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Reservoir Regulations – Region 3

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Full pool elevation is the reservoir/stream boundary for harvest restrictions unless otherwise noted.

Statewide regulations apply for any species not mentioned under each listed reservoir section.

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Region 3

Center Hill

Chickamauga

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination, only one may be a smallmouth bass
  • Largemouth bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Smallmouth bass: 1 per day, 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted bass: no length limit
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass: 2 per day in combination, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Sauger: 10 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Paddlefish: 2 per day; season is open from April 24 through May 31.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit

Cordell Hull

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination
  • Largemouth Bass: 17–23 inch PLR, 1 fish over 23 inches, 2 under 17 inches
  • Smallmouth bass: 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted Bass: no minimum length
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass: 2 per day in combination.
  • Striped Bass: 32–42 inch PLR. Only one fish may be over 42 inches.
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Sauger: 10 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Paddlefish: 2 per day; season is open from April 24 through May 31.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit

Dale Hollow

  • All Species: 3 pole limit per angler from boat and 6 pole limit per angler from bank may be used
  • Largemouth/Spotted/Smallmouth Bass: 5 per day in combination, only two may be smallmouth bass
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted Bass: no length limit
  • Smallmouth Bass: 2 per day, 16–21 inch PLR. One fish may be under 16 inches and one may be over 21 inches. Includes Wolf River upstream to South Ford Road bridge.
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit
  • Trout: 7 per day, no length limit
  • Special Restrictions: January 1–April 30: on the east fork of the Obey from Compton boat ramp upstream to Hwy. 52 bridge, anglers are restricted to the use of one hook having a single point, or one lure with a single hook with one point. No more than 3 rods and reels or poles per angler may be used.

Great Falls

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Smallmouth Bass: 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted Bass: no length limit
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 36 inch minimum length limit
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit

Guntersville

  • Largemouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination, no length limit
  • Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day in combination, 9 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass: 2 per day in combination, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Sauger: 10 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Paddlefish: 2 per day; season is open from April 24 through May 31.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit

Nickajack

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass: 5 per day in combination, only one may be smallmouth bass
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted Bass: From Chickamauga Dam downstream to mouth of South Chickamauga Creek, 15 per day, no length limit. Rest of reservoir: 5 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass: 2 per day in combination, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Sauger: 10 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Paddlefish: 2 per day; season is open from April 24 through May 31.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit

Parksville

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination
  • Largemouth Bass: 14 inch minimum length limit
  • Smallmouth Bass: 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted Bass: no length limit
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit
  • Trout: 7 per day, no length limit

Watts Bar

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Smallmouth Bass: 18 inch minimum length limit
  • Spotted Bass: no length limit
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day
  • Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass: April 1–October 31: 2 per day in combination. November 1–March 31: 2 per day in combination, only one may be a striped bass.
  • Striped Bass: April 1–October 31: 15 inch minimum length limit November 1–March 31: 36 inch minimum length limit
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit
  • Sauger: 10 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Paddlefish: 2 per day; season is open from April 24 through May 31.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit
  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 36 inch minimum length limit
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit

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