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  • Writer's pictureRay Sugg

NC Bucket List Part 2

Updated: 2 days ago


Grandfather Mountain and Linn Cove Viaduct from Edgemont Road

Here is my bucket list of NC creeks in counties east of Buncombe. I will start with Yancey County and move generally east. Creeks in bold print are named in NCWRC regulations - there are a lot more of these in this region that I have not fished yet.


Yancey County

Rock Creek (wild) - 6/13/23 (wild browns and rainbows) new creek #1040


Mitchell County

Big Crabtree Creek (BRP)

Shinbone Creek (wild)


McDowell County

Jarrett Creek (wild)


Avery County

Harper Creek (wild)

North Harper Creek (wild)

South Harper Creek (wild)

Elk Hollow Creek (wild)


Burke County

Henry River (wild) - 3/29/23 (wild browns) new creek #1026

Carroll Creek (hatchery supported)

Gingercake Creek (wild)


Watauga County

Laurel Creek (wild) - 5/10/24 (wild browns and rainbows) new creek #1062

South Fork Laurel Creek (wild) - 5/10/24 (specs and wild browns) new creek #1063

North Fork Laurel Creek (wild) - 5/10/24 (specs and wild browns) new creek #1064


Caldwell County

Curtis Creek (wild)

Racket Creek (wild)


Ashe County

Beaver Creek (hatchery supported) - 4/11/23 (wild browns, stockers) new creek #1030

Nathans Creek (hatchery supported) - 4/11/23 (stockers) new creek #1029

Peak Creek (hatchery supported) - 6/18/22 (wild brown, rainbow and brook) new creek #1017


Alleghany County

Big Pine Creek (BRP/hatchery supported) - 5/21/22 (wild browns) new creek #1014

Bledsoe Creek (hatchery supported) - 4/11/23 (wild browns) new creek #1027

Pine Swamp Creek (hatchery supported) - 4/11/23 (wild brown, stockers) new creek #1028

Prathers Creek (hatchery supported) - 5/21/22 (stockers) new creek #1015


Wilkes County

Cove Creek (BRP) - 3/26/22 (wild rainbows) new creek #1007

Middle Prong Roaring River (hatchery supported)

Pike Creek (hatchery supported)

Harris Creek (wild)

Cub Creek (hatchery supported) - 4/8/24 (stockers) new creek #1051


Surry County

Lovills Creek (hatchery supported)

Pauls Creek (hatchery supported)

Big Elkin Creek (hatchery supported)



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Cory ONeal
Cory ONeal
Jan 10, 2023

Hey Ray, Jamie here I met you and your friend walking back to our vehicles after fishing Curtis creek. I fished Newberry creek the following day in a moderate rain all the way to the first split but the trout eluded me. Thank you for the info you place here. It sure helps folks like me. I do my homework believe me but when you are pressed for time and you dont get the chance often you wanna catch some fish and see the beauty God has bestowed on us Really enjoyed everything you've done here.

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akesullivan
Jan 30, 2022

Thanks for sharing, love reading about your adventures. I still remember the day I met you while fishing Johnathan Creek in Maggie Valley!

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