Catawba River Fishing (Morganton): The tailrace below Lake James flows east to the Atlantic Ocean and is the only Special Regulated Trout Waters in NC which requires a special trout fishing license. The Catawba River in Burke County offers universally accessible piers, canoe, and shoreline access for fishing. Expect to have your rod bending on brown trout, striped bass, yellow perch, and sunfish. Grab your waders, canoe or kayak and venture out to the tranquility of the Morganton area. We recommend linking up with a local guide for more info. View options for Catawba River Fishing Guides at the Burke County website.