South Holston Spawning Regulations

I wanted to write a blog post about the spawning sections on the South Holston River  since finding this information can be difficult. The signs on the actual river are hard to find and even harder to read unless you’re within three feet of one, and every time I try to pull this information up online I can never seem to easily find it. Make sure to plan your trips accordingly during this time.

Spawning season begins at the South Holston River on November 1 and ends February 1. During that time, you are not allowed to drop anchor or fish in two sections. If you are caught fishing in these sections it will result in a heavy fine and appropriate shaming by anyone around you.

To make this easier, you can use a phone map application to allow your map to find your location on the water. A pin should drop wherever you are and show where you are in relation to the graphics below. I am also providing approximate GPS coordinates of the beginning and end of the sections. These can also be typed into your phone map.

The first closure begins on the upper section, starting at bottom creek (GPS 36.504400, -82.110581) and ending at Hickory Tree Bridge on 44 (GPS 36.515955, -82.136200).  

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Upper closure – Bottom Creek to Hickory Tree Bridge 

The second closure begins on the lower section, starting at the tip of the island above Webb Bridge (There is a beautiful house that sits on the middle of this island that’s hard to miss, GPS 36.488261, -82.195197) and ends at the bottom of the island below Weaver Pike Bridge (this one can be trickier if you don’t know the names of the bridges, but just pay close attention to where you are on the river in relation to this image. GPS 36.482244, -82.205116)

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Lower closure – Bottom Creek to Hickory Tree Bridge 

Finally, I wanted to show you an image of the entire river in relation to both spawning sections. If you are floating the upper section (grates to big springs) you will run into the upper spawning section. If you are floating the lower section (big springs to rock hold or bluff city) you will run into the lower spawning section.

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Upper and lower closures in relation to the entire river. The pin at the top indicates Holston View Dam Rd near the Weir Dam.

I hope you find this information helpful while planning your trip to the South Holston!

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Taylor Joyce

East Tennessee lady angler specializing in fly fishing on the South Holston and Watauga rivers.

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