--- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries have established a permit agreement which will allow the residents of Tennessee and Virginia more convenient fishing opportunities on South Holston Lake.
The new South Holston Permit will be available beginning July 1. Tennessee and Virginia residents may purchase the permit along with their state's resident license and fish all of South Holston Reservoir.
Previously, Tennessee residents were required to purchase a non-resident license to fish in the Virginia portion and likewise for Virginia residents wanting to fish in the Tennessee portion.
Tennessee residents can purchase the South Holston Lake Permit Type 63 for a cost of $21. Tennessee residents must purchase the permit at Tennessee license agents. The permit is required in addition to the Tennessee resident license when fishing in the Virginia portion of the lake. If fishing for trout, a trout license is also required.
In Virginia, the permit is called "South Holston Reservoir Fishing" and is $21 there as well. Virginia residents must purchase the permit in Virginia.
South Holston Lake comprises an area of 6,336 acres in upper East Tennessee and 1,244 acres in Virginia. Anglers find good populations of smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, black crappie, bluegill, as well as rainbow trout, brown trout, and lake trout.
(Photo captions, top right): TWRA Executive Director, Ed Carter, (left) reaches across the bow to shake the hand of Bob Duncan, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, near the state line on South Holston Lake. (below) The two directors sign the new agreement which will allow more convenient fishing opportunities for residents of both states on the lake.