TWRA’s delayed harvest trout program (DH) goes great with this time of year. In the DH program, a section of a stream is stocked with trout in the fall and harvest is not allowed until the following spring around the time the regular trout stocking seasons begin. The locations are in the eastern half of the state.
Tennessee’s DH seasons end the last day of February when the streams open for harvest. Trout stocked in DH streams are of quality size and stocked in numbers to provide quality catch and release fishing. An additional benefit is the stocked fished will grow over the winter providing a boost to fishing quality once the spring season begins. During the catch-and-release season, harvest or possession of trout is prohibited and only artificial lures are permitted. The use or possession of bait is prohibited.