Conasauga River Professional Review and Guide
"Considered by some authorities to be one of the top 100 trout streams in the nation, the pristine 15-mile stretch of the Conasauga River is within the Cohutta Wilderness Area. The core of the Conasauga River trout fishery is found on the 37,000 acres of the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Travel in this block of rugged mountain country is restricted to non-mechanical methods of transportation, which in practice means on foot, or in a few designated areas, on horseback.
Although the designated trout water portion of the river extends beyond the wilderness area, it is marginal trout fishing at best. Some brown trout are also present, and what they lack in numbers they make up for in size. At the highest elevations in the tributaries and main stem itself, even brook trout are a possibility. Since no stocking has occurred in the river in many years, all trout are stream-spawned fish. Although rainbows up to 20 inches and browns weighing more than 5 pounds are possible, most fish caught will be in the 10-inch range. Because the Conasauga River flows through a valley that has laid undisturbed for many years now, the stream remains clear even during high water."