The Nolichucky River is a world class small mouth bass river with some small mouths exceeding 4 pounds. You may also find musky, crappie and catfish. During the months when the water is cooler brown trout may be caught and rainbow trout are abundant.
The Erwin National Fish Hatchery, located in Unicoi County, supplies the river with pond fed fish. Last year the hatchery produced over 13 million eggs from four strains to support their fish management programs. After approximately two and a half years the breeder fish are delivered by truck to the Chestoa Bridge and released into the Nolichucky.
Tennessee offers annual, 10 day and 3 day licenses. Children under the age of 13 need no licenses. Licenses are sold by local merchants and instant licenses are available 24 hours, 7 days a week from the Wildlife Resources Agency. 1-888-814-TWRA or online at Tennesse Wildlife Resources.