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Guide To Fishing At Cheatham Lake

AKA: Cheatham Reservoir, Lake Cheatham

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, paddlefish and sauger at Cheatham Lake in Tennessee.

Cheatham Lake, TN

Quality largemouth bass, sauger and white bass are featured species at Cheatham Lake. This 7,400-acre fishery in north-central Tennessee is half way between Clarksville and Nashville. Smallmouth and spotted bass, as well as crappie, catfish, walleye, sunfish and paddlefish also reside in Cheatham Reservoir. This is a great lake to fish from the bank and introduce kids to fishing. The impoundment is a section of the Cumberland River bed and flooded areas along the river. Bass and crappie action, in the shallows, can be fast and furious during spring, while sunfish, white bass and stripers are favorites during summer months when they school in deeper parts of the lake. Public boat ramps are available for launching pleasure and fishing boats. Kayaks, canoes and small watercraft portage is available from many camping and picnicking areas along the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Cheatham Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Yellow Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Paddlefish Sauger

Cheatham Lake Amenities

Marina: FIVE
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Harpeth Shoals Marina
230 Warioto Way
Ashland City, TN 37015
615 792-6652

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bluff Creek Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking

Johnson Creek Recreation Area Launch Ramp
This boat ramp is located on the east side of the Old Lock A Road, in Johnson Creek. It is a one-lane, concrete ramp with limited, paved parking.

Pardue Boat Launch
This is located at the junction of the Cumberland River and the Harpeth River, on the south side of the lake. It is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Riverbluff Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located just south of the Cumberland Street Bridge, on the east side of the lake, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lock A Campground - 615 792-3715

Harpeth River Bridge Campsite - 615 792-4195

RV Park at Riverview Campground - 615 714-8901

Edgar Evins State Park Campground - 931 858-2446

Cheatham Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Cheatham Lake
Edgar Evins State Park
1630 Edgar Evins State Park Rd
Silver Point, TN 38582
931 858-2446


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Cheatham Lake in Tennessee.

Smallmouth and spotted bass fishing in north-central TN.

Fishing at Cheatham Lake, in Tennessee.