Hooked on Beech waters!

Trout anglers have multiple options on Beech Mountain. Our town has two lakes, as well as a handful of mountain streams. Two of those streams – Buckeye Creek and Pond Creek – are part of the High Country Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Trail.

Buckeye Creek is a hatchery-supported stream (open first Saturday in April through last day of February). It has some nice pools and riffles as it flows out of Buckeye Lake and, further downstream, several good fishing areas below a waterfall. It is stocked annually with brown, rainbow and brook trout.

Pond Creek is designated catch-and-release single hook artificial lures only by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Pond Creek has a longer stretch of available water than Buckeye Creek and it’s inhabited by native brook trout.

Other options on Beech Mountain are Lake Coffey and Buckeye Lake, two small lakes stocked annually by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Lake Coffey is designated as delayed harvest trout waters, while Buckeye Lake is designated hatchery supported. Both receive a large annual infusion of brown, rainbow and brook trout. Anglers need a regular North Carolina inland license to fish in those lakes.

Fishing licenses are required for anyone over the age of 16 and are available for purchase on Beech Mountain at Fred’s General Mercantile Store. Fishing equipment and bait may be purchased there also.

For those over 16 who prefer not to purchase a one-year license from the state, you can opt for a three-day Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license for just $5, but it can only be used to fish in Buckeye Creek and Pond Creek.

General Information

The Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department has additional fishing info available by clicking here.

To request a free guide to the High Country Mountain Heritage Trout Water Trail, call 828-387-9283 or request via email by filling out the form below.

To purchase a three-day Mountain Heritage Trout Water license for just $5, call 888-248-6834 or click here.

To download a PDF of the above trout waters map of Beech Mountain, click here.