*. Access is a major issue with this tailrace since most of the shoreline is privately owned and posted against trespassing. * The Catawba Angler provides transportation, fishing gear, drinks and snacks on all float trips. If you are looking to catch a “trophy” brown trout, the tailrace will be your best bet. About the Lake James Tailrace, Bridgewater: Are you ready for some…… Delayed Harvest fishin??? The French Broad River is considered the third oldest river in the world, and one of the best smallmouth rivers in the Southeast. WCO Notes about access.. Lake James is a large reservoir in the mountains of Western North Carolina which straddles the border between Burke and McDowell Counties. Followers 534 Catches 42 Spots 3. The meeting of the North Toe River and Cane River forms the Nolichucky River near the small community of Huntdale, North Carolina. The Catawba River tailrace below Lake James is about an hour from Charlotte and is an incredible brown trout fishery. The new turbines that provide a minimum flow also provides much needed dissolved oxygen for the fish. Bridgewater Hydro Station has two generating units. Catching a 2-pound smallmouth bass on a fly rod or light tackle is something every angler should experience in their lifetime. Dec 27, 2017 - Catawba River (Morganton Greenway) ... Lake James. © 2020 Fishidy. Details: Yellow Perch with a pink spinner. Guiding clients on this river is not something we do in our spare time or when we are not busy at our other job this is our life. The Catawba Tailrace is home to some very large brown trout. This is the state's only Special Regulation Trout Stream, anglers are allowed to… Morganton can be found in the great state of North Carolina. Lake James is a 6,528 acre reservoir located in Burke County, North Carolina. About the Lake James Tailrace, Bridgewater: Brush has been cleared from an area of shoreline, and a universally accessible, wooden pier accesses the Catawba River tailrace of Lake James. Lake James has 150 miles... About the Lake James Tailrace, Bridgewater: B. This reservoir is created by three dams on the Catawba, Linville, and Paddy Creeks that were completed in 1923. This is an excellent float to target smallmouth bass on topwater lures or flies during the hot summer months. This section... Sign in to your account to find other friends and anglers who are using Fishidy. Caution: Do not enter the tailrace section directly below hydroelectric stations. Brush has been cleared from an area of shoreline, and a universally accessible, wooden pier accesses the Catawba River tailrace of Lake James. SR 1223 below lake james power house to … Turbines at the powerhouse provide essential oxygen and minimum water flows to the trout downstream which keeps them healthy. 3 Green River 10 North Fork Catawba River 17 South Toe River 24 Dan River 31 Roaring River 4 Catawba River 11 Upper Creek/Warrior Fork 18 Cheoah River 25 Watauga River 32 Stony Fork 5 Henry Fork River 12 Wilson Creek 19 Little Tennessee River 26 Elk Creek 33 Yadkin River Please remember to stay 300 feet away from the upstream and downstream sides of the dam and powerhouse. Delayed Harvest is here – stocking this week! Access is very limited for the wade fisherman, the first 1/4 mile or so below the dam is managed as Hatchery Supported Trout Waters (dam to Muddy Creek), from Muddy Creek to the Morganton Water Intake is managed as Special Regulation Trout Waters.