Trout Fishing on the Elk River
Trout fishing is good in the Tennessee Valley—particularly in the tailwaters below the TVA Dams.
From native, wild Brook Trout to chunky, fat Rainbow and Brown trout in our tail-waters, the opportunities to make your big catch abound.
The Elk River below Tims Ford Dam in south-central Tennessee is known for its aquatic diversity, and home to a regionally important trout fishery. The trout fishery, which is stocked by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), is a put-and-take fishery that’s maintained during the summer months by the water released through Tims Ford Dam. Be sure to check TVA dams's water release schedule before casting your line in tailwaters.
The lazy river is shallow with a rock-gravel bottom about 50 feet wide with gravel bars and intermittent deep pools. There are 20 bridges with varying ease of access along the 100 mile section.
BEST ACCESS POINTS
Tennessee - Tims Ford Dam tailwater Hy 50. Farris Creek Bridge Road. Old Dam Ford Edde Bend Road. Shiloh Bridge Champ Road. Stump Shoals Quarter Road. Chennault Ford Road. Stone Bridge Memorial Park Hy 64. Stone Bridge Hy 64. Elkton Hy 31. Veto Road.
Alabama - Hy 127. Easter Ferry Bridge Co. Road 65. Buck Island Bridge Hy 99.
Weekends are busier with. Arrive early and limit your catches to 7 Trout.
Check for the trout stocking schedule.
Bank fishing or pool wading are the preferred methods for fishing this river.
Practice Leave No Trace principles to help protect the beauty of this region,