Remember the Chinese proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?" An ideal place to begin this lesson is at a stocked catfish farm. Many pay-to-fish catfish farms around Monroe, North Carolina, not only have stocked ponds, but some also provide gear, have nearby camping accommodations, contain picnic areas and furnish public restrooms. So for a great day of fun, pack your family, a picnic and go fishing.
Robinson Catfish Lake
Robinson Catfish Lake (no website; 5129 Dallas High Shoals Rd, Dallas; 704-922-1150) promises catfish fishing at its best. Robinson provides a family fun atmosphere with prizes for the largest fish caught. Located about 48 miles northwest of Monroe, Robinson Catfish Lake is a great place for a day of fun and fishing. Or, join them for one of their tournaments, such as the all-night father-son tournament or the father-daughter tournament.
Catfish and Carp Country
Catfish and Carp Country (no website; 4881 Old Plank Road, Iron Station; 704-732-1404), located about 40 miles northwest of Monroe, consists of two lakes separated by buoys. One is for carp and the other is for catfish. Dotted around the shores of Catfish Lake, people sit in lawn chairs with their poles in the water waiting for the perfect fish to bite, either to take home or throw back into the lake.
Crab Creek Catfish Pond
At Crab Creek Catfish Pond (no website; 441 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville; 828-778-1712) you can fish for $10 per day. In addition, if you keep your catfish, the fee is $3.00 per pound. There is no license required to fish at Crab Creek, and they allow two active poles per paying person. It is a little over 100 miles from Monroe, but it is worth the drive for a full day of fishing from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Adams Fish Pond
About an hour north of Monroe is Adams Fish Pond (no website; 141 Golden Pond Lane, Mile Marker 256, Taylorsville; 828-632-7149) with a three-acre spring-fed pond stocked with catfish ranging from 4 to 50 pounds. Owned and operated by Bob and Lou Adams, they offer a family-friendly environment with restrooms and picnic areas. They are open for groups of 20 or more by reservation only.
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