Fishing Sampler for the Eastern TRV

Are you looking for an angling adventure? Well, we have just the trip to help you experience all that this region has to offer. We have laid out several days that could be experienced individually or all together.

We are sharing opportunities to fish: the dams and their tailwaters; the creeks and streams flowing out of our foothills; and the reservoirs, or lakes, offering "two-story" fisheries with stratified waters in the summer months. You have the chance to experience fly, reel, even kayak fishing...the options are wide open!

In addition, we are also sharing a few places to stay, to eat, and attractions not to miss... plus a few guides and outfitters to help make your experience top notch!

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Day 1

TVA Watauga Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Watauga Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
The highest reservoir in the Tennessee River Valley and one of the most spectacular vistas, the tailwaters of the Watauga have gained regional and even national prominence for their quality. Check here for TVA release times: https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Watauga

Watauga Reservoir is near Elizabethton in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir extends 16 miles east from Watauga Dam towards the North Carolina border. At more than 1,900 feet above sea level, Watauga holds the distinction of being the highest…

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TVA South Holston Dam and Reservoir
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TVA South Holston Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
The South Holston River is considered one of the crown jewels of East Tennessee. Both naturally occurring brown trout and stocked, well-established trout fisheries make the tailgaters below the dam a must. Check TVA's release schedule here: https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/South-Holston

South Holston Reservoir is on the South Fork Holston River in northeastern Tennessee and extends 24 miles east into Virginia. It is one of several of TVA reservoirs that cross state lines. The Cherokee National Forest surrounds over half of the…

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South Holston Tailwater Trails
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South Holston Tailwater Trails
Outdoor Adventures | Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Consider a hike along "old fishing" trails to get out to a nice quite spot.

Most of the South Holston Tailwater Trails started out being foot paths made by anglers seeking water access to fish in the trout-rich tailwaters. The footpaths were improved and are now trails that are well used not only by anglers but also by…

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Watauga Lake Winery
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Watauga Lake Winery
Food or Drink | Winery or Winery Tasting Room
In case you like wine with your fish.

Watauga Lake Winery is located in Johnson County, TN. Johnson County and Carter County, Tennessee is included in the American Viticulture Area known as the "Appalachian High Country" AVA. This designation indicates a specific geographical area a…

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Iron Mountain Inn
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Iron Mountain Inn
Accommodation | Bed and Breakfast
Prepare to be pampered! Breakfast included.

Mountaintop luxury B&B with "WOW" views surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest.  Secluded and private on 141 acres, yet within 45 minutes of activities for the entire family.

Hike on the property or sections of the Appalachian Trail

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Day 2

TVA Douglas Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Douglas Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Nourished by three rivers, Douglas Lake is the premier crappie lake in East Tennessee. Other good fishing includes white bass, sauger, black crappie, striped bass, spotted bass, walleye, blue cat, flat head catfish, channel catfish, red horse, red breast sunfish and bluegill.

Douglas Dam is on the French Broad River in east Tennessee. The reservoir extends 43 miles upriver from the dam through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Douglas Reservoir is a popular recreation destination, known for picnicking, camping,…

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Smokies Angling Adventures Guide Service
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Smokies Angling Adventures Guide Service
Outdoor Adventures | Guide or Outfitter
If you want to get out on the water and fully explore Douglas Lake, then here's the best way to do it!

Smokies Angling Adventures is a full time guide service offering guided fishing trips year round with professional licensed guides in the Smoky Mountain Region of East Tennessee with over 25 years local experience which allows us to provide our…

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Dandridge Dike
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Dandridge Dike
Outdoor Adventures | Scenic Viewpoint
A great vantage point to take in the historic Downtown Dandridge that it saved or look out on Douglas Lake.

The Dike that saved Dandridge is the unusual backdrop to this historic downtown district.  In early 1940’s, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) constructed a dam on the French Broad River forming DouglasLake.  Its purpose was top secret since it…

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Berry Springs Lodge
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Berry Springs Lodge
Accommodation | Bed and Breakfast
Fish their bass or catfish ponds while you take in the breathtaking views of rolling hills.

This new generation of Resort Bed and Breakfast  was built to take advantage of the rustic charm of a bed and breakfast but with all the luxury modern conveniences of a newly built resort.   For example, hot tubs and private balconies are…

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Day 3

Clinch River
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Clinch River
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
The Clinch River supports populations of sport fish like smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass, sunfish, crappie, walleye, musky, freshwater drum, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. As well, sauger can be found, and largemouth, white, and striped bass are also encountered in low numbers.

Many experienced anglers who have fished the premier trout waters of the United States consider the Clinch River tailwater to be one of the finest trout fisheries in the country.  Flowing from Norris Dam, 13 miles to Clinton, the Clinch River is…

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Melton Hill Lake & Reservoir
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Melton Hill Lake & Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Spend a couple hours fishing from a kayak on this tranquil lake.

The serenity of Melton Hill Lake, which touches Oak Ridge on two sides, is the ultimate haven for visitors who can't resist the water. With 173 miles of shoreline, Melton Hill Lake is a popular attraction for boating, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding,…

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Adventures Outdoors Kayak & Bike Rentals
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Adventures Outdoors Kayak & Bike Rentals
Outdoor Adventures | Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
Rent a kayak or a pontoon paddleboat to get out on the water on your own.

