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ccmmcc
03-29-2006, 08:36 AM
Anybody have any information on fishing Big Lost Creek around the Cleveland, TN area? I would appreciate any info, comments, warnings, wishes or anecdotes that anyone has to offer.

jrose
04-07-2006, 01:16 AM
The lower end, where it joins the Hiwassee River is private property, but you can access the creek via a new hiking trail, the Benton Mackaye Trail (maps at www.bmta.org), that bypasses it and covers pretty much the whole drainage.

Or there's also a USFS car campground about 3 miles upstream from the river that can be accessed from a forest road that turns off Hwy 30 a mile or so south of Reliance.

Back in the 70s and 80s you could always catch trout in there. *It was good enough that the Chattanoooga TU chapter annually planted trout eggs in the upper part, above the campground, each winter.

Not any more, though. *It gets too low and warm in August. *The trout are gone; however, you can still have fun with the small-mouth and bream.

Besides that, it's a beautiful creek and makes for a nice day hike, especially in April/May when the wildflowers come out.

Jack