Clinch River

Details

Location:
Kingston, TN
United States United States
Coordinates:
35.8863, -84.4825
Distance:
0.0 Miles
Description:

The Clinch River rises in Southwest Virginia near Tazewell, Virginia and flows southwest through the Great Appalachian Valley, gathering various tributaries including the Powell River before joining the Tennessee River in East Tennessee.

The Clinch River is dammed twice: by Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and by Melton Hill Dam, the only TVA dam with a lock not located on the main channel of the Tennessee River. It empties into the Tennessee River at Kingston, Tennessee.

The Clinch River above Clinton, Tennessee (tailwaters of Norris Dam) is stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Tips/Tactics:

Swimming a minnow-shaped plug quickly beside the crown of a big fallen tree, you watch the bait wobble along in the clear water with great anticipation. You know that a trout is apt to dart from the deepest branches and nab your lure. You also know that any fish that strikes could turn out to be a giant.

Tennessee's state-record brown trout - the biggest trout of any kind ever pulled from Volunteer waters - came from this section of the Clinch River. And every year the Norris Lake tailwater yields plenty of big trout, including some double-digit weight browns.

The state-record brown trout, which Greg Ensor caught in 1988, weighed a whopping 28 pounds, 12 ounces. Biologists reportedly once shocked up a brown from the Clinch that was longer than Ensor's and that bottomed out 25-pound scales. Clinch regulars are convinced that there are 30-pound-plus trout in the river.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Picnic Area, Shore fishing access, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Fishing Reports

StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com
almost 5 years ago (09/15/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 09.15.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam Report Striper fishing below the dams has slowed a bit during the past two weeks. No reason that I can determine, just slow. The action should be better until late Oct. because of the added generation TVA is using to lower the lakes for the winter pool. Hope things pick up soon, I have lots of carters lined up. StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com Phone#: - 865-607-6120...
StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com
almost 5 years ago (09/09/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 09.09.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam Report The stripers have slowed a bit below the dam in the last couple of weeks or so. Don't know exactly why, they have been generating 8 to 10 hours a day. Should be better that it has been. Still getting some big ones just not a many. StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com Phone#: - 865-607-6120 Email: - chet@knology.net  ...
StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com
almost 5 years ago (07/28/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 07.28.09

       Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam Report Nailed my first 40 pounder of the season last monday in the boils below the dam. The striper catching has been outstanding for the past two months. Along with the 40 lbs. I put another 21 in the boat of various size. Great day on the water. StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com - 865-607-6120...
StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com
about 5 years ago (07/21/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 07.21.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam The area below the dam is producing a ton of stripers.  During the past three charters we boated 56 stripers and LDRed (long distant release) another 15.  Four of the stripers were over 32 lbs, one was 35 lbs and 44 inches long.  We expect this rate of catch to last through August and into September. Ft. Loudoum Dam is producing as well, just not as many or as big. StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com-865-607-6120-chet@knolo...
Captain Chet Moore-StripersAndMoore
about 5 years ago (05/20/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 05.20.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam:Its still a little chilly here in East TN. and the water temp. in the river is holding at 55 degrees. The stripes are moving up to spawn and we are getting some big hogs in the boat. The biggest one so far has been 35 lbs, although I think bigger ones are around the corner. Weather is getting better with less rain and temps. in the mid 70s. They are generating like crazy and at some dams the spill gates are open part of the day. Makes for some int...
StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com
about 5 years ago (05/05/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 05.05.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam:Melton Hill Dam is beginning to give up some really big stripers in good numbers. Last week we boated 27 stripers in just over 5 hours. Most were between 12 and 18 lbs, however a few were in the 30 lbs range. It was a good day on the water. Water temp. was 58 degrees, sun was shinning, air temp. was 72 and wind calm.StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.comPhone#: - 865-607-6120 Email: - chet@knology.net...
Captain Chet Moore-StripersAndMoore
over 5 years ago (04/21/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 04.21.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam report:Last Tuesday April 13th below the dam at Melton Hill, the stripers were running big time. Caught 27 in less than five hours. Most were between 12 and 18 lbs. The 19th weight 20 and the 22nd weighed in at 26 lbs. This was a record day for me, previously the record was 21 on one charter. It looks like the stripers are getting ready for the spawning run. It is about time, this is the slowest spring I have ever seen. Captain Chet.StripersAndMoo...
Captain Chet Moore, stripersandmoore.com
over 5 years ago (04/08/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 04.08.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam:Striper fishing in East Tennessee has been slow this spring. The water temp. has not been warm or consistent enough to start the spring spawning run. The stripers are still out in the lakes near the bottom and are not moving around much. Its the 8th of April and we are having snow and freezing temps. When the river temp. reaches the mid fifties and above and stays there, I think the run will start for sure. There is plenty of bait fish of all size...
Captain Chet Moore-StripersAndMoore
over 5 years ago (03/25/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 03.25.09

Melton Hill Dam and Clinch River below the dam Report:I gotta tell you, there is little or know striper action at the dam or the river below the dam. The spawning run should have started by now, however, we have had such temp. fluctuations that the stripers are probably confused and are still laying out in the lakes at 20 to 35 feet waiting for the weather to make up its mind. Even the red buds are in bloom. I predict the second week of April before the run gets into full swing. This is the lo...
Captain Chet Moore, stripersandmoore.com
over 5 years ago (03/11/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 03.11.09

Clinch river below Melton Hill Dam and below Fort Loudun Dam:Well it has not happened yet, the water temp. is still in the mid to high forties and needs to get in the mid fifties before the stripers get active and start the spawning run. The small males come first then the big hogs. I have seen very few males at the dams. Look for the red buds to bloom and the time should be about right. Tight Lines, Captain Chet. www.stripersandmoore.comPhone#: - 865-607-6120 or 865-539-6120chet@knology.net...
over 5 years ago (03/10/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 03.10.09

Southeastern Anglers fishing Report:Current release schedule is a one turbine flow. Excellent flow schedule, somewhat rare. Fishing is excellent. Newly implemented slot limit on regulations producing increased average fish size.Southeastern AnglersPhone#: -423-338-7368 or 866-588-7688 Email: -danelaw@southeasternanglers.com...
StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.com
over 5 years ago (03/03/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 03.03.09

Clinch river below Melton Hill Dam and below Fort Loudun Dam:Water temp. still in the mid forty's and the stripers have yet to move up river from the lake to spawn. Expect the river run to take place in mid to late March. Water release is good at both dams with at least one generator running most of the day. Look forward to a good spawning run as the water temp. approches 55 degrees.StripersAndMoore at stripersandmoore.comPhone#: - 865-607-6120 Email: - chet@knology.net...
Captain Chet Moore
over 5 years ago (02/25/2009)

Clinch River Fishing Report 02.25.09

Clinch river below Melton Hill Dam and below Fort Loudun Dam:Striper fishing has yet to get in to full swing. The water temp. is in the mid 40s in the rivers. The generation and water flow is good but the temp. needs to be in the mid 50s before the stripers move up the river to spwan. It could be mid March before the spwaning run gets in to full swing. I look for a good year fishing the boils below the dams.Captain Chet MoorePhone#: - 865-607-6120 Email: - chet@knology.net...

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Whitecrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, White (Pomoxis annularis)

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Browntrout-240-fw

Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta)

Freshwater
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Guides

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