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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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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  • Outdoor Adventure Centers

    Whether it's kayaking, playing, relaxing, hiking, caving, exploring, fishing, or just making memories, let us help you with your next adventure. The OAC was formed to connect Adventurers to every possible outdoor experience available by promoting site specific Vendors,Lodging and Locations. This is some of our services: Fish or Play Kayak Rental - We have several kayak options from half day ...

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  • Clinch Life Outfitters, Inc.

    Clinch Life Outfitters, Inc. established in October 2016, serves as the leader in the outdoor recreation industry in the Clinch River Valley, specifically the region of The Clinch - future home of the Clinch River State Park.Clinch Life Outfitters provides the products, services and support for a wide range of outdoor recreational activities including kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing and ATVing....

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  • Little Stony National Recreation Trail Scott County

    Little Stony National Recreation Trail is located between Coeburn and Dungannon on a narrow guage railroad bed that was constructed in the early 1900s for logging. The 2.8 mile trail follows the stream through a 400 foot deep and 1,700 foot wide gorge. There are also two waterfalls 8 and 24 ft high. You can also see the large rock outcrop at the Hanging Rock Picnic Area. It is classified as being ...

    Fish Types

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
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  • Bark Camp Recreation Area Scott County

    The camp offers 25 camping units with tent pad, picnic table and parking spur near 60 acre warm water lake which provides opportunities for fishing and boating (electric motors only). Paved boat launching ramp, hiking trails and picnic units with tables and grills are also features of the site. The lake was constructed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and is stocked with nor...

    Fish Types

    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
    • Trout
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  • Bark Camp Lake Trails Scott County

    Highlights: lake views, waterfowl, rare plants Length: 3.7 miles round trip Difficulty: easy to moderate Trailhead: The trailhead is gated in the winter (mid Oct. — April 1). During the summer, a parking fee apples. From Dungannon, follow Route 72 for 0.4 miles, then turn left onto Route 653 (next to old Osborne store). After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Route 706 and follow for 2.7 miles,...

    Fish Types

    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
    • Trout
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  • Clinch River (Scott Co. Access) Russell, Scott, Tazewell & Wise Counties

    The Clinch River flows through some scenic gorges and has sweeping mountain views. Some sections contain Class I to III rapids. The river offers canoeing, kayaking and fishing for smallmouth and muskies. The Nature Conservancy has designated the river as one of the "Last Great Places" in America because it is home to protected species of mussels.The Clinch River is great for fishing. Fees do apply...

    Fish Types

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Sauger
    • Walleye
    • Catfish
    • Redbreast Sunfish
    • Bluegill Sunfish
    • Longear
    • Musky
    • Black Crappie
    • Freshwater Drum
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  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

    The first great gateway to the west, Cumberland Gap is a mountain pass that was used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes, and later by settlers moving west. Daniel Boone was hired to blaze a trail beginning in Southwest Virginia through Cumberland Gap known as the Wilderness Road. It became the route westward for pioneers who travelled west through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Both...

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  • Camp Bethel

    Camp Bethel is a Christian centered camping experience. Retreats and Facility Rental: Camp Bethel's facilities are available for rent year round. Amenities include 165 wooded acres, a small recreational lake, eight go-karts, a full size gymnasium with a 24 foot indoor climbing wall and outdoor challenge ropes course. Hewn log bunkhouses and a spacious log gymnasium with modern kitchen. Hourly, dai...

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  • John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir Dickenson County

    Located in a rugged, wooded Cumberland Mountain setting, this V-shaped 1,145 acre reservoir stores waters of the Cranesnest and Pound Rivers: this is some of America's cleanest and clearest water (some spots, visibility of 40+ feet). The reservoir provides flood control, low-flow augmentation, fish and wildlife enhancement, water supply and recreation, including: picnicking, camping, swimming, ...

