Each year Tennessee sponsors a free week of fishing in all public waters. Usually held during late spring or early summer, the week kicks off with a free day of fishing for all ages, resident or non-resident. The remaining days during that week are also free for anyone under the age of 16, and is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to the joy and excitement of a day with nature on the water catching squiggly fish of all sorts. A variety of Bass, Sunfish, Crappie, Catfish, Walleye, Muskie, Bluegill, just to name a few, are waiting in the water for that first time or tournament winning catch It is a great family activity.
Unlike many other states, Tennessee anglers have a chance to fish year-round, and fishing is always pretty good. Tennessee has many fishing lakes, streams, and rivers for fishermen to consider. The following table reflects opportunities and locals available in the fall and winter months:
There are 540,000 lake acres and over 60,000 stream miles in Tennessee, but many residents agree that the top fishing spots are in Middle Tennessee. Dale Hollow Lake and Old Hickory Lake have yielded world record fish. The following list of Middle Tennessee angler spots represent just a sample of great fishing lakes in the Volunteer State.
Center Hill Lake – DeKalb, Putnam, White, Warren counties near Smithville, TN
Cheatham Lake – Cheatham County, about 10 miles northwest of Ashland City, TN.
Chickamunga Dam – Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea counties, near Chattanooga, TN
Cordell Hull Lake – Smith, Jackson, Clay counties, near Nashville, TN
Dale Hollow Lake – Clay, Pickett, Overton counties, extending into Kentucky
Greenbrier Lake – Wilson County, near Lebanon, TN
Marrowbone Lake – Davidson County, near Nashville, in Joelton, TN
Nickajack Lake – Marion County, near Chattanooga, TN
Old Hickory Lake – Sumner, Davidson counties, north of Nashville, TN
Percy Priest Lake – Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson counties, east of Nashville, TN
Radnor Lake – Davidson County, near Oak Hill, TN
Todds Lake – Rutherford County, near Murfreesboro, TN not far from Nashville
Fishing in Tennessee is a year-round enjoyable activity for the whole family. It can be an exciting adventure that provides everlasting fond memories. And for the tournament fisherman, Tennessee also offers many opportunities to catch that winning entry.