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Old Hickory Lake, TN

Popular Fish Species Old Hickory Lake, TN

Old Hickory Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Not surprisingly, largemouth bass are the most sought after fish in Old Hickory Lake again this year. Great fisheries management, fertile water and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass, make this a virtual bass factory. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Old Hickory Lake Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie run in big schools and are growing to bragging size throughout Old Hickory Lake, this year. Crappie fishing has been quite good when you find them. They can be found around brush, trees and other cover. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Old Hickory Lake Popular Fish - Striped Bass

Striped Bass Fishing

Due to their large size, striped bass are a favorite of many locals and fishing guides at Old Hickory Lake. They are plentiful, run in schools and can grow to bragging size. Being successful at fishing for stripers is a matter of locating schools of bait, and the wolf packs of stripers which are likely to be nearby. Fish finders, and forward facing sonar, are a big help in locating these roaming schools. Live bait is very effective here, and stripers can be caught year round.

Old Hickory Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to 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 Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee.

Situated in the northeast outskirts of Nashville, Old Hickory Lake is a 23,000-acre reservoir in the north-central part of the state. Over 440 miles of shoreline provides ample opportunity for anglers to drop a line. Much of the lake is surrounded by residential homes. However, there are parks and other areas allowing places for fishing from the bank. Fishing boats, kayaks and canoes allow anglers to cover more water and improve the odds of locating schools of fish.

Old Hickory Lake, located in central Tennessee, offers anglers a diverse fishing experience, abundant boating opportunities, and scenic camping options. This 22,500-acre reservoir, formed by the Cumberland River, provides excellent fishing for a variety of popular fish species.

Old Hickory Lake is known for its fantastic bass fishing. Largemouth bass are abundant in the lake and attract anglers of all skill levels. The lake's structure, including submerged brush, boat docks, and rocky shorelines, provides ideal habitats for these prized game fish. Anglers can employ various techniques such as flipping, pitching, and topwater fishing to entice the bass. The lake's healthy bass population and the opportunity to catch trophy-sized fish make it a favorite destination for anglers.

In addition to bass, Old Hickory Lake supports other popular fish species. Crappie fishing is productive, with both black and white crappie offering anglers plenty of action. Anglers can find success near submerged brush piles, fallen trees, and bridge pilings, where crappie often congregate. The lake is also home to catfish, including channel catfish and blue catfish, which can be targeted using various baits and techniques. Other species found in the lake include sauger, walleye, and sunfish, providing anglers with additional fishing opportunities.

Old Hickory Lake's combination of excellent fishing, boating opportunities, and camping facilities make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Tennessee. Whether you're targeting bass, crappie, or catfish, enjoying a leisurely boat ride, or camping by the lakeside, Old Hickory Lake offers a serene and enjoyable environment for all who visit.

The lake has a wide array of fish species swimming in its waters. Bass, crappie, catfish, walleye, striped bass, sunfish and other species reside here, and for the most part are here in bragging size and quantity. As a general rule, fish shallow in spring and fall. During summer and winter the fish may be more inclined to hang around deeper creek channels, submerged humps, points and ledges.

Fishing Boats For Rent In TN

Primary fish species residing in Old Hickory 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

Old Hickory Lake Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a favored activity on Old Hickory Lake, thanks to its extensive water surface and numerous marinas. Anglers and boating enthusiasts can launch their boats from public ramps and explore the lake's many bays, channels, and open waters. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, engage in water sports activities, or simply relax while taking in the picturesque views of the lake's shoreline and surrounding wooded areas.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Blue Turtle Bay Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
615 847-4022

Cedar Creek Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and deck boats
615 758-5174

Gallatin Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
615 452-9876


Anchor High Marina
128 River Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075
615 826-2628

Blue Turtle Bay Marina
2001 Riverside Dr
Old Hickory, TN 37138
615 847-4022

Cedar Creek Marina
9120 Saundersville Rd
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
615 758-5174

Creekwood Marina
259 Sanders Ferry Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075
615 824-7963

Drakes Creek Marina
441 Sanders Ferry Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075
615 822-0547

Gallatin Marina
727 Marina Pvt Dr
Gallatin, TN 37066
615 452-9876

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Avondale Access Area
This is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking. It is located in the northwest sector, on the north side of the lake.

Davis Corner Boat Ramp
Located in the south-central sector of the lake, off Highway 109 and Burton Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Mallard Point Park Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest sector of the lake, north side, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

North Cairo Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Old Hickory Gallatin Boat Ramp
This is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking. It is located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, east side of the bay, off Marina Pvt Drive.

Rockland Boat Ramp
Located at the western end of the lake, off Rockland Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Stark Knob Boat Ramp
This is a one-lane, concrete ramp with very limited paved parking. It is located located in the southwest sector of the lake, on the north side.

Station Camp Creek Access
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking. It is southeast of the intersection of Douglas Bend Drive and Nashville Pike.

Tyree Access Boat Ramp
This is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking. It is located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, east side of the bay.

Fishing Guides On Old Hickory Lake

Old Hickory Lake Guide Service - bass, crappie

If you offer fishing guide services on Old Hickory Lake, please contact us for a free listing to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Tennessee Fishing License.

Camping facilities near Old Hickory Lake offer visitors the opportunity to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds provide amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Old Hickory Lake allows anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to make the most of their fishing adventures and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake and its surrounding woodlands.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cedar Creek Campground - 615 754-4947

Cages Bend Campground - 615 824-4989

Boxwell Reservation Campground - 615 383-9724

Old Hickory Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Old Hickory Lake
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
615 822-4846


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Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee.

Bass, catfish, crappie, walleye and striped bass fishing in north-central TN.

Fishing at Old Hickory Lake, in Tennessee.