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Fishing in Tennessee, A brief look

Tennessee fishing opportunities are endless as the state is known as the 'Great Lakes of the South,' and offers fishermen the full spectrum of popular game fish. The best Tennessee fishing streams are off of the Emory River and include Daddy's Creek, and some streams of the Catoosa Wildlife area. The Tellico River and its fishing streams in the Cherokee National Forest remain a popular trout fishing spot. Other popular Tennessee mountain streams are the Laurel Fork, Kettlefoot, Andrew Johnson, Unicoi and the Ococee rivers. Two of the more popular Tennessee fishing lakes are Center Hill and Dale Hallow on the Obey River, both provide excellent bass fishing.

Bass fishing in Tennessee continues to predominate the fishing arena, with three bass species found in Tennessee's fishing waters. Reelfoot Lake and Kentucky Lake are two of the more popular Tennessee fishing spots for largemouth bass. Reelfoot Lake is actually a large, submerged forest, which provides for unique scenery (and obstacles) on a bass fishing boat trip. Dale Hallow Lake fishing remains largely popular for its smallmouth bass catches. Spotted bass fishing, while not as prevalent, is still widely available in the clearer streams of west Tennessee such as in the Obion, Hatchie, Loosahatchie and Wolf rivers. The best time for bass fishing in Tennessee is March through November.

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Tennessee Fishing Locations

Fishing in Tennessee is the most prevalent in the following areas: Laurel Fork River, Kettlefoot River, Andrew Johnson River, Unicoi River, Ococee River, Catoosa Wildlife area, Daddy's Creek, Tellico River, Center Hill Lake, Dale Hallow Lake, Obey River. Tennessee bass fishing (not limited to): Reelfoot Lake, Kentucky Lake, Dale Hallow Lake, Obion River, Hatchie River, Loosahatchie River, Wolf River; Additional Tennessee fishing lakes: Cheatham Lake, South Holston Lake, Daniel Boone Lake, Watauga Lake, Wilbur Lake, Fort Patrick Henry, Davy Crockett Lake, Norris Lake, Fort Loudon Lake, Douglas Lake, Watts Bar Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Ocoee Lake, Hales Bar, Pickwick Lake, Great Fall Lake, Bedford Lake, Brown's Creek Lake, Burgess Falls Lake, Carroll Lake, Herb Parson's Lake, Garett Lake, Humboldt Lake, Laurel Hill, Marrowbone Lake, Whiteville Lake, Copperhill-Docktown Lake, VFW Lake.

Tennessee Fishing Species

Popular Tennessee fishing species include: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, walleye, muskellunge, bullheads, catfish, panfish, bluegill, crappie, white bass, catfish, sauger,

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