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Tennessee fishing offers many opportunities to catch the fish of your dreams. From giant stripers, to huge bass, boatloads of big crappie and huge walleyes...to monster catfish. Tennessee sports a million surface acres of water for all your fishing interests. Big lakes, small ponds, streams, creeks and rivers are scattered throughout the state.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and spotted gar in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Tennessee Lakes

Tennessee major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Tennessee, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Tennessee, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Tennessee Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Boone Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Bluff City, TN.

Center Hill Lake is an 18,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Silver Point, TN.

Cherokee Lake is a 30,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Jefferson City, TN.

Chickamauga Lake is a 35,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Chatanooga, TN.

Dale Hollow Lake is a 28,000-acre lake in Kentucky and Tennessee on the northern border of the state, near Oakley, TN.

Douglas Lake is a 30,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Dandridge, TN.

Hull Lake is a 12,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Granville, TN.

J Percy Priest Lake is a 14,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Nashville, TN.

Kentucky Lake is a 160,000-acre lake in Kentucky and Tennessee on the northern border of the state, at Camden, TN.

Lake Barkley is a 58,000-acre lake in Kentucky and Tennessee on the northern border of the state, at Dover, TN.

Nickajack Lake is an 11,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Guild, TN.

Norris Lake is a 34,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Lake City, TN.

Old Hickory Lake is a 23,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Gallatin, TN.

Reelfoot Lake is a 15,400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Samburg, TN.

South Holston Lake is a 10,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Harr, TN.

Tellico Lake is a 15,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lenoir City, TN.

Tims Ford Lake is a 10,500-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Winchester, TN.

Watauga Lake is a 6,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Fish Springs, TN.

Watts Bar Lake is a 38,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Grandview, TN.

Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee - Home of big bass
Plenty of shallow cover awaits anglers.

Acquire a Tennessee fishing license here. Information about fishing in Tennessee is also available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website.

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Fish for big bass in Tennessee

Excellent largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and redeye bass fishing awaits anglers in TN. Quality and quantity in a beautiful state. What more could one ask?

Fish Species in Tennessee

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

Fishing for catfish in Tennessee

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

TN State Record: 41 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

TN State Record: 85 lbs 15 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

TN State Record: 112 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for crappie in Tennessee

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

TN State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

TN State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for walleye in Tennessee

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz*

TN State Record: 25 lbs 0 oz*

Fishing for trout in Tennessee

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

TN State Record: 16 lbs 15 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

TN State Record: 0 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

TN State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

TN State Record: 28 lbs 12 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

TN State Record: 22 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for panfish in Tennessee

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

TN State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

TN State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

TN State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

TN State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

TN State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

TN State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

TN State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

TN State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

TN State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

TN State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

TN State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

TN State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

TN State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Tennessee

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

TN State Record: 65 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for other species in Tennessee

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

TN State Record: 15 lbs 7 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

TN State Record: 7 lbs 7 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

TN State Record: 38 lbs 3 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

TN State Record: 42 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

TN State Record: 24 lbs 8 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

TN State Record: 95 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

TN State Record: 7 lbs 6 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

TN State Record: 10 lbs 12 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

TN State Record: 10 lbs 10 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 

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