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When to Fish The Watauga

The Watauga River lies near of Elizabethton, Tennessee. Because of its moderate elevation, the Watauga River experiences more moderate colder winter temperatures than some of the other rivers mentioned. However, the Watauga River is also less susceptible to temperature fluctuation as this river is a tailwater with its flow controlled by a hydroelectric dam upstream. As shown above, the Watauga River fishes best from late Spring to late Fall. This river is well-known for its high fish density and prolific Spring caddis hatches. This river is best fished from a boat as there is very limited public access areas, especially near the trophy section regulated by the State of Tennessee.