Watauga River near Spurgeon, Tennessee
The Watauga River from Watauga Lake to Boone Lake is some of the finest trout water in the nation. If you don’t believe me just ask Trout Unlimited which placed it solidly in the top 100 trout streams in the US. The here fish can grow really fat here mostly because of all the insect hatches. In fact the Watauga River has some of the heaviest hatches in the area. It all starts around Easter with the caddis. The caddis continues hatching well into summer but Blue Winged Olives and Little Black Caddis also start to show up and hatch into fall. The terrestrials show up in the summer and they take center stage. If you are interested in catching big fish your best bet is in the fall in the Quality Trout Fishing Area when the big browns and rainbows move up from Boone Lake. That’s not to say you can't catch nice fish in other spots during other times of the year but the average fish you will catch is only 10 to 12 inches. Another good spot to fish is near the eddies under the dam when the generators are running. That's a spot that can produce nice fish any time of the year. As for lures Mepps, corn, and matching the hatch with flies work. Good luck fishing!
Watauga River Fishing near Spurgeon, Tennessee
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Stream
Lat/Long: 36.447605 -82.422363
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Description for Watauga River, Washington County, Tennessee
Watauga River is a stream located just 1.9 miles from Spurgeon, in Washington County, in the state of Tennessee, United States, near Boring, TN. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout here. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Watauga River. Alternate names for this stream include Watogo River, Wataga River and Wathaga River.
For Fishing License purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations please visit Tennessee Fish & Wildlife
Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the stream is open to the public. Now get out there and fish! Check out our Fishing Times
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