Fishing in Tennessee
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In Tennessee
Catfish are in virtually all waters in Tennessee. Major lakes
with catfish include 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.
Catfish are also found in most rivers, smaller lakes and ponds
Cumberland River - Lock C turned out the Tennessee state record
blue catfish and the TN state record channel catfish was pulled
out of Fall Creek Lake. The Hiwassee River was home to the TN state
record flathead catfish.
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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