River Information Species: Rainbow and Brown Trout Angler Type: Boat or Wade Access Type: Public and Private General Flies: Midges, Nymphs, Sulphurs and Streamers
Suggested Gear 8 ft to 9 ft 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rods
Fishing and River Description The Hiwassee is proably the most beautiful tailwater stream in Tennessee. When you float it you feel as if you in the middle of no where. There are no roads no houses, just you and the river. The only exception is if you go at the height of tuber season you may have a bit of company.
The Hiwassee is composed of a lot of bedrock that forms ledges and drops. It is very, very, very technical rowing and can do a number to a boat if you are not competent at the oars. It is recommended that you at least float it once with a guide before attempting it on your own.
Special Regulations as of 2009 Apalachia Powerhouse downstream to USFS Big Bend Parking Area
14 inch minimum length limit on Brown Trout
Only two trout in creel limit may be Brown Trout
Quality Trout Fishing Area - USFS Big Bend Parking Area downstream to L&N railroad bridge.
Daily creel limit and possession limit is 2 trout
14 inch minimum length limit
Use or possession of any bait is prohibited
Trout less than 14 inches may not be in your possesion
Public River Access Access 1: Power House Access 2: Towee Creek Access 3: Big Bend Parking Area Access 4: Childers Creek Parking Area Access 5: Reliance Take out Access 6: Highway 30 Pull-offs Access 7: Gee Creek Campground Access 8: Highway 411 Boating Access
Getting There From Insterstate 75 you need to cut over to Hwy 411 by either Hwy 60 in Cleveland, TN or Hwy 30 via Athens to Etowah. Once on Hwy 411 you need to turn on to Kimsey Hwy towards Reliance, TN