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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, striped bass, muskie, paddlefish and sauger at Norris Lake in Tennessee.

Norris Lake, TN

Notorious for exceptional striped bass fishing, Norris Lake is a sprawling, 34,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, with a wide variety of fish species. Stripers exceeding 50 pounds are common here. Anglers can also fish for bass, crappie, trout, white bass, walleye, muskie, sunfish, and many other species. And, the fishing is highly rated for most all species in the lake. With over 800 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of places to wet a line. With all the state parks and campgrounds around the lake, it's easy to find a place to fish from shore, or launch a kayak or canoe. Numerous boat launch ramps make it easy for launching larger fishing and pleasure boats. The lake is a maze of points, creek channels, ledges, humps and islands for the fish to call home. In spring and fall there is lots of shallow activity. In summer and winter the fish tend to school in deeper water around channels and structure. The lower end of the lake is a popular area for big stripers, year round.

Fishing Boats For Rent In TN

Primary fish species residing in Norris Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Striped bass Muskie Paddlefish Sauger

Norris 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

Beach Island Resort & Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 992-3091

Hickory Star Resort & Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 992-5241

Indian River Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
423 562-5290

Lone Mountain Marina & Campground
Rentals: Pontoon boats
423 626-9437

Mountain Lake Marina & Campground
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoons
865 630-1221

Norris Dam Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 494-8138

Norris Landing Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoons
423 626-1818

Sequoyah Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 494-7984

Stardust Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 494-7641

Straight Creek Boat Dock
Rentals: Pontoon boats
423 626-5826

Waterside Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 494-9649

Whitman Hollow Boat Dock
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoons
423 562-9941

Marinas

Beach Island Resort & Marina
170 Beach Island Rd
Maynardville, TN 37807
865 992-3091

Deerfield Cove Marina
156 Launch Ln
LaFollette, TN 37766
423 907-9755

Flat Hollow Marina & Resort
185 Flat Hollow, Dock Circle
Speedwell, TN 37870
423 562-8314

Hickory Star Resort & Marina
1360 Hickory Star Rd
Maynardville, TN 37807
865 992-5241

Indian River Marina
740 Indian River Boat Dock Rd
Jacksboro, TN 37757
423 562-5290

Lone Mountain Marina & Campground
325 Lone Mountain Boat Dock Ln
Tazewell, TN 37879
423 626-9437

Mountain Lake Marina & Campground
136 Campground Rd
Rocky Top, TN 37769
865 630-1221

Norris Dam Marina
1604 Norris Fwy
Norris, TN 37828
865 494-8138

Norris Landing Marina
1015 Marina Landing Road
Tazewell, TN 37879
423 626-1818

Sequoyah Marina
336 Lakeview Ln
Andersonville, TN 37705
865 494-7984

Stardust Marina
149 Stardust Ln
Andersonville, TN 37705
865 494-7641

Straight Creek Boat Dock
775 Straight Creek Dock Rd
New Tazewell, TN 37825
423 626-5826

Twin Cove Resort and Marina
1835 Ridge Rd
Caryville, TN 37714
423 566-0976

Waterside Marina
408 Dock Rd
Andersonville, TN 37705
865 494-9649

Whitman Hollow Boat Dock
1203 Whitman Hollow Rd
LaFollette, TN 37766
423 562-9941

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Anderson County Park Boat Access
Located in Anderson County Park, mid lake on the south side, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Big Creek Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and plenty of parking.

Blue Mud Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with limited gravel parking. It is located in Big Ridge State Park, in the southeast sector of the lake, off Highway 61.

Judge Willard J. Brogan's TVA Boat Ramp
This is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of gravel parking. It is located in the northeast sector of the lake, on the north side.

Point 19 Boat Ramp
Located on the west side of the main body of water, just north of Loyston Point Recreation Area, this is a large launch area with a four-lane, concrete ramp, a dock and tons of paved parking.

Mountain Lake Marina Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest sector of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Norris Dam Boat Launch Ramp
Located at Norris Dam Marina, immediately west of the dam, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Straight Creek Boat Dock Launch Area
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking. It is located in the northwest corner of the lake.

Whitman Hollow Public Boat Launch
This is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking. It is located in the back of Whitman Hollow, in the northwest section of the lake.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Norris Dam State Park Campground - 865 426-7461

Loyston Point Campground - 865 494-9369

Big Ridge State Park Campground - 865 992-5523

Hickory Star Campground - 865 992-5241

Powell Valley Resort Campground - 423 562-5975

Lost Creek Campground - 865 278-3539

Beach Island Resort & Marina Campground - 865 992-3091

Lakeside Campground - 423 626-2320

Cedar Grove Marina & Campground - 865 278-3131

Bunch Hollow Campground & Resort - 865 919-2427

Norris Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Norris Lake
Norris Dam State Park
125 Village Green Circle
Rocky Top, Tennessee 37769
865 426-7461

 

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Norris Reservoir in Tennessee.

Exceptional striped bass fishing in northeast TN.

Fishing at Norris Lake, in Tennessee.