View Full Version : most productive tail waters?

12-18-2010, 01:44 PM
During our next visit out there, we might try to do some tailwater fishing for trout. What is everyones opinion about the productivity of east tn tailwaters? As usual we will be staying in the pigeon forge gatlinburg area. What are the closest waters? (maybe a hour drive or so?). Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated by us newcomers to the sport! Thanks again, flyguys.

tire guy
12-18-2010, 02:54 PM
In my opinion the generation schedule will probably help determine availability of tailwaters. The most fished are probably the Clinch, Holston, and South Holston. All are close to your distance parameters and all can produce fun fishing days. You can check the generation schedule from Byron's Fishing Report page. I hope this helps.

12-18-2010, 03:03 PM
Tanks Brian!

12-18-2010, 05:19 PM
Not to rain on your parade but in an hours drive you will get to Holston river tailwater below Cherokee dam, and that's if you don't get stuck in traffic. The vacation land of Sevier county is a nightmare to get around. Of course all this depends on how close to the interstate around Kodak you are. The closer to Gatlinburg the more trouble for you. As for South Holston, it is a good two hour drive if you are far in towards Gatlinburg. The clinch would be doable in an hour if you are in the Kodak area. Don't want to sound negative but be realistic about distances and traffic patterns, otherwise you just get frustrated.

12-19-2010, 06:05 PM
A recent report on the Hiwassee has shad coming through the discharge at the powerhouse. See http://www.hiwassee.net for details. One report was of an 18-1/2 inch trout! The Hiwassee corridor doesn't have the tourist crowds as other places. C'mon down. Put a post in the forum in the website and someone will volunteer to meet you and "guide" you. About 90 minute drive down Hwy 411. Oh yes, the website has a link for the generating schedule.