: Western North Carolina Walleyes

01-27-2004, 05:17 PM
What can anyone share about walleye fishing in the North Carolina area west and/or north Asheville, NC?

Heard that Fontana Lake is a possibility - but totally ignorant if that is "Chamber" talk or a reality.

Any light you can shed on the subject would be greatly appreciated.


01-27-2004, 07:34 PM
My parents, and siblings all live in Raliegh NC and I go back there about twice a year. Fontana is supposed to have a nice population of eye's and smallmouths, but I haven't fished it. I have looked into alot of the lakes in that area and Fontana is always the one mentioned for walleyes. Gaston and Kerr on the Virginia, NC border may have a few also?

Virginia has about a half dozen walleye fisheries. Smith Mountain in southern Virginia has Walleye's, smallies and Stripers. I spent a week at Smith Mountain last summer and caught a bunch of nice smallmouths, white bass and one striper, but no walleye's. I am going back this summer.

01-27-2004, 08:32 PM
hate referring you to another board........but..you may want to try www.fishin.com and try the Tennesee message board. I've seen posts on Fontana walleye there before. another one you might try is http://lithosjigs.com/msgboard.mv it's more of a striper board but Andrew runs it and he's a good guy. Seems more southern oriented and may be a few guys there with info on Fontana Lake. It's supposed to be a beautiful lake, nestled in the southeastern side of the smokies. it's where the movie "nell" with jodie foster was filmed.
A few more links to Fontana Lake-http://www.main.nc.us/graham/fontanad.html


I hope to visit Fontana lake one of these days!
hope this helps.

01-31-2004, 10:11 AM
Thanks for the posts! We are following up on your suggestions - area chambers lists a Lake Watauga on the Tennessee side as a possiblity, also for walleyes.

I've emailed Andrew as was suggested and he is following up also.

Have either of you been in the area for a visit in the summer? Curious about the weather, especially the humidity?? I think Asheville can be high, but I gather not so up in the mountains. Is this Chamber-talk or a reality?

It amazes me the wealth of information this board provides at the end of our fingertips! Thanks to all who caringly participate.

01-31-2004, 05:28 PM
I personally have not been to Fontana, although it is high on my list of places to visit. I'm sure as high up in mountains as it is, that it should not be too unpleasant in the summer. Check out Holston lake too...it's near Watuga in TN.

02-03-2004, 08:20 PM
You might also try Santeelah Reservoir near Robbinsville, NC which is out near Fontana. There was a nice article in the Tennessee Valley Outdoors newpaper/magazine about two years ago that described the good walleye fishing on the reservoir in January and February with jigging raps in deep water (45-70 ft). Here is a link to some information about the reservoir.
http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nfnc_fishing/santeetlah_reservoir.htm You might be able to find the article on the TVO site under archived articles, but I think they have removed it. Good luck !

02-03-2004, 08:32 PM
Sorry...spelling is actually Santeetlah....here is a link to a map of the lake.

02-06-2004, 08:16 PM
Thanks for the help everyone - I'll keep checking out your suggestions - looking like a nice area.