Ocoee River Corridor

Best Fishing in Southeastern TN

Fishing Locations in the Ocoee River Corridor

Fishing in the Ocoee River Corridor offers some of the best rivers, streams, and lake waters in southeastern Tennessee. Outfitters are ready to guide you on the world-class fly fishing of the Toccoa, Lower Ocoee, and Hiwassee Rivers with drift boats or wet wading trips. Like the exhilaration of chasing bass? Parksville (Ocoee) Lake serves up that and more with crappie, catfish, walleye, and largemouth bass. Fishing kayak and powerboat rentals are available for the lake, too.  The smaller streams in the region like Goforth Creek that empties into the Middle Ocoee River, is a lovely place to cast your line for native trout.

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Ocoee river fishing

Parksville (Ocoee) Lake

During the construction of Ocoee Dam #1 in 1911, Tennessee Electric Power Company, now TVA, created the Parksville Reservoir. This is now called Parksville Lake, and also commonly referred to as Ocoee Lake, since it is a dammed section of the Ocoee River. Located in Polk County in southeastern Tennessee, Parksville Lake has 1,930 surface acres, many varieties of warm water fish, and offers lots of shoreline for fishing in addition to boat rentals.

Types of fish in Ocoee River

Ocoee River - Lower, Upper, Middle

The Lower Ocoee River is a popular tubing and rafting float trip, and offers enjoyable fishing along the way. Located below Ocoee Dam #1, there is a boat ramp and free parking there. You can fish anywhere on the Ocoee River, but dodging rafts on the Upper and Middle are harder than casting a sweet line on the Lower. Fishing the Upper or Middle Ocoee when the water is off is a great option. 

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Hiwassee River

The Hiwassee River is a Tennessee State Scenic River and sports exceptional fly fishing for rainbow, brook, and brown trout. A popular fishing river for wet wading and drift boat trips, the river is fishable year round. Check out the daily Orvis Fishing Report for the Hiwassee River

Toccoa River Flyfishing in Tennessee

Toccoa River - GA/TN Border

The Toccoa River is the upstream section of the Ocoee River, but is located in Georgia where it got a different name. It literally becomes the Ocoee River as it crosses the TN/GA border at Copperhill, TN, and McCaysville, GA. Fly fishing on the gentle Toccoa is very popular, and rewarding with native and stocked trout. A popular fishing area with free parking is Horseshoe Bend Park. You will need a Georgia Fishing License to fish the Toccoa River. 

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