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WNC towns earn top outdoors honors

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 11/12/2014 8:53:00 AM

“The Tuck flows right through town, and the Appalachian Trail, Nantahala River, Fontana Lake and Tsali singletrack are just a stone’s throw away.” Bryson City wasn’t the only town in Western North Carolina to get some credit. Robbinsville took

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Fishing in Carolinas is good, but will cold weather turn off the bite?

Charlotte Observer

Date: 11/12/2014 8:46:00 AM

Crappie around cover 15-25 feet deep at all three reservoirs. Fontana Lake : Good to excellent for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on the points on jerk baits, spinnerbaits, Bandit Spring Craw lures and shiners. Limit catches reported. Lake Wateree

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Fontana Lake smallmouths

Meridian Star

Date: 11/7/2014 3:02:00 AM

Zooming around hairpin curves and deadly switchbacks on two wheels while viewing spectacular fall foliage one could scarcely believe there was a lake filled with smallmouth bass, trout and all types of game fish anywhere near. I was beginning to doubt

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Carolinas fishing forecast: Lake Norman hybrid bass bite ‘good to excellent’

Charlotte Observer

Date: 11/5/2014 4:46:00 PM

Striped bass at Hickory in the channels of creeks near the dam on live baits. Fontana Lake : Excellent for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass at the points on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and 3-inch Gulp! minnows in a smelt pattern. Lake Wateree

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Northern Indiana Angler Here

The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide

Date: 11/3/2014 11:27:00 AM

I have fished from Southern Michigan all the way down to Vero Beach, FL & my favorite lakes would have to be the Stick Marsh/Farm 13 in Florida & Fontana Lake in North Carolina. My favorite river would be the Tippy in Indiana

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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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