Watauga Lake is located
in north east Tennessee and is surrounded by the
Cherokee National Forest. With 100 miles of winding
shore line, and a surface area of 6,430 acres,
Watauga Lake has plenty of room for great fishing.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) manages
the states wildlife and has
various fish species for environmental
enhancement and fishing opportunities.
The most popular species are Smallmouth, walleye,
and trout. You can find a trout stocking map on the
There are eight public boat ramps, seven marinas
and two Forest Service recreation facilities. While
most fishing is done by boat, there are plenty of
shore fishing opportunities including the fishing
pier at Rat Branch (pictured above). The Rat Branch
pier is a fixed pier built in 1999.
Walleye were initially stocked in 1954 and have
been stocked consistently since 1985. They are
abundant and grow to exceptionally well. Seven to
eight pound walleye are not uncommon.