River and Stream Fishing

View of Nolichucky River in Cherokee National Forest

Stocked trout streams provide opportunitiess for anglers who catch and release as well as those who wish to harvest trout for consumption. Rainbow trout averaging 8 to 12 inches are stocked in many streams, typically between March and September.

The most popular stocked trout streams include Tellico River, Citico Creek, Paint Creek and Beaverdam Creek.  Wild trout, rainbow, brown and native brookies are present in most of the mountain streams above 1000 feet in elevation.

River and Stream Fishing Areas

  • Bald Mountains
  • Horse Creek Recreation Area
  • Old Forge Recreation Area
  • Big Frog Area
  • Conasauga River Blue Hole
  • Citico Creek Area
  • Citico Creek
  • Jake Best Campground
  • French Broad River Area
  • French Broad River
  • Paint Creek Campground
  • Paint Creek Corridor
  • Moses Turn
  • Overlook Picnic Area
  • Paint Creek Picnic Area
  • Hiwassee River Area
  • Hiwassee River
  • Hiwassee River Gorge
  • Apalachia Powerhouse Launch
  • Big Bend
  • Childers Creek Trailhead
  • Hiwassee River Picnic Area
  • Lost Creek Campground
  • Holston Mountain Area
  • Iron Mountains
  • Backbone Rock Recreation Area
  • Pigeon River Area
  • Pigeon River
  • Tellico River Area
  • Holly Flats
  • McNabb Group Camp
  • Tellico River
  • Tellico River Corridor
  • Big Oak Cove Campground
  • Birch Branch Campground
  • Davis Branch Campground
  • Holder Cove Campground
  • Rough Ridge Campground
  • Unaka Mountains
  • Chestoa Recreation Area
  • Limestone Cove Day Use Area
  • Watauga Lake Area
  • Dennis Cove Recreation Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities