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10/30/2014
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Carolinas fishing forecast: Murrells Inlet hot for spots, speckled trout

Charlotte Observer

Date: 10/29/2014 2:55:00 PM

Striped bass at the mouths of creeks at Hickory, and below the dam at the Highway 127 bridge, on shiners. Fontana Lake : Good for bass – largemouth, spotted and smallmouth – at the points on 3-inch Gulp! minnow lures. They also are being caught near

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Terms of Smoky-Evergreen settlement takes in land, cash and former director

Sylva Herald

Date: 10/24/2014 12:15:00 PM

This means the seven counties won’t watch the money, property and associated rent absorbed into the huge territory the agency now oversees, like a raindrop falling into Fontana Lake. Smoky currently serves 23 counties and soon could have 35. The agency

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The early bird doesn't always get the worm

The Dispatch

Date: 10/23/2014 8:47:00 PM

Last week, a flock of outdoor writers descended upon Fontana Lake Resort in celebration of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association's 50th anniversary. Their return to their roots not only gave them a historic appreciation of the organization's

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Carolinas fishing forecast: ‘Wide open’ from Georgetown through Hilton Head

Charlotte Observer

Date: 10/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

Improving almost daily for crappie at Rhodhiss and Hickory. Fontana Lake : Good for bass – largemouth, spotted and smallmouth – just off the shoreline of main lake points on crankbaits, jerk baits, shiners, skirted spinnerbaits and topwater lures

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Driftwood Outdoors: A great chance to bond

News Tribune

Date: 10/18/2014 11:18:00 PM

The lodge and cabins are rustic yet elegant. The people, food and amenities are all outstanding. With Fontana Lake, Hazel Creek and countless other small creeks around, the area is flush with fishing opportunities. It’s definitely a place to return to

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• Surface Area: 4,480 Acres
• Shoreline: 238 Miles
• Volume: 513,965 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 135 Feet
Fontana Lake is a reservoir impounded by Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River located in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest. Depending on water levels, the lake is about 17 miles long. The eastern end is the Tuckasegee River near Bryson City. The lake has many inlets into coves and many islands formed from former mountain peaks, especially near the eastern end. As with most dam-impounded lakes, the steep banks are exposed when water levels are low. Many towns were submerged shortly after the creation of Fontana Lake, such as Proctor and Judson.
Short of a multi-day hike, Fontana Lake provides the only access into the most remote areas of the National Park. When the lake is at the normal summer level, a boat may be used to access remote trailheads such as Hazel Creek. From the observation tower on Clingmans Dome, on a clear day the lake can be seen nearly a mile below. While the maximum controlled elevation of the lake (top of dam gates) is 1,710, the normal Summer surface elevation is 1,703 ft. NC 28 roughly parallels the southern shore of the lake and US 19 between Bryson City and Wesser/Lauada briefly skims an inlet at the extreme southeastern edge.
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