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Old 10-08-18, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default New trophy trout lake in North Carolina

Apalachia Lake in far western part of the state.

Looks like it will be NC's version of Lake Burton.

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Designate Apalachia Reservoir in Cherokee County as Public Mountain Trout Waters and classify as Special Regulation Trout Waters and establish a 3-fish daily creel limit including only one trout greater than 14 inches.
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Old 10-08-18, 03:53 PM   #2
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Close to my cabin too.
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Old 10-08-18, 05:44 PM   #3
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Default Apalachia Lake

Yep, it is considered a trophy trout fishery but it's not easy. You will need a boat - shoreline access is limited, forested to the water line, and very steep. The fish tend to be very large and very deep - as I have heard from our NC wildlife folks - and the trout feed on herring or something similar. No one talks about it very much because yes you can catch a trophy trout but likely not on fly tackle.

On the other hand, I have seen the photos of some of the browns NC wildlife has brought up from the depths while conducting their studies. Let me put it this way, having seen some of those trout I would think twice about swimming in that lake .................
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Old 10-09-18, 10:09 AM   #4
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Apalachia Lake in far western part of the state.

Looks like it will be NC's version of Lake Burton.
Burton couldn’t hold that lakes jockstrap.

It’s not new, rather newish. Been fishing it for a little while now. Topwater browns schooling on herring is fun. We’ve gotten on them a couple of trips during the herring spawn. That’s the only time you’ve really got a shot on the fly.

It’s exceedingly difficult to fish without specialized deep water trolling gear. Not fly friendly except for a couple months of the year. A murderous ramp.

It’s a lake that will humble you very fast. Although if you can figure it out it’s fun. Guys that fish deep clear lakes with point structure for smallies would enjoy this lake.
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You mention a tough ramp? I take it the ramp is steep and difficult to launch or load boat when generation takes place.
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You mention a tough ramp? I take it the ramp is steep and difficult to launch or load boat when generation takes place.
Both, and it does a 90 degree turn on a 10 foot radius.
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Burton couldnít hold that lakes jockstrap.

Itís not new, rather newish. Been fishing it for a little while now. Topwater browns schooling on herring is fun. Weíve gotten on them a couple of trips during the herring spawn. Thatís the only time youíve really got a shot on the fly.

Itís exceedingly difficult to fish without specialized deep water trolling gear. Not fly friendly except for a couple months of the year. A murderous ramp.

Itís a lake that will humble you very fast. Although if you can figure it out itís fun. Guys that fish deep clear lakes with point structure for smallies would enjoy this lake.
It reminds me strongly of the Jocassee fishery on the NC/SC line, albeit one with more favorable temps farther up the water column. Live bait is king.
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What makes it better than Burton?
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Old 10-10-18, 03:38 PM   #9
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What makes it better than Burton?
Elevation and a cold *** release from the dam upstream. Also, it's in BFE, and, as mentioned, has a godawful ramp; it receives minimal fishing pressure.
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Check out dprider02 on Youtube. A Dual sport Biker with a ride to the dam & boat ramp,
Titled Appalachia dam & powerhouse.
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