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Fishing for striped bass in TN.

Striper Fishing Lakes In Tennessee

Boone Lake, Center Hill Lake, Cheatham Lake, Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Dale Hollow Reservoir, Douglas Lake, Fort Loudoun Lake, Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir, J Percy Priest Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Melton Hill Lake, Nickajack Lake, Norris Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Percy Priest Lake, Pickwick Lake, Reelfoot Lake, Tellico Reservoir, Tims Ford Lake and Watts Bar Lake all have quality schools of stripers. Cordell Hull Reservoir turned out the Tennessee state record striped bass.

While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes.

Mike Stapleton's 34-pound striper.

Fishing for Stripers in Tennessee

When fishing for stripers concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake. If you can locate schools of shad, stripers are often close by. When the baitfish are shallow over the deep water, you can catch stripers on crankbaits or by swimming spoons at appropriate depths. Check Tennessee fishing reports for current striper information. And for the ultimate thrill try large topwater baits if you see any surface feeding action. When the stripers are deep, jigs and jigging spoons work well. Live and cut bait will also take striped bass when they are in medium to deeper water. Fish nearby or in the river channel if it is a defined depth change. Trolling is also an excellent way to fish for stripers. Use flashy lures in bigger sizes.

Fishing for striped bass in Tennessee

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

TN State Record: 65 lbs 6 oz

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Learn the migration of stripers

The more you know about the seasonal migration of striped bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Tennessee striper fishing lakes. Stripers move up and down in the water column throughout the day in some seasons, while during other seasons they may stay deep and reasonably inactive. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.

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