Cumberland Gap

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I am planning to spend a few days at Cumberland Gap National Park. I would appreciate any informaiton about fishing opportunities in that area. I have a Tennessee fishing license so I would prefer to use that. But, if there is signifiant water near there in Virginia or Kentucky that would be fine too. I am not dedicated to trout. A small mouth bass habitat would be fine. I hope to go there in late June or July. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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There's not much trout(if any) up there from my understanding. The upper reaches of the Powell river are close by. It is what eventually forms with the Clinch to form Norris lake. My best guess is, mostly warm water fishing. The water on the KY side is sparse, at least good water to fish.

There is also not a lot of public water in that area.
 
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Thanks jayr. That probably explains why I have never heard about much fishing in that area. Guess I will just take my bicycle and forget about the (lack of) fishing. I often forget how spoiled I am living in WNC.
 

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Eastern KY doesn’t have near the fishing, and especially trout fishing opportunities as does East TN and WNC. Extreme SW VA is in the boat with KY as well. Not only does elevation have a lot to do with it, all of the coal mining that took place in that area has been a detriment to the natural streams there for the last 150 or so years.
 
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