Best Tennessee Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)


Kentucky Lake
Rating 9.5

Kentucky Lake is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.  The lake covers 2,380 miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of water.  Kentucky Lake is a very popular vacation destination.  Whether you’re coming here for a fishing getaway or a family vacation, there is something to do for everyone.

Kentucky Lake is known for its tremendous crappie fishery.  Spring and fall are the best times to plan a trip for the crappie fishing.  During the spawn, 1 – 1.5 pound crappie are considered common.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also plentiful on Kentucky Lake.  There are more largemouth than smallmouth in the lake, but if you target the rocky areas, you can usually find some smallmouth bass.  If you time the spawn right in the spring, you can experience some awesome fishing for largemouth bass with 30 to 50 fish days being possible.  Get away from the crowds and find the pattern and you will catch more fish.  Other species that are available are white bass, sunfish, sauger, catfish and striped bass.

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Pickwick & Wilson Lakes
Rating 9.25

These lakes are some of the better bass lakes to fish in the country.  You can target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish and other species of fish too.  There aren’t many places in the entire country that give you the chance to catch big fish of this many different species of fish.  It is one of the best smallmouth bass lakes in the country.

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Chattanooga, TN
Rating 9.0

Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in Tennessee.  This city is located at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.  The scenery is beautiful in Chattanooga with mountains and ridges surrounding the city.  Fishing is also very good in this area with the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake and Nickajack Lake.  Anglers target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, huge catfish, striped bass, crappie and bluegill.

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Dale Hollow Lake
Rating 8.5

Dale Hollow Lake is a beautiful lake located on the Kentucky / Tennessee border.  The lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery and miles of shoreline.  It is a wonderful tourism area with plenty of accommodations, houseboats, warm weather, tons of water and some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country.  Dale Hollow Lake is home of the world record smallmouth bass that weighed 11 pounds and 15 ounces. Largemouth bass, crappie, muskellunge, walleye, catfish, gar, and trout are also available.  The majority of the fishermen come here for the world class smallmouth bass fishery.

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Smoky Mountains
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