Hosted by: Tom Schrodt
The West Fork of the Pigeon River is heavily stocked with bows, browns and brookies and has a fair population of natural browns. Fishing during this delayed harvest period is by single hook artificials only. The 3 mile long, 30 foot wide stream has over a dozen access sites and ample parking. The stream is filled with lots of riffles and moderately deep runs and pools some holding bows up to 20 inches. This is one of the finer and more beautiful streams to fish in western NC. Catching 30 fish a day is common during this spring period. Ten day non-resident basic and trout privilege licenses can be obtained online from the NC Dept. of F&W for $31. Good overnight accommodations (singles for $69) can be obtained at the Oak Park Inn, 196 S. Main Street in Waynesville, 28786. For reservations call 828-456-5328 or via their web site: oakparkinn-waynesville.com. As an alternative, camping at $15/night is available at the Sunburst Campground on NC 215 adjacent to the stream. Reservations at 1-877-444-6777. For those wishing to stay an extra day we can fish a C&R section of the Tuckasegee near Sylva, NC if the water release is favorable.
Traveling east on I-40 in North Carolina take exit 20 onto NC 276 towards Waynesville/Maggie Valley. Stay on NC 276 for about 6 miles all the way into Waynesville. In Waynesville NC 276 and Main Street are the same. Just 225 yards beyond where NC 276 turns left continue straight on S. Main Street and on your right see a sign for the Oak Park Inn. To reach the West Fork of the Pigeon River take NC 276 out of Waynesville and drive 6.2 miles to the hamlet of Bethel. At Bethel's only stop light turn right onto NC 216 and drive 6.7 miles to the head waters of Lake Logan. After crossing head water bridge veer left and drive 0.8 miles and take a steep left turn onto the gravel road and down to a huge parking area. We will meetup there. Driving time is about 5 hours from Lexington to Waynesville and 20 minutes more to the stream.