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AKA: John Sevier Detention Reservoir, John Sevier Lake

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth and white bass at John Sevier Reservoir in Tennessee.

John Sevier Reservoir, TN

Located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, John Sevier Reservoir is a 305-acre impoundment with bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, bluegill and other sunfish. A small boat launch ramp off Tunnel Hill Road, on Beech Creek, is the only formal place to launch. Canoes, kayaks and small craft can be portaged from other locations around the lake. There are no amenities, camping or marinas here, so bring what you need. The town of Rogersville is a couple miles north of the dam, where you can find lodging and dining options.

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John Sevier Detention Reservoir, located in Sullivan County, Tennessee, offers anglers a serene fishing experience and a chance to connect with nature. While it primarily serves as a detention basin for flood control, it also provides recreational opportunities such as fishing.

John Sevier Reservoir is known for its diverse fish populations, with popular species including largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. Anglers can target largemouth bass by casting near the submerged structures and vegetation around the lake. Crappie fishing is productive, particularly in the spring and fall when they congregate near submerged brush piles and fallen trees. Bluegill can be found near the shoreline and offer exciting fishing opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers.

While John Sevier Detention Reservoir may not offer extensive boating or camping opportunities, it provides a peaceful and accessible fishing experience for those looking to spend a relaxing day on the water. Anglers can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings while casting their lines for bass, crappie, and bluegill.

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Primary fish species residing in John Sevier Reservoir

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

John Sevier Reservoir Amenities

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

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

John Sevier TVA Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and both paved and gravel parking. It is located in the northeast side of the lake, off TVA Road.

Malindas Ferry TVA Boat Ramp
This is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking. It is located in the northeast part of the lake, just south of the Malindas Ferry Road bridge, at the west end of the bridge.

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Camping facilities are not available at John Sevier Detention Reservoir, as it is primarily a flood control area. However, there is a nearby camping option, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their stay and explore other recreational activities in the region.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

The closest camping is 15 miles away, in the Cherokee Lake Campground.

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Contact Information

John Sevier Reservoir
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
3030 Wildlife Wa
Morristown, TN 37814
423 587-7037


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Fishing at John Sevier Reservoir, in Tennessee.