Trout fishing heating up with cool weather

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Fall is here and brings with it the return of the popular delayed harvest season on the Hiwassee River.  The delayed harvest area of the Hiwassee River stretches from the Appalachian Powerhouse downstream to the L&N Railroad Bridge. 

In this area the harvest or possession of trout is prohibited from October 1 through the last day of February. In addition, only artificial lures are permitted and the use or possession of bait is prohibited in the delayed harvest area.  This regulation was put in place in 2011 to protect trout from harvest during the time of year when studies indicated trout grew best in the Hiwassee.  

Any trout holding over from the summer can pack on more weight and freshly stocked trout will continue to grow after stocking. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region 3 Tellico Hatchery began supplementing the Hiwassee River with trout in late September and continues through November to insure angler success.  

In addition to the usual 20,000 rainbow trout, Tellico Hatchery has nearly 5,000 brown trout in the 10-12 inch size range to stock and Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery will provide 3,000 brook trout just as big. 

TWRA has also partnered with USFWS Erwin National Hatchery to stock several hundred rainbow trout that average nearly three pounds each.  Not only can anglers catch a “Tennessee Triple”; rainbow, brown, and brook trout, but they can make it a “Grand Slam” with a  three-pound rainbow.  

Anglers must have the appropriate fishing license including trout supplement.  Anglers are encouraged to check the generation schedule before planning their trip. 

All stockings are posted on our TWRA Region 3 Facebook page, so like us to get timely updates at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tennessee-Wildlife-Resources-Agency-Regio....


Youth waterfowl 

hunt drawing


Youngsters hopeful to participate in youth-only waterfowl hunts at Bogota and Thorny Cypress Wildlife Management Areas in 2015 will have two options to apply for the events.

The hunts, for youth ages 6-15, are scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2015. A hand held drawing will be held at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Dyersburg work base (335 Menzies Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024) on Jan. 19, 2015 at 6 p.m. for both hunt dates.

Youth may apply in person on Jan. 19 at the Dyersburg site. A second option is to apply by submitting a U.S. Postal Service Postcard or index card to the TWRA Area Manager to be received prior to Jan. 19. 

If a youth elects to apply by mail, the following information must be provided on the card for each applicant:

Name and age



Phone number (Parent or guardian)

Email address (Parent or guardian)

List preferred hunt date (Jan. 31 or Feb. 7, 2015)

List preferred pool choices in order of preference (up to 15 pool choices)

A separate card should be submitted for each youth applicant. Application cards may be placed in an envelope and mail to TWRA, 335 Menzies Road, Dyersburg, TN 38204.  The card will be placed in the barrel for the hand held drawing on Jan. 19. Those who have their cards drawn will be contacted by phone or email and issued a confirmation number.

For those youth applying in person on Jan. 19, application cards will be supplied on-site.


TWFC to meet in Greeneville


The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its October meeting in Greeneville on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30 at the General Morgan Inn. Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 29. The formal session starts at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30.  

Meetings are open to the public.