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Tennessee Bass Fishing

All about fishing for spotted, redeye, smallmouth and largemouth bass in Tennessee lakes, rivers and streams.

Bass Fishing Lakes In Tennessee

If you like to fish for bass, you'll love Tennessee. Every major lake in the state is loaded with quality bass including Boone Lake, Center Hill Lake, Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Douglas Lake, Hull Lake, J Percy Priest Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Nickajack Lake, Norris Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Reelfoot Lake, South Holston Lake, Tellico Lake, Tims Ford Lake, Watauga Lake and Watts Bar Lake. Bass can also be found in smaller lakes rivers and ponds throughout the state.

Bass fishing in Tennessee

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Tennessee.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Volunteer State.

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Catch big bass!

Sugar Creek turned out the Tennessee state record largemouth bass and the TN state record smallmouth bass was pulled out of Dale Hollow Reservoir.

Fishing for bass In Tennessee

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

TN State Record: 14 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

TN State Record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

TN State Record: 6 lbs 1 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

TN State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

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Bass fishing information, by state.


Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Tennessee bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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