Beyond national parks, beer, and hospitality, add mountain trout to Western North Carolina’s billion-dollar industries. A recent economic report by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reveals that trout, along with the anglers pursuing them, contribute over $1.38 billion to the state’s economy.

The previous economic report, published in 2015, forecasted a $383 million impact from anglers in the region. The 2022 statistic reveals a remarkable 260% increase over the seven-year period.

Interested in reading more? Check out the full release from Asheville Citizen Times by clicking HERE. 

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