The Hiwassee River is fishing great. So far this summer has been a continuation of the great fsihing we have had all year long. TVA is currently operating Appalachia powerhouse on the sumer recreational schedule. Which is that they will start one generator at 10am, and the 2nd generator will start at 11am and operate at least until 7pm. This schedule will stay in effect until the Labor Day weekend. Our guides have been having some fantastic days on the water with plenty of fish being caught on any given day. If the current conditions on the river do not change then this will be one of the best years of fishing that we have had here on the Hiwassee over the past couple of years. Steamers, nymphs, & dry fly's are all taking fish. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Our guides work very hard to make this happen as they are on the water constantly.
The trout fishing on the river is great right now. We are catching some nice fish, what more can you ask for. Nymphs, streamers, & dry's it's all about the bugs right now and the Isonychia's are the name of the game. Standard patterns will work well for a little while, but once the fish get picky you better have a little something special. These fish see a lot of bugs so having the right pattern can make a difference.
If you like to catch big fish then the summer run of stripers on Hiwassee is something that you should look into. Striper fishing on the Hiwassee is comparable to big game hunting. You may not catch a high number of fish, but the ones that you will get into are large fish. The average striper that we take on the Hiwassee anywhere in the 18-25lb range with many larger fish mixed in. This is a great fight on any type of tackle, but it is unforgettable when you get one on the fly. On the Appalachia tailwater we start the chase in June and fish on through October. On some years we may see fish a littler earlier or later, this is mainly due to the water temperature in the lower reaches of the river.
We are seeing and catching a few stripers in the upper reaches of the Hiwassee River now. I boated the first striper of the season several weeks back in the middle section of the river and the other day I boated the first striper out of the upper section of the river. It was a smaller schoolie around 8-10 lbs., but it’s still a good fish. I really am not sure what to say about how heavy the run will be this year because that always changes from one year to the next. I will say that there are some in the river and we have started catching them. Over the next several weeks I will be keeping an eye out to see how many move up as the season progresses.
If you are interested in fishing the Hiwassee River for trout and/or stripers this season book you trip early as our calendars are filling up fast. One thing that helps the most is to have a couple of dates in mind that will work best for you. This makes it easier for us to book your day on the water as we are in the middle of our busy season.