Holston River - Middle Fork - Fishing Opportunities
The Middle Fork Holston River offers a variety of good fishing opportunities. The river has good numbers of redbreast sunfish, rock bass and bluegills located throughout the 32-mile navigable section in Smyth and Washington Counties. Smallmouth bass are abundant and can grow to decent size, up to 16-18 inches. Walleye making spawning runs out of South Holston Lake concentrate below ledges in the lower section of the Middle Fork in March and April. Because the Middle Fork is typically a few degrees warmer than the South Fork, spawning fish often enter the Middle Fork first. Anglers may also catch a few largemouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish and pumpkinseed sunfish.