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Tennessee

Fishing

Exceptions

Small Impoundments

Allen Branch Pond (Cocke County)

  • Catfish: 5 per day.

Beech River Watershed Lakes

  • Catfish: 5 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Crappie: 30 per day, no length limit.

Pine Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 10 per day.

Dogwood Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 12- to 16-inch PLR, 10 per day.

Redbud Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 12- to 16-inch PLR, 10 per day.

Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA Ponds

Designated as youth fishing ponds. Fishing is permitted for youths 16 years of age or younger who are accompanied by a non–fishing adult (18 years of age or older). Youths are limited to using one (1) pole or rod while fishing. Fishing is permitted from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.
  • Bluegill: 10 per day, no length limit.
  • Channel Catfish: 5 per day.
  • Largemouth Bass: catch and release only.
  • Catfish: 5 per day, 14-inch minimum length limit.
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day in combination, no length limit.

Campbell Lake (Maury County)

  • Largemouth Bass: 1 per day, 12 inch minimum length limit.
  • Catfish: 5 per day, 14 inch minimum length limit.
  • Bluegill/Redear Sunfish: 20 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Grass Carp: No harvest allowed.

Carroll County Thousand Acre Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, 14- to 18-inch PLR. Only one bass over 18 inches.
  • Bluegill/Redear Sunfish: 20 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

Casper Lake (Shelby County)

  • Largemouth Bass: 2 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit.

Catoosa Wildlife Management Area

All streams and ponds are open from Apr. 1–Dec. 31, except on the dates of managed big game and turkey hunts.

Davy Crockett Lake (Greene County)

  • Crappie: 30 per day, no length limit.
  • Smallmouth/Largemouth Bass: 5 per day in combination.
  • Smallmouth Bass: 13–17 inch protected length range, only one over 17 inches.
  • Spotted Bass: 15 per day, no length limit.

Dickson City Lakes (Dickson County)

  • Catfish: 5 per day, no length limit.

Doakes Pond (on Norris Reservoir)

The portion of Norris Reservoir known as Doakes Pond, located adjacent to Hwy. 63 approximately 9 miles NE of Lafollette, is closed to fishing.

Indian Boundary Lake (Cherokee NF)

  • Largemouth Bass: 2 per day, 14 inch minimum length limit
  • Catfish: 5 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie: 30 per day, no length limit.

Lake Kefauver (Madisonville, Monroe County)

  • Bass: 2 per day, 14 inch minimum length limit.
  • Catfish: 5 per day, no length limit.

Land Between the Lakes

All waters are open year round with the following provisions:
  • Farm ponds are open to fishing unless otherwise posted.
  • Bards Lake: Trotlines and limblines are prohibited. Jugs are permitted from Oct. 1–Mar. 21, with a limit of 10 jugs per person.

Liberty Park Lake (Clarksville)

  • Catfish: 5 per day, no length limit.

New Lake (Lewisburg City Lake)

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Catfish: 5 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie: 15 per day, no length limit.
Open one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset. Only rods and reels and cane poles permitted.

Reelfoot Watershed Lake #18

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit.

WMAs/Refuges

Douglas Reservoir

Henderson Island WMA Rearing Pond is closed to fishing year-round.

Federal Refuges

Some federal wildlife refuges have closed seasons. For details contact the office of the national wildlife refuge where you wish to fish.

Gooch Unit E Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit.

Hiwassee Refuge

Trespassing and fishing are prohibited in embayments and sub-impoundments from Nov. 15–Feb. 28. Boats must remain within the river channel defined by navigational buoys.

State Park Lakes

State Park Lakes are managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Unless otherwise posted, statewide fishing regulations apply with the following exceptions:

Pin Oak Lake in Natchez Trace State Park —

  • Trotlines and limblines prohibited year round.
  • From 1st of April through 30th of September fishing with jug lines will be prohibited on Fridays after 12 noon until 12 midnight on Sundays. Fishing with jug lines is also prohibited on Memorial Day, July 3rd through July 5th, and Labor Day. On days open to jug fishing, each boat is limited to 10 jugs per day.

Crappie (all species combined):

  • All lakes: 15 per day, no length limit, except:
  • Pin Oak Lake, Natchez Trace State Park: 30 per day, no length limit.

Channel or blue catfish or in combination:

  • All lakes: 5 per day, no length limit.

Black bass from the following lakes must be a minimum of 15 inches:

  • Lake Lindsey, David Crockett State Park.
  • Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park.
  • Sullivan’s Pond, Ft. Pillow State Historic Area.
  • Indian Mt. “B” Lake, Indian Mountain State Park.
  • Acorn Lake, Montgomery Bell State Park.
  • Creech Hollow Lake, Montgomery Bell SP.
  • Kelly (Standing Stone) Lake, Standing Stone State Park.

Black bass from:

  • Lake Lajoie and Lake Placid, Chickasaw State Park: 14–18 inch PLR (slot limit). Daily creel limit 10 bass per day, only one bass over 18 inches may be harvested.
  • Big Ridge Lake, Big Ridge State Park: 14 inch minimum length limit.
  • Poplar Tree Lake, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park: 14–18 inch PLR (slot limit).
  • Travis McNatt Lake, Big Hill Pond State Park: 10 bass per day, no length limit.
  • Pin Oak Lake, Natchez Trace State Park: 12 to 16 inch PLR, 10 per day.

Bluegill and redear sunfish in combination:

  • Poplar Tree Lake, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Fall Creek Lake, Fall Creek Falls State Park: 20 per day, no length limit.

Rivers and 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: Walleye/Sauger: 5 per day in combination, 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Hwy. 25E upstream to state line: 13- to 17-inch PLR 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–April 15. Walleye creel limit 5 per day, 16-inch minimum length. Only one Walleye over 20 inches may be harvested. 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 (Hwy. 168 to Douglas Dam)

  • Smallmouth bass: 18-inch minimum length limit. Creel limit 5.

French Broad River (from Hwy 321 bridge at Newport upstream to North Carolina state line)

  • Smallmouth Bass: 13- to 17-inch PLR with a creel limit of 5 black bass allowing one Smallmouth Bass to be greater than 17 inches.
  • Walleye/Sauger or Walleye/Sauger Hybrids: 5 per day in combination.
  • Walleye: 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Sauger or Sauger/Walleye Hybrids: No minimum length limit; only one fish over 16 inches in length may be harvested per day.

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

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

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

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

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 fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day.
  • 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)

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

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

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

Pigeon River (from Hwy 321 bridge at Newport upstream to NC state line)

  • Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 20 inch minimum length limit.
  • Walleye/Sauger or Walleye/Sauger hybrids: 5 per day in combination.
  • Walleye: 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Sauger or Sauger/Walleye Hybrids: No minimum length limit; only one fish over 16 inches in length may be harvested per day.

Powell River (Gap Creek confluence upstream to state line)

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

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)

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

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

Regulations for Cheatham Reservoir apply (Region 2).

Tellico River (Tellico Reservoir Boundary upstream to state line)

  • Black Bass: 5 per day in combination; 13–17 inch PLR for Smallmouth bass, only one Smallmouth bass over 17 inches per day.

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).