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The best thing about fishing in Southeast Tennessee is the incredible diversity of fish habitat, from cascading freestone streams in the highlands to the tributaries, reservoirs and tailwaters of the Tennessee River.

Tennessee is home to more species of freshwater fish than anywhere in the North American continent, and nowhere else within the state is the diversity of habitat more pronounced or accessible than in the region around Chattanooga.

A great many of the fishing streams in the Chattanooga region are dam controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) or effected by dam release stream flows.

All anglers ages 13-64 must have a Tennessee fishing license, issued by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Fishing regulations also apply in Georgia and Alabama.

For information about reservoir levels, stream flows and expected water release schedules from dams, visit the Tennessee Valley Authority or call (423) 751-2264.

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