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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).

Trout stocking 1/18/2019

Alfred (Morgan Mill Trout Farm) delivered 1,440 lbs. of 15 +/- inch rainbow trout for stocking all four lakes on Friday 1/18/19.

At $2.50 / lb., the $3,600 invoice was paid for by the CFPOA out of the 2019 budget of $10,800 for stocking. 

Atagahi got 504 lbs. (approx. 336 fish)
Ticoa got 461 lbs. (approx. 307 fish)
Tiaroga got 202 lbs. (approx. 135 fish)
Wanteska got 273 lbs. (approx. 182 fish)
Total = 1,440 lbs. (approx. 960 fish)

Next stocking is scheduled for March during which time orange tags will be attached to 35 trout. 

Rick Hybil
CFFC Fishery Management Committee


Another Lunker Trout from Lake Wanteska

On 11/29/2018 Cork Snearly caught this dandy 20” trout in Lake Wanteska. Cork was throwing a ¼ oz. gold spoon.

Cork commented that his hands were too cold to get a better selfie!



Thank You to our Outreach Volunteers!

The Fishing Club extends an enthusiastic “Well Done and Thanks” to the wonderful volunteers in our 2018 Outreach Program, in which the club hosts county kids and adults from such organizations as the Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Transylvania Vocational Services, Black Mountain Home for Children, and the Sheriff’s Shield Camp for fishing at Lake Atagahi. With Outreach leader Nick Revill and more than 20 club volunteers joining him, the program held 19 events this year with a total of 317 participants, many of them thrilled to be first-time anglers.

Note the hats proudly worn in several of the photos…….new this year!

For a detailed summary of the program events for the season, go to the Club web page heading “OUTREACH —> 2018 Summary”.