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

 

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.

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. Large and smallmouth bass.

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.

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.

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.

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). Holds SC state records for smallmouth, spotted, and redeye bass, as well as brown and rainbow trout.

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). Small and largemouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, holds SC record for yellow perch.

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