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All about fishing in the Volunteer State

  • Boone Lake, TN
  • Calderwood Reservoir, TN
  • Center Hill Lake, TN
  • Cheatham Lake, TN
  • Cherokee Lake, TN
  • Chickamauga Lake, TN
  • Chilhowee Lake, TN
  • Cordell Hull Lake, TN
  • Dale Hollow Reservoir, TN
  • Douglas Lake, TN
  • Fort Loudoun Lake, TN
  • Fort Patrick Henry Lake, TN
  • Great Falls Lake, TN
  • John Sevier Reservoir, TN
  • Kentucky Lake, TN
  • Lake Barkley, TN
  • Melton Hill Lake, TN
  • Nickajack Lake, TN
  • Normandy Lake, TN
  • Norris Lake, TN
  • Ocoee Lake, TN
  • Old Hickory Lake, TN
  • Parksville Reservoir, TN
  • Percy Priest Lake, TN
  • Pickwick Lake, TN
  • Reelfoot Lake, TN
  • South Holston Lake, TN
  • Tellico Reservoir, TN
  • Tims Ford Lake, TN
  • Watauga Lake, TN
  • Watts Bar Lake, TN
  • Woods Reservoir, TN

Tennessee fishing offers many opportunities to catch the fish of your dreams. From giant stripers, to huge bass, boatloads of big crappie and huge walleyes...to monster catfish. Tennessee sports a million surface acres of water for all your fishing interests. Big lakes, small ponds, streams, creeks and rivers are scattered throughout the state.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and spotted gar in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Tennessee Lakes

Tennessee major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes and reservoirs.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in TN, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Boone Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Bluff City.

Calderwood Lake is a 514-acre reservoir on the southeast Tennessee border with NC, 20 miles south of Maryville.

Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles south of Huntingdon.

Center Hill Lake is an 18,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Silver Point, Tennessee.

Cheatham Lake is a 7,400-acre lake in north-central Tennessee, half way between Clarksville and Nashville.

Cherokee Lake is a 30,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Jefferson City.

Chickamauga Lake is a 35,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Chatanooga.

Chilhowee Lake is a 1,750-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Chilhowee.

Cordell Hull Lake is a 12,000 acre lake in the north-central part of TN, at Granville.

Dale Hollow Reservoir is a 28,000-acre lake in Kentucky and Tennessee on the northern border of the state, near Oakley.

Davy Crockett Lake is a 380-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 7 miles south of Greeneville.

Douglas Lake is a 30,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Dandridge.

Fort Loudoun Lake is a 14,500-acre reservoir in east-central part of the state, at the southwest outskirts of Knoxville.

Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir is a 872-acre reservoir in northeast Tennessee, 5 miles south of Kingsport.

Garrett Lake - 200-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 9 miles northeast of Dresden.

Gibson County Lake - 560-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 3 miles east of Trenton.

Great Falls Lake is an 1,800-acre lake in central Tennessee, at Rock Island.

J. Percy Priest Lake is a 14,200-acre reservoir in the north-central part of Tennessee, on the northeast outskirts of Nashville.

John Sevier Reservoir is a 305-acre lake in the northeast corner of Tennessee, 30 miles west of Kingsport.

Kentucky Lake is a 160,000-acre lake in Kentucky and Tennessee on the northern border of the state, at Camden.

Lake Barkley is a 58,000-acre lake in Kentucky and Tennessee on the northern border of the state, at Dover.

Melton Hill Lake is a 5,700-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 4 miles southeast of Oak Ridge.

Nickajack Lake is an 10,370-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Guild.

Normandy Lake is a 2,500-acre lake in the south-central portion of the state, 5 miles from Manchester.

Norris Lake is a 34,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Lake City.

Ocoee Lake is a 1,900-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, at Ocoee.

Old Hickory Lake is a 23,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Gallatin.

Parksville Reservoir is a 1,900-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, at Ocoee.

Percy Priest Lake is a 14,200-acre reservoir in the north-central part of Tennessee, on the northeast outskirts of Nashville.

Pickwick Lake is a 43,000-acre lake on the southern border of Tennessee, at Red Sulphur Springs.

Reelfoot Lake is a 15,400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Samburg.

South Holston Lake is a 10,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Harr.

Tellico Reservoir is a 15,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lenoir City.

Tims Ford Lake is a 10,500-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Winchester.

Watauga Lake is a 6,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Fish Springs.

Watts Bar Lake is a 39,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Grandview.

Woods Reservoir is a 4,000 acre lake in the south-central part of TN, 4 miles from Tullahoma.

Fish Species & State Records in Tennessee

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 3 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

State Record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 1 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 41 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 85 lbs 15 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 112 lbs 0 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 7 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz*

State Record: 25 lbs 0 oz*

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 6 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 12 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 8 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 0 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 28 lbs 12 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 22 lbs 2 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Stripers

Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 65 lbs 6 oz

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striper (Cherokee)

World record: 27 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 23 lbs 3 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 7 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 7 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 38 lbs 3 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 43 lbs 14 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 24 lbs 8 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 95 lbs 0 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 10 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee - Home of big bass
Plenty of shallow cover awaits anglers.

Acquire a Tennessee fishing license here. Information about fishing in Tennessee is also available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Tennessee and other boating information.

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Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and redeye bass fishing awaits anglers. Quality and quantity in a beautiful state. What more could one ask?

 

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