Smallmouth bass fishing in northeast Tennessee is usually pretty good year-round because there are several good smallmouth fisheries, and some of these have warm-water discharges that provide good fishing during the winter “off-season”.
The rivers that we guide here include the Nolichuckey River, both the north and south forks of the Holston River, as well as the Holston Proper in Kingsport and on downstream. All three of these rivers have several sections that we float.
The Holston Proper in Kingsport has several water discharges that can be warmer than the river is in the winter. For this reason, some of our best smallmouth fishing is in the winter on this particular float. This float also has a small trophy trout section, as well as some very large carp that can often be targeted with flies. On this float we often use both light-tackle spinning gear as well as fly-fishing gear. Some people prefer only one method or the other, and that is fine also. Plenty of fish can be caught on “flies-only” if that’s what you prefer.
Below are some photos from our smallmouth floats, and the trout and carp shown below are all “bonus fish” from the Holston Proper float in Kingsport.