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Fishing At Great Falls Lake In 2024

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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 and muskie at Great Falls Lake in Tennessee.

Great Falls Lake, TN

With over 120 miles of shoreline, Great Falls Lake has plenty of places to wet a line. Created from the confluence of the Caney Fork River, Collins River and the Rocky River, this 1,800-acre lake in central Tennessee, supports a host of fresh-water fish species. Bass and crappie are the featured species, but the lake also contains quality populations of catfish, walleye, sunfish, muskie and others. Fishing from a boat enhances the opportunity for success, but there are areas for fishing from shore. Kayaks and canoes are an option for anglers hoping to get some exercise while fishing. The lake is lined with boat docks and a fair amount of trees and brush also provide cover for bass and crappie.

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The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Great Falls Lake, located in Middle Tennessee, offers anglers a picturesque setting for fishing, boating, and camping. This 1,800-acre reservoir, formed by the Caney Fork River, provides a variety of fish species and recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Great Falls 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 trees, rock formations, and points, provides ideal habitats for these species. Anglers can employ various techniques such as flipping, topwater fishing, and finesse presentations to entice the bass. The lake's healthy bass population ensures plenty of action and the opportunity to catch trophy-sized fish.

In addition to bass, Great Falls Lake supports populations of other popular fish species. Crappie fishing is productive, with both black and white crappie offering angling opportunities. Anglers can find success by targeting submerged brush piles, submerged timber, and drop-offs where crappie often congregate. The lake also provides excellent catfish fishing, with channel catfish and blue catfish available for anglers to target. Other species found in the lake include walleye, sauger, and sunfish, offering additional fishing options.

Great Falls Lake's combination of excellent fishing, boating opportunities, and camping facilities make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Tennessee. Whether you're targeting bass, crappie, or catfish, enjoying a leisurely boat ride, or camping by the lakeside, Great Falls Lake offers a serene and enjoyable environment for all who visit.

Primary fish species residing in Great Falls Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish Muskie

Great Falls Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favored activity on Great Falls Lake, thanks to its calm waters and scenic surroundings. Anglers and boating enthusiasts can launch their boats from public ramps and explore the lake's various coves, channels, and open waters. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, water sports activities, and the opportunity to take in the beautiful views of the surrounding hills and forests.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Kings Landing Ramp
Located mid lake, north side, at the end of Kings Landing road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Click here for a Tennessee Fishing License.

Camping facilities near Great Falls Lake provide visitors with the opportunity to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds offer amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Great Falls Lake allows anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake and its surrounding natural scenery.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Camp Overton Campground - 931 686-2093

Hy-Lake Christian Camp Campground - 931 657-5012

Collins River Camp, Ramp & RV Campground - 931 686-4468

Great Falls Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Great Falls Lake
Rock Island State Park
82 Beach Rd
Rock Island, TN 38581
931 686-2471


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