South Holston Lake

South Holston Lake is located near the cities of Abingdon, Virginia and Bristol, Virginia / Bristol, Tennessee, and is a 7,580-acre (31 km2) impoundment operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Much of the reservoir is in Tennessee, but the Virginia portion of the reservoir offers anglers more than 1,600 acres (6 km2) of water. At this time there is a South Holston Reservoir Fishing License that will allow anglers from the two states to fish the entire lake with the purchase of this license.[1]

South Holston Lake
South Holston Lake viewed from Holston High Knob on Holston Mountain.
LocationSullivan County, Tennessee / Washington County, Virginia,
United States
Coordinates36°31′27″N 82°05′15″W / 36.52417°N 82.08750°W / 36.52417; -82.08750Coordinates: 36°31′27″N 82°05′15″W / 36.52417°N 82.08750°W / 36.52417; -82.08750
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area7,580 acres (31 km2)

Fishing and area informationEdit

South Holston offers good fishing for a variety of species. Black bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, sunfish, and catfish are a few of the most sought after species. Predatory fish have diverse and abundant forage in the form of alewives, gizzard shad, threadfin shad and shiners. The lake's shoreline habitats offer anglers a good diversity of structure including rock bluffs, shale banks and flat clay points. Anglers who prefer trolling will also find a good selection of open water structure ranging from mud flats to river channel drop-offs to submerged islands.


Every year on the 4th of July, the area has a fireworks display in which the fireworks can be seen everywhere over the lake. There are also many fishing and boat racing events in the summer.


  1. ^ Tennis, Joe (2004). Southwest Virginia Crossroads. The Overmountain Press. ISBN 1-57072-256-0.

External linksEdit