Oak Ridge Melton Lake Park is a kayaking mecca.  The flat water is perfect for beginners and professionals alike.  You can explore the many beautiful islands and inlets that are abundant in birds and wildlife.  The park is situated along the…

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Whitestone Country Inn
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Whitestone Country Inn
Accommodation | Bed and Breakfast
Sitting lakeside, there is 7,000 feet of shoreline to explore.

Discover the magic of a refined country inn at Whitestone! Located near Kingston, TN on Watts Bar Lake, the 600-acre property includes a luxurious AAA 4-Diamond Bed and Breakfast, Restaurant, Day Spa, Wedding Chapel and Conference Facilities.

 

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Day 4

Tellico River Fishing Areas
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Tellico River Fishing Areas
Outdoor Adventures | Fishing Area
Spring is a highly recommended time to fish this area. Citico Creek is a tranquil place for wading in to fly fishing for the wild trout. Weekends will see these waterways rather busy, so try to plan your visit for a weekday. Don't forget to purchase the additional trout permitting required for Tellico/Citico Creek area.

Nationally recognized as a premier trout stream, the Tellico River in Monroe County, Tennessee, is a freestone stream located within the heart of The Cherokee National Forest. Its headwaters begin in North Carolina and flow for almost twenty…

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Tellico Trout Hatchery
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Tellico Trout Hatchery
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
Make plans to stop in and visit if you have time.

Tellico Hatchery was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), between 1930 and 1941.  It included six 25-foot circular pools and for many years was known as the Pheasant Branch Rearing Pools, because its water supply came…

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Bald River Falls
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Bald River Falls
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
A year-round beauty that you won't want to miss.

The Bald River is a major tributary of the Tellico River located in the southern district of the Cherokee National Forest. The Bald River empties into the Tellico River and cascades over rocks forming a large waterfall, Bald River Falls,  …

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Day 5

Goforth Creek
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Goforth Creek
Natural Area | National Forest

Goforth Creek in the Cherokee National Forest is a beautiful clear freshwater stream that bubbles out the side of the Southern Appalachian mountains and runs through several miles of pristine forest before emptying into the Ocoee River in Polk County,…

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Conasauga River
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Conasauga River
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary

View tropical colored fish in the crystal clear waters of the Conasauga River. A snorkel, mask, flotation device, and water shoes are all that are needed to come face to face with colorful Coosa darters, schools of freshwater drum, and thousands…

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Ocoee Winery
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Ocoee Winery
Food or Drink | Winery or Winery Tasting Room

Welcome to Ocoee Winery! We have a numerous array of wines and wine accessories. We also have some fabulous snacks to have along with wines. Come by the store now and visit our fabulous tasting room!

 

 

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Ocoee Mist Farm Bed and Breakfast
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Ocoee Mist Farm Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation | Bed and Breakfast
Not far from the Hiwassee River, if you wanted to get a little more fishing in.

Perfect oasis for animal lovers to rest after rafting the Ocoee River, fishing on the Hiwassee river and hiking in the Cherokee National forest. Relax on the porch of the guest house. Stroll around the farm and visit with the camels and llamas. …

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Day 6

Museum Center at 5ive Points
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Museum Center at 5ive Points
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
On your way to Chattanooga, consider a stop here. Learn about the history of this land, and pick up a few locally crafted souvenirs.

At the Museum Center at 5ive Points visitors experience Southern Appalachian regional history dating from Cherokee history up to today in an exciting, interactive exhibit called the River of Time. Changing exhibits are also held…

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TVA Chickamauga Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Chickamauga Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sauger and bluegill are what you can expect on this reservoir.

Chickamauga Dam was built in 1940 on the Tennessee River just north of Chattanooga. The reservoir is named after a tribe of Native Americans that broke away from the Cherokee Nation in the 1700s. They lived in villages along North Chickamauga Creek,…

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Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.
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Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.
Outdoor Adventures | Guide or Outfitter
Make time to explore Chickamauga Lake with Capt. Simms, journalist, author and expert.

In business since 2006, Scenic City Fishing Charters is based in Chattanooga, Tenn. Owner/guide Capt. Richard Simms fishes for a variety of species, but…

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In This Trip Plan

1 TVA Watauga Dam and Reservoir
2 TVA South Holston Dam and Reservoir
3 South Holston Tailwater Trails
4 Watauga Lake Winery
5 Iron Mountain Inn
6 TVA Douglas Dam and Reservoir
7 Smokies Angling Adventures Guide Service
8 Dandridge Dike
9 Berry Springs Lodge
10 Clinch River
11 Melton Hill Lake & Reservoir
12 Adventures Outdoors Kayak & Bike Rentals
13 Whitestone Country Inn
14 Tellico River Fishing Areas
15 Tellico Trout Hatchery
16 Bald River Falls
17 Goforth Creek
18 Conasauga River
19 Ocoee Winery
20 Ocoee Mist Farm Bed and Breakfast
21 Museum Center at 5ive Points
22 TVA Chickamauga Dam and Reservoir
23 Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.

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