Places to fish in North Carolina Mountains | Otter Creek Trout Farm

a father and his daughter fish for trout

Take a family & kid-friendly trip to the North Carolina mountains this summer, near Franklin NC, to experience Otter Creek Trout Farm.  The kids will have a fabulous time pond fishing, learning, and simply watching the beautiful trout at the farm.

welcome sign at otter creek trout farm

Alex and Nicole, owners of Otter Creek, will undoubtably welcome you with open arms.  I had the opportunity visit their unique property last summer, tucked in the scenic Nantahala Mountain range of Macon County.  During my visit, I sat with Alex beside Otter Creek (which borders the entire property, and is available for private fishing outings by appointment), as he told me a bit more about the process of raising NC Mountain Trout. He has some cool stories of how he’s grown his business over the years.  It’s tough work to produce such a beautiful product, which is Rainbow Trout.  Such a peaceful property to visit.  If you close your eyes for a moment, you can almost hear the water splashing by.

The Trout.

From fingerlings, all the way up to 8 lb. monsters, the trout at Otter Creek Trout Farm are a sight to behold.  You can image your kid’s first experience watching a 20+ inch trout as it cruises by, just out of their reach.  How exciting!
Pond Fishing is available to all.  Otter Creek sells their trout by the pound, and it’s keep what you catch. Pond fishing trout average about 1 pound to 1.5 pounds.

It’s tough to beat fresh NC mountain trout, so definitely plan on catching some while at the farm.  Alex will even clean them up for you!  Whether you fry them, bake them or grill them, you can’t go wrong.  If you’ve never cooked trout before, it’s usually best to start simple.
Try this delicious trout recipe, for starters.

The Farm.

While planning your trip to OCTF, call ahead and ask Alex or Nicole to book a farm tour for your family or group.  Trout farming is a very interesting process and I promise that you’ll learn lots!  You might even meet the resident hogs 🙂
Also, be sure to ask Nicole about her herb garden.  Fresh herbs would pair well with your fresh mountain trout… hint, hint!
Have you ever had a goose egg?  Probably not.  I hadn’t either until my trip to OCTF.  I came home with a humongous goose egg… and it was delicious!  I know, random mention, but this IS a farm, ya know?!

Now, start planning your trip to Otter Creek Trout Farm!
Give Alex and Nicole a call:  (828) 321-9810
Or, shoot them an email:
More info about OCTF on Stay And Play In The Smokies

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