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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, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and muskie at Douglas Lake in Tennessee.

Douglas Lake, TN

Tennessee's top crappie lake, Douglas Lake has everything it needs to be a great fishery. Fertile water, cover, structure, vegetation and forage fish all exist here in mass. This a 30,000-acre impoundment in the northeast part of the state, at Dandridge, TN. With 550 miles of shoreline, there's plenty of room for anglers, boaters, water skiers, swimmers and sailing vessels. Bring anything from a kayak or canoe, to a bass boat or pontoon boat and wet a line. Bass, walleye, crappie, catfish, sunfish, striped bass, muskie and other species roam these waters in impressive numbers. The lake is also known for lunkers. Most any time of year something is biting. In spring and fall concentrate on shallow water for bass and crappie. In summer and fall migrate with the fish to deeper holding areas around points, creek channels, ledges and submerged islands for schooling fish. Walleye, stripers and muskie spend significant time in deeper water but move shallow to feed any time the food source moves shallow.

Fishing Boats For Rent In TN

Primary fish species residing in Douglas 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 Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Muskie

Douglas 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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Fishing Boat Rentals

Douglas Lake Marina
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks and pontoons
877 379-1313

Mountain Cove Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 453-3506

Smoky Mountain Lake Adventures
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
800 635-6803

Swann's Marina
Rentals: Jon Boat fishing boats and pontoons
865 397-2182


Douglas Lake Marina
1199 TN-139
Dandridge, TN 37725
877 379-1313

Indian Creek Dock Marina
2321 Norman Way
Dandridge, TN 37725
865 397-7286

Lighthouse Pointe Marina
1209 TN-139
Dandridge, TN 37725
865 397-7997

Mountain Cove Marina
1590 Dyke Rd
Sevierville, TN 37876
865 453-3506

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Douglas Headwater Campground Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, just south of the dam, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Douglas Lake TVA Boat Access
This is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking. It is located mid lake, north side off Flat Woods Road.

Indian Creek Dock
This includes two, one-lane ramps with a dock and limited, gravel parking. It is located in the south-central portion of the lake, south side, off Norman Way.

Tva Boat Ramp, Newport TN
Located in the far northeast corner of the lake, south side, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

TVA Free Launch For Fishermen & Recreational Watercraft
This is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking. It is located in the northeast sector of the lake, off Oak Grove Road.

TVA Public Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, at the north end of the Highway 92 bridge, it is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking.

TWRA Flat Creek Access
This is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking. It is located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Providence Roar

Shady Grove Boat Launch
Located in the northwest section of the lake, north side, off Flora Road, this is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Douglas Dam Campground - 865 361-1379

Douglas Lake Campground - 865 397-2998

Fancher's Campground & Cabin Rentals - 865 397-3510

Anchor Down RV Resort - 877 784-4446

Douglas Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Douglas Lake
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Dr
Knoxville TN 37902
865 632-2101


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Douglas Lake in Tennessee.

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Fishing at Douglas Lake, in Tennessee.