Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mountain Stream Fishing

MidlandsOutdoors is visiting the cold water streams of Western North Carolina and my nephew joined me as we got out to do some fishing in Cane Creek, a Mountain Heritage and Blue Water Trout Stream that flows through the little hamlet of Bakersville. A few inches of rain that fell last night brought the water level up a little higher than normal and clouded the water. This didn't keep the fish from biting, but those that bit were all very small. Small rainbows, sucker fish, and a few "redeye" bass were landed during our outing.

Bakersville, NC is known as the Gateway to Roan Mountain, and home to the annual Rhododendrun Festival as well as the yearly Troutacular Trout Festival. For more information visit

PhotoByBrianCope: My nephew Joe, of Lake City, shows off a small rock bass, also-known-as a redeye bass, caught in Cane Creek. These fish only live in cold water rivers and streams and are similar in size and appearance to a warmouth bream, a popular panfish in the midlands. Click on the photo for a close up to see the obvious reason they are called redeye bass.

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