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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, paddlefish and sauger at Cordell Hull Lake in Tennessee.

Cordell Hull Lake, TN

Easy access off I-40, and over 380 miles of shoreline make Cordell Hull Lake a favorite location for boating and fishing. With more than twenty boat ramps and plenty of camping options around the lake, it's easy to enjoy the great outdoors here. There are 12,000 surface acres to explore as you pursue a vide variety of fish species. Cool water from Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake make this an ideal lake for walleye, sauger, stripers, hybrid striped bass and white bass. Yet these waters are warm enough for warm-water species including bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish and paddlefish. Along with abundant forage, these species thrive, and together provide very positive fishing experiences. Fishing from shore is popular, as is canoe and kayak fishing. In addition to fishing, boating, sailing, water sports, picnicking, hiking and camping are at your beckon call. Marinas, lodging, dining and shopping are available at and nearby to enhance your stay at Cordell Hull Reservoir.

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Cordell Hull Lake, located in central Tennessee, offers anglers a fantastic fishing experience along with opportunities for boating and camping. This 12,000-acre reservoir, situated on the Cumberland River, provides a diverse range of fish species and a scenic environment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Cordell Hull Lake is known for its excellent fishing, particularly for bass. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the primary targets for anglers, and the lake's structure, including submerged timber and rocky areas, provides ideal habitats for these species. Anglers can enjoy casting with a variety of lures, such as plastic worms, crankbaits, and topwater baits, to entice these bass. The lake's healthy bass population ensures ample opportunities for anglers to land some impressive catches.

In addition to bass, Cordell Hull Lake supports populations of other popular fish species. Crappie fishing is excellent, with both black and white crappie providing opportunities for anglers to fill their stringers. Catfish enthusiasts can target channel catfish and blue catfish, which can be found in the lake's deeper sections and around submerged structures. Other species such as sauger, walleye, and sunfish are also present, offering additional angling options for visitors.

Cordell Hull Lake's combination of excellent fishing, boating opportunities, and camping facilities make it a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Tennessee. Whether you're casting for bass, crappie, or catfish, cruising the calm waters on a boat, or camping by the lakeside, Cordell Hull Lake offers a serene and enjoyable environment for all who visit.

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Primary fish species residing in Cordell Hull Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Yellow Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Paddlefish Sauger

Cordell Hull Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favorite activity on Cordell Hull Lake, thanks to its calm waters and scenic surroundings. Anglers and boating enthusiasts can launch their boats from the lake's public access points and explore its vast expanse. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, water sports activities, or simply soak in the picturesque views provided by the surrounding rolling hills and lush forests.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Defeated Creek Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoons
615 774-3131


Defeated Creek Marina
160 Marina Ln
Carthage, TN 37030
615 774-3131

Wildwood Resort & Marina
7316 Granville Hwy
Granville, TN 38564
931 653-4360

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Defeated Creek Marina Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, nearby Defeated Creek Campground, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Wildwood Resort & Marina Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking. It is located off Granville Highway, in the southeast corner of the lake.

Click here for a Tennessee Fishing License.

Camping facilities near Cordell Hull Lake provide opportunities for visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds offer amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Cordell Hull Lake allows anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their stay and make the most of their fishing adventures, enjoying the tranquility of the lake and its scenic surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Defeated Creek Campground - 615 774-3141

Made In the Shade RV Park Campground - 931 653-4486

Indian Creek Campground - 615 897-2233

Salt Lick Creek Campground - 931 678-4718

US Army Corps of Engineers Campground - 931 678-4718

Cordell Hull Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Cordell Hull Lake
US Army Corps of Engineers
801 Broadway A415
Nashville, TN 37203


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Cordell Hull Lake in Tennessee.

Striper, hybrid striped bass and white bass fishing in north-central TN.

Fishing at Cordell Hull Lake, in Tennessee.