Fishing Areas Nearby

Fishing Area Lakes Within a Day’s Trip of Connestee Falls

Cascade Lake – http://www.cascadelakerecreationarea.com/

Private, approximately half-hour drive, near Dupont State Forest. Access through private campground (seasonal, call 828-877-4475). $15 to use boat ramp. 12 HP max. NC fishing license required. Trout and bass.

Lake Lure – http://www.lake-lure.com

Private, 736 acres, 27-mile shoreline located in the Hickory Nut Gorge, by town of Lake Lure, approximately 1 1/2-hour drive. Highly restricted with expensive permit fees. NC fishing license required. Guide recommended (Dan Grapes, cell: 828-243-5481). Large and smallmouth bass.

Lake Glenville – http://www.highlandsinfo.com/daytrips/lakeglenville.htm

Also known as Thorpe Lake, 1,470 acres, 26 miles of scenic shoreline with numerous waterfalls, located in Jackson County outside of Cashiers, approximately 1 1/4-hour drive. NC fishing license required. Large and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream and lake trout.

Wolf Creek Lake – http://www.stayandplayinthesmokies.com/vendor/wolf-creek-lake/

Hatchery-supported, 183 acres, 7-mile shoreline, located in Jackson County, approximately 1 1/4- hour drive. Comprehensive NC fishing license required. Smallmouth, largemouth, and rock bass, trout.

Bear Creek Lake – http://www.jimporter.org/lakes/ncarolina/bearcreek/

Hatchery supported, scenic, 476 acres, 14- mile shoreline, located in Jackson County, approximately 1 1/2-hour drive. Comprehensive NC fishing license required. Small and largemouth bass, trout.

Cedar Cliff Lake – http://www.jimporter.org/lakes/ncarolina/cedarcliff/

121 acres, 5-mile shoreline, in Jackson County, approximately 1 1/4-hour drive. NC fishing license required. Small and largemouth bass, trout.

Lake Jocasse – http://www.lakejocassee.com/

A large, 7,565-acre, 75-mile shoreline lake, located in Oconee County, SC. Approximately 1-hour drive to launch at Devil’s Fork State Park. SC fishing license required (may be obtained on-line at www.sc.gov/fish/pricing, or call 803-734-3833). Holds SC state records for smallmouth, spotted, and redeye bass, as well as brown and rainbow trout.

Lake Keowee – http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/keoweetoxaway/introduction.aspx

A large lake located in Pickens County, SC, approximately 1 1/4-hour drive to launch at Mile Creek Park. SC fishing license required (may be obtained on-line at www.sc.gov/fish/pricing, or call 803-734-3833). Small and largemouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, holds SC record for yellow perch.