Net proceeds will be donated to the Brevard High School Bass Club

  • Open to all Connestee Falls residents … fishing license required
  • Cost is $25.00 per angler prior to the start of the tournament.
  • Pre-Tournament “Captains Meeting” at 7:00 pm at Atagahi Park the night before the tournament (May 10th)
  • Lines in at 8:00 am, lines out at 12:00 pm, followed by a light lunch and Awards Ceremony at Atagahi Park (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm)
  • Tournament Winner determined by most combined total inches of caught bass and trout.   Longest fish and most fish caught for bass and trout.
  • Score sheets and instructions on how to document your catch are provided.
  • All fishing is catch and release beyond creel limit.
  • Anglers:  Children ages 4-15 accompanied by an adult responsible for the child.
  • For additional information and to register for the tournament, visit the Connestee Falls Fishing Club website:  The All You Need to Know document has detailed information about the tournament.

If you have questions, before and during the tournament, you may contact the following club members for more information:

                  Jim Bailey             989-948-6757

                  Carol Marines            912-663-0714



Trout Stocking March 12, 2019

Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered nice looking, spunky, 15+/- inch, rainbow trout Tuesday 3/12/19; and with the help of Fishing Club members, 35 of them were tagged for the Club’s trout contest.

Lake Atagahi got 504 lbs. (approx.336 fish) with 12 tagged.

Lake Tiaroga got 202 lbs. (approx. 135)fish) with 5 tagged.

Lake Ticoa got 461 lbs. (approx. 307 fish) with 11 tagged.

Lake Wanteska got 273 lbs. (approx.182 fish with 7 tagged.

Total……………1,440 lbs. (approx.960 fish),,,,,,,.35 tagged. Next stocking of these large trout will be in November.

(This update is courtesy of Rick Hybil, Fishing Club Fishery Management Committee).