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Streams & Rivers

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  • Exceptions To Statewide Fishing Regulations On Streams and Rivers (also see trout streams)

Buffalo Creek (Grainger County)

Closed to all fishing and minnow seining upstream from the mill dam.

Calfkiller River and tributaries

  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit.

Caney Fork River (headwaters of Center Hill Reservoir)

Walleye run regulation in effect on the upper end of Center Hill Reservoir, including the Caney Fork River beginning at the boat ramp at Rock Island State Park and extending upstream to Great Falls Dam. Anglers restricted to use of one hook having a single barb or lure containing a single hook with one barb from Jan. 1–Apr. 30. No more than 3 rods and reels or poles may be used.

Caney Fork River (above Center Hill Dam) and tributaries

  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit.

Clear Creek (tributary to the Clinch River – Anderson County)

Closed to fishing and minnow seining from Hwy. 441 upstream to the second dam (adjacent to the city of Norris water tower), as posted from Nov. 1–Mar. 31.

Clinch River

  • Norris Reservoir upstream to Grissom Island: Sauger and Walleye (in combination) — 5 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit
  • Hwy. 25E upstream to state line: 13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Collins River and tributaries

  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit.

East Fork of the Obey River (headwaters of Dale Hollow Reservoir)

Walleye run regulation in effect on the East Fork of the Obey River from Compton Boat Ramp upstream to the Hwy. 52 bridge. Anglers restricted to use of one hook having a single barb or lure containing a single hook with one barb from Jan. 1–Apr. 30. No more than 3 rods and reels or poles may be used.

Forked Deer, Hatchie, Loosahatchie, Obion and Wolf Rivers (includes tributaries)

  • Crappie: 30 per day, no length limit

French Broad River

  • Smallmouth Bass: 13–17 inch protected length range with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches (Hwy. 168 to state line, excluding Douglas Reservoir).

    French Broad River (from confluence with Pigeon River upstream to state line)

  • Walleye/Sauger: 5 per day in combination.
  • Walleye: 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Sauger: No minimum length limit but only one sauger can be over 16 inches per day.

Holston River (I-40 bridge upstream to Cherokee Dam and John Sevier Dam upstream to North Fork Holston River)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Little River (Rockford Dam upstream to Great Smoky Mountains NP boundary)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Little Buffalo River (Laurel Hill WMA)

Closed to fishing during big game hunts.

Little Pigeon River (from mouth upstream to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary, including the West Prong and East Fork of the Little Pigeon River)

  • Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 20 inch minimum length limit

Mississippi River (includes adjacent sloughs, bayous, and all river runs and chutes, that are accessible by boat from the river proper)

  • Black Bass: 10 per day, no length limit
  • Sunfish/Bream: 50 per day, no length limit
  • Catfish: no creel limit, only one per day over 34 inches
  • Crappie: 50 per day, no length limit
  • Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass:
    6 per day, no length limit
  • Sauger: 6 per day, no length limit
  • White Bass: 30 per day, no length limit

Nolichucky River (ENKA Dam upstream to state line, includes Davy Crockett Lake)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

North Fork Holston River (confluence with South Fork Holston River upstream to state line)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Pigeon River (from mouth at French Broad River upstream to North Carolina state line)

  • Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 20 inch minimum length limit
  • Walleye/Sauger: 5 per day in combination.

Walleye: 15 inch minimum length limit.

Sauger: No minimum length limit but only one sauger can be over 16 inches per day.

Powell River (Gap Creek confluence upstream to state line)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Rocky River and tributaries

  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit.

South Fork Holston River (confluence with North Fork Holston River upstream to Fort Patrick Henry Dam)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Stones River (confluence with Cumberland River upstream to J. Percy Priest Dam)

Regulations for Cheatham Reservoir apply (Region 1 Reservoir Regulations).

Tellico River (Tellico Reservoir Boundary upstream to state line)

13–17 inch protected length range for smallmouth bass, with a creel limit of 5 black bass, allowing only one smallmouth bass in creel to be greater than 17 inches.

Wolf River (South Ford Road Bridge downstream into Dale Hollow Reservoir)

  • Smallmouth Bass: 2 per day, 16–21 inch PLR (one under 16 inches and one over 21 inches)

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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