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