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Clinch River

Many experienced anglers who have shed the premier trout waters of the United States consider the Clinch River tailwater to be one of the nest trout sheries in the country. The clear, shallow, slow moving Clinch demands a stealth approach, delicate presentation, small ies and drag-free drifts. You can wade or drift in a boat.

Where is the Clinch River?

Nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee, the Clinch tailwater is 13 miles in length and flows from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to the Highway 61 Bridge near Clinton, TN, at River Mile 67.

What kind of fish can be found in the Clinch?

Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout call the Clinch home. Almost all of the sh caught will be robust, wild, quality sh. The average trout will be 11 to 12 inches in length. Trout in the 14 to 16 inch range are common, and on most days one can reasonably expect to hook one or two sh in the 18 to 22 inch range. It is not unusual for a skilled angler to land a half dozen sh over 18 inches during the sulfur emergence in spring.

Fishing Licenses

Visitshlicense.html for Tennessee shing license information. You can purchase the appropriate license online or at the Wal-Mart located at exit 122, which is open 24 hours.

Guide Services Available 

There are many guide services available. Click here to find a list.

What else should I know? 

If you are interested in wading, you will need to check TVA’s website at to view the water generation schedule. If you plan on boating, you can launch your boat at the River Road TVA access.