Fishing on Citico Creek

Located in the Cherokee National Forest, Citico Creek is fed by north and south forks flowing from the Unicoi Mountains. The Cherohala Skyway makes up the southern boundary of the Citico Creek Wilderness watershed. While the creek contains some wild trout in its uppermost locations, It is well stocked by Tennessee Wildlife Agency regularly from Little Citico Creek to the Citico Creek Wilderness boundary.

The stream can be fished year round.

Species: Brown and Rainbow (wild and stocked)

Other fish include small mouth bass and catfish.




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Latitude: 35.473942 Longitude: -84.120188 Elevation: 965 ft
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Rules and Regulations for Fishing Area

TWRA regulations require a basic fishing license plus trout sticker.  Sloan's in Vonore or the local Walmart in Madisonville or Sweetwater sell fishing licenses or can be purchased online. 


Hints and Tips for Fishing this Area

The creek has an abundance of rock pools and overhanging tree branches.  Be prepared for slick rocks.  Weekends can be busy. 


Best Access and Parking Areas

Warden Fields trailhead has a parking area.  Hike to the junction of Warden Fields and Pine Ridge Trail to fish along the bridge area.   . 

Eco-Friendly Notes

This is a free running river.  Please Leave No Trace..

Pet Friendly Notes

All hiking areas are open to pets.  Please respect other fishermen in the area and wildlife by controlling your pet.

Hwo to Get There

Two options:  From Tellico Plains take State Highway 165,(the Cherohala Skyway), to Indian Boundary Road to the southwestern corner of the wilderness, at Warden Fields on Citico Creek.

2) In Vonore, TN from Hwy 411 take Hwy 360 and continue to Citico Road.  Follow Citico Road (do not turn onto any other roads) and continue approximately 30 miles to the fishing areas on Citico Creek


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Steve (the Old Man from Crossville), 8/8/2019

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