Tennessee Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  315

State Sportfish:  Smallmouth Bass

Notable Records:  an 11lb 15oz. smallmouth bass from Dale Hollow Reservoir, a 14lb 8oz. largemouth bass from Sugar Creek, a 28lb 12oz. brown trout from Clinch River, a 25lb walleye from Old Hickory Reservoir, a 90lb bighead carp from Guntersville Reservoir

Fishing Regs:  To visit the site for regs click here or download (right click ,save as) them here (Tennessee fishing regs).

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents   Non-Res.+ trout
Annual $28.00 $41.00   $81.00
1-day $5.50 $8.00   $16.00
3-day N/A $16.50   $33.50
10-day N/A $25.50   $50.50
Trout $18.00      

For additional info. on licenses click here.

Quickcast:  Tennessee has one of the most diverse freshwater fish populations in the U.S.  There’s a good deal of rivers and streams that cut through the state as well as a few major lakes.  In the Northeast is the Clinch River which brings in anglers primarily for trophy trout (especially brown trout).  In the mid-North of Tennessee is a lake called Dale Hollow.  This hollow holds world record smallmouth bass as well as walleye, spotted bass, rainbows, browns and muskie.  Kentucky Lake is found in the Northwest region of the state and is home to white bass, crappie and largemouth bass.  South of Kentucky Lake is the Tennessee River.  This river is home to monster catfish like blue cats and flatheads.  Also, prevalent are largemouth bass and stripers.    In the mid-south region are places like Tims Ford Lake, Elk River and Woods Reservoir. Woods is definitely a place for largemouth but is possibly better for crappie.  Also in the lake are smallmouths, walleye, muskie, flathead cats, blue cats and channel cats.  To the East of Woods Reservoir is Watts Bar Lake which hosts largemouth bass, spotted bass and crappie.