Trout streams, rivers, and public fishing lakes abound in the Heart of Appalachia.  There’s quite a variety of sport fish to be found in our waters; largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, musky, sunfish, and several trout species, both wild and stocked, to name a few.  Our pristine waters boast FIVE State Record Catches, numerous special regulation streams, and the world-famous Clinch River.  Add the unparalleled beauty of our landscape, premier outfitters, and expert guides and you won’t have to tell tall tales of the one that got away!  Cast your line and fish to your heart’s content …in the Heart of Appalachia!

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Download a FREE version of our informative, regional fishing brochure.  In this brochure you’ll find a detailed map of the region, the various types of fishing holes and what type of fish you can expect to find there.

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Fishing Waters

  • Powell River Lee & Wise Counties

    From the headwaters in Wise County, the river flows about 80 miles before entering Tennessee. There is limited public access on the Powell so anglers are encouraged to obtain landowner permission when accessing the river from private lands. Offers a variety of good fishing opportunities including smallmouth bass and sunfish.

    Fish Types

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Catfish
    • Redbreast Sunfish
    • Musky
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  • North Fork of the Holston Scott County

    Offers excellent smallmouth bass fishing with an abundance of trophy sized fish. A 20″ inch minimum size limit is in effect for smallmouth bass in the North Fork Holston River downstream to the TN State line.

    Fish Types

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Catfish
    • Sunfish
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  • Dismal Creek Buchanan County

    7.5 miles of put and take trout waters. Paralleled by Dismal River Road (SR 638) which offers a scenic drive and access to the entire stream.

    Fish Types

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
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  • Little Tumbling Creek Tazewell County

    Special Reg. wild brook trout fishery located in the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Mgmt Area. Hike in to headwaters; DGIF road accesses lower 2 miles off Route 91.

    Fish Types

    • Brook Trout
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  • Roaring Fork Tazewell County
    National Forest Waters

    Remote Special Reg. catch and release brook trout waters located in Beartown Wilderness. Hike in stream accessed by FSR 631.

    Fish Types

    • Brook Trout
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  • Pound River Dickenson County
    Below Flannagan Dam

    Special Reg. 16 inch minimum trout waters. This hidden gem is the only tailwater trout fishery in Southwestern Virginia offering trophy sized brown trout.

    Fish Types

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
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  • Big Stony/Mountain Fork Scott & Wise Counties

    Special Reg. catch and release brook trout waters in the Jefferson National Forest. Hike in stream. Parts of Chief Benge Scout Trail parallels stream, offering hiking, birding and wildlife viewing.

    Fish Types

    • Brook Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
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  • Clinch River Farms

    Our farm is an agritourism site and features 70 acres with the Clinch River.  We host groups for nature hikes, petting zoo (special arrangements), playground, river walk, camp site with picnic shelter.  You can take trails for hiking or enjoy lots of fishing.  We have a Big toy, swings, zip line and camp fire.  Tubing on the Clinch is a great activity.   Our farm is partic...

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