The Tuckaseegee or “Tuck” is the largest river in the Highlands-Cashiers area. This is a dam-controlled river with power generation dams located on the east and west forks of the river upstream of the “delayed harvest” section. From October 1 until June 1, the 6-mile section from Western Carolina University to Highway 441 in Dillsboro is super stocked with large hatchery fish. During this period the regulations are catch and release only. During early Spring, 30 to 40 fish days are not unusual. From June 1 to October 1, normal general trout water regulations prevail allowing anglers to keep seven fish of any size. Use caution as water levels may change at any time. For flow schedules, call Nantahala Power Company-Tuckaseegee Flow at (866) 332-5253.
Directions: From Highlands, take Highway 64 west toward Franklin for 18 miles. Turn right on 441 north to bridge over Tuckaseegee at Dillsboro. Take the first right past the bridge on River Road.