Crank baits in a crawdad pattern are always a staple, and jointed Rapala and stick baits are always a good bet in the warm seasons. There is also bank access between the canoe launch and the pier. So, the fishing throughout this section is excellent. My son and I had a great day out with Rob.

Watch out for the teeth when landing a walleye. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the Appalachians, the French broad river provides some of the greatest smallmouth bass fishing and Muskie fishing in north … They heard every word. These fish usually tend to group up and chase bait around in bigger holes. Two handi-capped parking spaces are provided. Our high water cut off for float trips and rental boating equipment is 3,000 CFS. He was knowledgeable, pleasant and very patient with my son who did not have a lot of experience with fishing from the raft.

The best take-out for a trip that started in Hot Springs is at Murray Branch. Its hard being the bearer of bad news, but it is bad out there! If you scroll down and look underneath the first chart, you will see a highlighted box with the most recent reading of the French Broad River level, measured in CFS (cubic feet per second).

French Broad River (French Broad River Park) Anglers can fish from the bank, wade in certain areas and float other sections of the river.

You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (function(d){ 1312 to confluence with North Fork French Broad) Wild Trout Waters. Middle Fork French Broad River (upstream U.S. 178 bridge to French Broad River) West Fork French Broad River (S.R. Will be back soon for some more great times. In the 1970s, the NC Wildlife Commission put smallmouth bass and some fingerling muskies into the French Broad River. Hot Springs, North Carolina is well known for its naturally warm healing waters, the rugged scenery and the Appalachian Trail, the many hiking trails in the area and wonderful fine dining. Some Walleye are beginning to migrate from Douglas Lake, too. With wild brown trout being some of the smaller fish in the river system, they are just as fun to catch. HookandBullet.com, a Montlake Media brand. Favorite Lake or River.

Musky are not out of the question in this stretch of river, and more than one tourist has been surprised when casually fishing from the bank on section 10 and hooking up the fish of a lifetime. However, don’t take the first rapid in front of the Hot Springs Spa too lightly. An email address is required to associate with your Fishidy premium subscription. The striper population is on the rebound. Smallmouth Bass with a Strike King Bitsy Tubejig. The French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world (behind the Nile and the New River) runs the entire length of Madison County from the Buncombe County line to the Tennessee border.

Section 9 of the French Broad is the water from Marshall to Hot Springs.

The French Broad River flows out of western north Carolina for 213 miles winding through downtown Asheville along the way and eventually into east Tennessee into the Holston river.

A stiff 7′ graphite rod and spinning reel loaded with fresh 10 pound monofilament is a good idea for fishing these big strong fish in the big waters of the French Broad.