Fishing on Beech

It is said thatA bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” At the Buckeye Recreation Center we have all the necessary equipment to get you started on a pleasant day of fishing.  Throw a line in from our shady banks near the lake or along our streams, and you just might catch a trout, catfish or bream from our stocked lakes and streams. Another perfect way to enjoy our beautiful backyard.

Through a partnership between the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Beech Mountain, trout fishing opportunities are provided at Buckeye Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Lake Coffey, and Pond Creek.  Regulations are posted on site, but here’s a brief description of each.

Buckeye Reservoir is managed as a Hatchery Supported Trout Water, and is stocked with trout in March, April, May, June, and July.  The lake also receives an annual stocking of channel catfish, and contains sunfish.

There is no closed season.

No bait restrictions or minimum length limit for trout, with a 7 trout per day creel limit

Buckeye Creek (portion between the dam and Grassy Gap Creek) is managed as a Hatchery Supported Trout Water, and is stocked with trout in March, April, and May.

No fishing allowed from March 1 until 7:00 a.m. on the first Saturday in April

No bait restrictions or minimum length limit for trout, with a 7 trout per day creel limit

Lake Coffey is managed as a Delayed Harvest Trout water, and is stocked with trout in October, November, March, April, May, and June.  The lake also contains largemouth bass and sunfish.

October 1 to first Saturday in June no trout may be harvested or possessed, only artificial lures having one single hook may be used.

At 6:00 a.m. on the first Saturday in June these waters open to fishing for youths under 16 years old under Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations (no bait restrictions or minimum length limit for trout, with a 7 trout per day creel limit)

At 12:00 p.m. on the first Saturday in June these waters open for all anglers under Hatchery Supported Trout Waters regulations (no bait restrictions or minimum length limit for trout, with a 7 trout per day creel limit).

Pond Creek (headwaters to Locust Ridge Road bridge) is managed as a Catch and Release Artificial Lure Only Trout Water.  It contains wild Brook Trout and is not stocked.

No closed season and no trout may be harvested or possessed.

Only artificial lures having one single hook may be used while fishing, and it is unlawful to possess natural bait

Helpful Links

Visit the NC Wildlife Resource Commission website for additional information, to purchase a license, etc. www.ncwildlife.org

For additional trout fishing information, be sure and visit the Trout Fishing Page: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Fish/Trout/TroutFishing.aspx

For additional fishing opportunities for trout and other fish in the area, check out the NC Fishing Access Map: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/WheretoFish.aspx