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Welcome to 2022-23 Tennessee Fishing

2022-2023 Tennessee Fishing Guide

What’s New in 2022



  • Effective March 1, 2022, fishing licenses will expire 1 year from the date of purchase. Short term licenses excluded.

Community Fishing Program

  • New Community Fishing Program that establishes fishing methods and daily creel limits for Jack Dickert Pond, Athens City Park Pond , Cedar Hill Pond, Greenbelt Lake, Pistol Creek, Fountain City Lake and Cameron Brown Park Pond.


  • Added Cutthroat Trout as an additional species to be stocked in some TN waters. Cutthroat Trout are now included in the statewide trout regulations and the slot limit (PLR) on the Caney Fork River.
  • Added Rough Ridge Creek and Big Soddy Creek and their tributaries, and Little Stoney Creek upstream from the confluence with Plot Branch (1.3 miles upstream of Hwy. 321 crossing) to the list of streams managed as Wild Trout Streams.


  • Removed the restrictions on the harvest, use, and possession of crayfish in the following streams, in all their tributaries, and on all adjacent banks:
    • Mill Creek, Fortyeight Creek upstream of Hwy. 64, Johnson Mill Branch, Chalk Creek, and Second Creek in Wayne County;
    • Pompeys Branch, McKelvey Branch, and Holly Branch in Hardin County.

Region 1

  • Barkley Reservoir – Crappie daily creel limit reduced from 30 to 20 fish/day.
  • Removed the daily creel limit on black bass under 18 inches at Whiteville and Maples Creek lakes, harvest of bass over 18 inches is still limited to 1/day.
  • Removed the (8") minimum length limit on crappie at Browns Creek Lake, Glenn Springs Lake, Maples Creek Lake, and Whiteville Lake.

Region 2

  • Reduced the daily creel limit for Largemouth Bass from 10 to 5 fish/day on Laurel Hill Lake. The 13–18 inch PLR is still in effect and only 1 bass over 18 inches may be harvested per day.
  • Removed the year-round closure of gigging on all streams in Bedford, Lawrence, Maury, Giles, Lewis, Wayne, Hickman, and Marshall counties.

Region 3

  • Established a daily creel limit of 15 fish/ day for Yellow Perch on Chilhowee and Parksville reservoirs.
  • Removed the (15") minimum length limit for black bass on Kelly Lake, Standing Stone State Park and Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park.
  • Changed the daily creel limit to 20 fish/ day for Bluegill and Redear Sunfish in combination on Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park; Kelly (Standing Stone) Lake, Standing Stone State Park; Pickett Lake, Pickett State Park; Grundy Lakes, South Cumberland State Park.

Region 4

  • Redefined the boundary for the Children’s Stream on West Prong Little Pigeon River from North Park Lane Bridge (Herbert Holt Park) downstream to Gatlinburg By-pass Bridge in Gatlinburg, TN.
  • Changed the lower boundary for the South Holston River from Hwy 37 Bridge to Hwy 390 Bridge at Bluff City, TN to reflect the change of name for the Highway.
  • Removed the daily creel limit on Spotted and Alabama Bass on South Holston Reservoir.
  • Changed the date of the opening day for the Doe River Delayed Harvest from Nov 1 to Oct 1.

FREE Fishing Day/Week

Father and daughters fishing

Saturday, June 11, is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee and anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters! Even better, if you are 15 years old or younger, you may fish free the entire week, beginning on Free Fishing Day, June 11, and running through the following Friday, June 17.

This day and week are annual events in Tennessee and are great opportunities to introduce children to the joys and excitement of a day on the water catching fish! Not only is fishing a great family activity, it helps make us more aware of our natural environment.

Finding a place to fish is easier than ever. Starting in late spring, all you need to do is go to to view the 2022 Kid’s Fishing Events. There you will find a variety of activities planned across the state with details as to event locations and times. You can also contact your regional TWRA office to find out what’s going on in your area or let them know you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering to help with an event. Anglers and would-be anglers should check the events list often since more fishing rodeos are frequently added. Whatever you do, don’t miss the fun!

Free Fishing Day and Week apply to Tennessee’s public waters, Agency owned and operated lakes, and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay lakes continue to charge during this special day and week. Please consult with lake operators if you have any questions about the status of a particular facility.