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Toccoa River

The Toccoa River runs generally north for about 60 miles from its headwaters near Suches to where it crosses into Tennessee at McCaysville in Fannin County. Blue Ridge Dam divides the river into two distinct fisheries. Above the lake, the Toccoa River is more like a typical north Georgia trout stream. Below the lake, the Toccoa River offers fantastic tailwater trout fishing.

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Trout On The Lower Toccoa

The lower Toccoa River’s waters flow from the depths of Lake Blue Ridge in north Georgia, creating a cold, clear tailrace river that has long sustained an outstanding trout fishery for a 15-mile stretch all the way to McCaysville. My long-time fishing buddy, George Montecino, and I have avidly fished the lower Toccoa River since…

Duck-eating, Monster Brown Trout Caught In Toccoa

Blue Ridge native Hunter Barnes had seen this fish before. He had watched it for two weeks in the tailout of a big run while guiding on the Toccoa River tailwater. A college student and wrestler at UT Chattanooga, Hunter spent the summer guiding, and in one stretch of river he watched a resident mallard…

Toccoa River Record Smallmouth

Toccoa River Record Fish See all of GON’s official Georgia Lake & River Records here. Requirements For Record Fish • Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with state game and fish regulations. • Catch must be weighed on accurate Georgia DOA certified scales with at least two witnesses…

Toccoa Tailrace Trout Fishery Decimated By Warm Water

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) deep drawdown of Blue Ridge Lake to more than 60 feet below full pool for dam repairs this summer has all but wiped out the trout population in the Toccoa River tailrace below the dam, rendering one of the state’s premier trout fisheries almost barren. An electrofishing survey was taken…

Toccoa Tailwater Trophy Trout Hunting

For most trout anglers, catching colorful little fish on the rushing waters of the Toccoa River tailwater is enough to constitute a fine day of fishing. For others, it’s just not enough. The deep holes, cold water and plentiful forage below Blue Ridge Dam combine to create optimal conditions for growing monstrous trout, and a…

Toccoa River Record Fish