Fishing

HOA_FishingIf it’s angling adventure you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.

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!

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye
  • Catfish
  • Musky
  • Sunfish
  • Trout

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Download a FREE version of our informative, regional fishing brochure.  In this brochure you’ll find a detailed map of the region, the various types of fishing holes and what type of fish you can expect to find there.

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Trout Streams

  • Little Stony Creek Scott County

    Special Reg. catch and release trout waters, part of Jefferson National Forest. Hike in stream. Parts of Chief Benge Scout Scenic Trail parallels stream offering spectacular views of nearby waterfalls including a 24′ vertical drop. The trail also offers hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. Near the towns of Dungannon and Coeburn, High Knob, Flag Rock, and numerous campgrounds.

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
  • 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.

    • Brook Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
  • Pound River Dickenson CountyBelow 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.

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
  • Roaring Fork Tazewell CountyNational Forest Waters

    Remote Special Reg. catch and release brook trout waters located in Beartown Wilderness. Hike in stream accessed by FSR 631.

    • Brook Trout
  • Pound River Wise CountyBelow North Fork of Pound River Dam/Delayed Harvest

    Delayed harvest trout waters which allow easy access from the base of the dam through the Town of Pound.

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
  • 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.

    • Brook Trout
  • 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.

    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout

Public Fishing Lakes

  • Flannagan Dam & Reservoir Dickenson County

    The largest in Southwestern VA, Flannagan Reservoir covers 1,143 acres and offers 50 miles of beautiful shoreline consisting of mature hardwood forest interspersed with spectacular rock bluffs that surrounds this deep, clear reservoir. Home to many varieties of sport fish species and holds several state record catches.

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Kentucky Spotted Bass
    • Hybrid Striped Bass
    • Catfish
    • Crappie
    • Walleye
    • Yellow Perch
  • Pound Reservoir (North Fork) Wise CountyNorth Fork

    Pound Reservoir is a 154 acre lake with 13.5 miles of wooded shoreline and is owned by the Jefferson National Forest. It is an excellent bass fishery but also offers a variety of other sport fish species.

    • Kentucky Spotted Bass
    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
    • Crappie
    • Musky
    • Walleye
  • Keokee Lake Lee County

    92-acre impoundment surrounded by National Forest lands, offers excellent sunfish and bass fishing.

    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
  • Bark Camp Lake Scott CountyNational Forest Waters

    61-acre DGIF-owned lake surrounded by forested land offers excellent bass, sunfish and catfish opportunities and is included in the state’s put and take trout stocking program.

    • Largemouth Bass
    • Catfish
    • Trout
  • Lake Witten Tazewell County

    52-acre lake offers excellent largemouth bass and is included in the state’s put and take trout stocking program. Both primitive and RV camping are available.

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Redbreast Sunfish
    • Trout

Rivers

  • Clinch River Russell, Scott, Tazewell & Wise Counties

    The most bio-diverse river on the continent offers excellent fishing opportunities for native gamefish: smallmouth bass, spotted bass, walleye, and sauger. The Clinch and its tributaries are the only Virginia waters where sauger are present. 20″ min. size limit on smallmouth bass.

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Sauger
    • Walleye
    • Catfish
    • Redbreast Sunfish
    • Bluegill Sunfish
    • Longear
    • Musky
    • Black Crappie
    • Freshwater Drum
  • 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.

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Catfish
    • Sunfish
  • 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.

    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Largemouth Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Catfish
    • Redbreast Sunfish
    • Musky

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