Lazy Summer Days Fishing
Lazy summer days spent fishing are a great way to unwind and disconnect from overly busy lives. The simplicity of water, a fishing pole, and waiting on that tug creates a peaceful retreat from other world distractions. The region’s lakes and rivers are well known for the quality of fishing, so grab your gear and find your spot in the 9 Lakes to fish and relax.
Fishing for bluegill conjures up fond memories of a stick, a line, and a worm. These fish are not picky, so bites are more frequent. Bluegills belong to the sunfish family and swim at shallow depths. With the clarity of water in the region, these fish are highly visible and don’t hide in cover that tangles fishing line, making for a great day for novices and youngsters.
The region is also home to excellent trout fishing. The Cherokee National Forest has multiple native trout streams. Bald River Falls and Citico Creek are two destinations that are easily accessible. Kayakers and bank fishermen will want to consider the cold waters below Norris Dam on the Clinch River. When the TVA releases water, the cold water entering the Clinch creates a fog mist on hot summer days that is refreshing to experience.
Of course, small and large mouth bass are king for championship fishing in the Southeast. Not surprising is that two of the 9 Lakes, Watts Bar and Cherokee have been recognized by Bassmaster in the top twenty five fishing lakes. Recreational fishermen will enjoy the sport of striper fishing, which yields photo worthy pictures. Guides are available on the lakes to provide equipment and tips for catching that trophy fish.
The consistent quality of the fisheries in the region is a combination of underwater structure and the programs to stock and steward the river system. All nine lakes are located in the Tennessee River watershed and managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. With their expertise, and the work of the US Fish and Wildlife, a day fishing in the 9 Lakes is a sure bet on a lazy summer day.