Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Tennessee
All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.
Boone Lake, Calderwood Reservoir, Center Hill Lake, Chilhowee Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Dale Hollow Reservoir, Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir, Norris Lake, Ocoee Lake, Parksville Reservoir, South Holston Lake, Tellico Reservoir and Watauga Lake are major lakes in Tennessee with quality populations of trout. Other smaller lakes, rivers and ponds are stocked with trout or have small sustained populations of trout as well.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 18 lbs 8 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 0 lbs 6 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 28 lbs 12 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 22 lbs 2 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Tennessee Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was taken from a pond in Polk County.
The Obey River was home to the state record cutthroat trout.
The Caney Fork River turned out the state record brook trout.
The state record brown trout was pulled out of the Clinch River.
The state record lake trout came out of Watauga Reservoir.
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources website for information on trout stockings in Tennessee.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
Trout locations and info, by state.
Learn the habits of trout
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Tennessee waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.