Fishing at Laughter Pond - First Peak of the Blue Ridge

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Fishing at Laughter Pond

Laughter Pond, accessed through the Polk County Recreation Complex at Polk County Middle School, is stocked with catfish. Laughter Pond is a county owned pond open to public fishing. It has a fishing pier. The pond is stocked by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission each year between April and October. See the stocking schedule below.Laughter pier

Stocking Schedule

Laughter Pond generally receives several thousand channel catfish each year. Each stocking event takes place the first week of every month between May and October, with about 700 fish each time. The target size for those fish is 8-12 inches.

There is an automatic feeder at the pond that currently runs twice per day, at 9am and 7pm.


A fishing license is required to fish at the pond. They can be purchased at McGuinn's in Sunny View, Tim Edwards Landscaping in Mill Spring, Pace General Store in Saluda, Silver Creek Campground, and Foothills Gun Gallery in Columbus.

How much does a fishing license cost? Click here for the rates per the NC Wildlife Commission. Read More Below
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Laughter Pond, accessed through the Polk County Recreation Complex at Polk County Middle School, is stocked with catfish. There are no size restrictions on catfish and the daily limit is six catfish per licensed person. For further details, consult the Regulations Digest for North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping.

For local hunting or fishing license resources visit https://firstpeaknc.com/businesses/hunting-fishing-license-resources/

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