    Fish Types

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Kentucky Spotted Bass
    • Hybrid Striped Bass
    • Catfish
    • Crappie
    • Walleye
    • Yellow Perch
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  • Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve

    Towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls are but a few of the spectacular features of this preserve. Located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the topography of Pinnacle NAP has been modified by the forces of weather, water, and time to create this dramatic landscape. Towering above Big Cedar Creek is an impressive rock formation, the Pinnacle,...

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  • Lake Keokee Lee County

    This 92 Acre lake, surrounded by a lovely wooded area, may be used for fishing or boating. The lake features a paved boat launching ramp, four picnic units with tables and grills, and a 3.7 mile lakeshore loop trail that provides access for shore fishing and wildlife walking. The lake is home to bass, sunfish, tiger, catfish, muskie and a variety of other fish and wildlife. Boating is limited ...

    Fish Types

    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
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  • Riverbound X-Stream

    At Riverbound we seek to establish and promote our water resources as quality flyfishing destinations for all those who would share our vision of unspoiled places, magnificent fish, and good company. All this without the burden of time, money and travel associated with exotic trips. So, here at Riverbound: Catch trophy trout every day!!! On over 10 miles of private water On 4 different creeks and ...

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  • Flag Rock Recreation Area

    Flag Rock Recreation Area sits at 3,250 feet in elevation and is located three miles from downtown Norton on the lower slopes of High Knob. The park is most often associated with the "Flag Rock," which can be seen from downtown as a rock outcrop capped with an American flag. The thousand-acre park includes 25 developed acres that offer spectacular views, mountain biking/hiking trails, fishing, can...

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  • High Knob Recreation Area

    At an elevation of 3,800 feet, High Knob Recreation Area is the highest campground in the Clinch Ranger District of the Jefferson National Forest. The main attraction at the site is High Knob Lake, a 4 acre cold water lake with a 300 ft. sand swimming beach. A small amphitheater is located on a hillside behind the beach house. The lake is stocked and fishing is permitted with a Virginia license an...

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  • Norton Reservoir

    Norton's Upper Reservoir/Lower Reservoir is located four miles from the city's downtown. The Upper Reservoir is 9.8 acres and allows fishing, canoeing/kayaking and electric motor boats. The Upper Reservoir is also stocked with trout and catfish by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Camping and mountain biking/hiking trails are also located nearby. See listed websi...

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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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  • Oxbow Lake Park

    Oxbow Lake Park is a city-owned park that includes a wetland and forest complex adjacent to the Clinch River. Because of its well maintained trail system, it is a popular destination for many of Saint Paul's residents. The Oxbow Lake trail is a paved, wheelchair-accessible mile-long loop. Restroom facilities are located at the parking area. The park provides residence to a large selection of big a...

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  • Seven Springs Trout Pond

    Seven Springs Trout Pond is operated as a catch-out trout pond.  We are open March through November on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are located one mile west of the Town of Tazewell on Route 19.   We will be stocking Rainbow and Golden Trout.  No fishing license is required.  Trout will be sold by the pound.  This pond is family owned. There is fun for all age...

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  • Wise Lake Reservoir

    The Wise Reservoir provides the water supply for the Town of Wise. Although heavily used by anglers and picnickers, this is also a good venue for wildlife watching. Mixed woodlands surround the waterbody, and walking trails around the reservoir allow the naturalist to explore these forests.

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  • Phillips Creek Recreational Area

    Beach area and picnic shelters on Pound Reservoir.

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  • Pound Boat Launch at North Fork Pound Lake

    Pound Boat Launch has year round boat access to the 154-acre North Fork of Pound Lake. Trail to Hopkins Branch. Picnicking nearby at the overlook.

    Fish Types

    • Kentucky Spotted Bass
    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
    • Crappie
    • Musky
    • Walleye
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  • Wise Boat Launch at North Fork Pound Lake

    Access to the 154-acre North Fork of Pound Lake for fishing and boating.

    Fish Types

    • Kentucky Spotted Bass
    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
    • Crappie
    • Musky
    • Walleye
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