Watauga River Fishing Report near Spurgeon, Tennessee

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Fishing Tips for the Watauga River

on December 14th

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!


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