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TENNESSEE STRIPER FISHING REGULATIONS

Tennessee Striped Bass Record
65 Lbs. 6 oz.
Ralph Dallas
May 1, 2000
Cordell Hull Reservoir

Hybrid or Cherokee Striper Bass record
23 lbs. 3 oz.
Stones River
Ray Pelfrey
April 17,1998

Former Tennessee striper record Picture

Weather for Tennessee
Tennesse Striped Bass Fishing Forum and Area Reports
Tennessee Valley Authority

Other temperate bass species coexist with the Striped Bass and the Hybrid Striped Bass. They are not listed here. Info on them is at the Tennessee Valley Authority links.

Striped Bass and Hybrid Reservoirs
Hybrid forum

Tributary reservoirs

Blue Ridge:Hybrid Stripers


Boone:Hybrid Stripers
Boone reservoir Striper forum
Also known as: Boone Reservoir Boone Lake is one of a series of reservoirs lying among the hills in northeast Tennessee. Completed on March 16, 1953, Boone Lake was constructed, and is maintained, by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for flood control, water supply, recreation and production of hydropower. Spread across Sullivan and Washington counties. Boone Reservoir's 4,310 acres extend along the South Fork Holston River forming two river extensions. According to TVA, "at maximum pool level, one arm of the lake extends about 16 miles up the South Fork Holston River, and the other extends approximately 15 miles up the Watauga River." With water levels remaining fairly stable during the summer, Boone Lake's normal full pond is 1,382 feet above sea level. During winter the water level drops to about 1,360 feet.

Including eight miles of island shoreline, Boone Lake has 131 miles of shoreline


Cherokee:Striped Bass & Hybrid Stripers
The lake is stocked with walleye, crappie and very good stripers. The TVA adds oxygen to Cherokee Lake to help support the fish populations, The reservoir was formed in 1941 with the completion of the Cherokee Dam on the Holston River. The dam, located 52 miles upstream from the convergence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers that make up the Tennessee River, was created to make hydroelectric power for World War II and also for flood control. Cherokee Lake is managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority which runs several recreation facilities around the lake including a swimming beach, boat launch, and campground. The TVA also regulates the water levels which vary around 27 feet a year.


Fontana:Hybrid Stripers
Great Falls: Hiwassee: Hybrid Stripers


Norris: Striped Bass Norris reservoir Striper forum
Norris Reservoir Just 25 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, Norris Lake is the first reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Named for Senator George Norris, author of the legislation that created the TVA, Norris Lake is 129 miles long and surrounded by plenty of secluded coves to explore Extending 73 miles up the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell from Norris Dam, Norris Lake was filled in 1937


Nottely: Striped Bass & Hybrid Stripers


Tims Ford: Hybrid Stripers - stripe bass
Also known as: Tims Ford Reservoir Nestled in south central Tennessee between Tullahoma and Winchester, the clear, deep water of the Elk River meets the wooded sloped shores of Tims Ford Reservoir. The water creates inlets and coves popular with both anglers and boaters. Evidence suggests that the area has been inhabited for over 10,000 years as a hunting and fishing ground for the middle woodland tribes. The Reservoir wasn't formed, however, until 1970 with the completion of the Tims Ford Dam. Construction on the dam under the control of the Tennessee Valley Authority started in 1966 to provide water, hydroelectric power, and flood control for the surrounding area. In addition to the Elk River, the lake created by the dam is fed by several creeks and is ringed with inlets and coves. There are also over 5 miles of island shoreline to explore making Tims Ford Reservoir very popular with canoeist and kayakers

Main-river reservoirs

Chickamauga: Striped Bass and Hybrid Stripers
Chickamauga Lake is a fabulous outdoor recreation water body. It is located in southeast Tennessee some twenty miles from Chattanooga and provides over 810 miles of shoreline to enjoy. Originally developed for flood control and power generation, Chickamauga Lake is heavily used for recreational tourism.


Fort Loudoun Fort aka Loudoun Reservoir Hybrids & Striped Bass
Named for a nearby 18th century British fort, Fort Loudoun Lake draws millions of visitors every year for fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Located at the headwaters of the Tennessee River, Fort Loudoun Lake extends 55 miles from Lenoir City to Knoxville. It is the first in a chain of nine reservoirs

Tellico: Hybrids & Striped Bass
Also known as: Tellico Lake About 30 minutes south of Knoxville, nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Tellico Lake is the lake that almost wasn't. Extending 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River, the lake has become an asset for commerce and recreation. Construction on Tellico Dam began in 1967, but Tellico Lake but Tellico Lake or Reservoir wasn't completed until 1979. The reservoir was planned as an extension of Fort Loudoun Lake and is linked directly by canal


Watts Bar: Striped Bass and Hybrid Stripers
Also known as: Watts Bar Reservoir Midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Watts Bar Lake has been called "King of the Southern Great Lakes." Watts Bar Lake is an impoundment of the Tennessee River created by Watts Bar Dam. Construction on the dam started in 1939 and was finished in 1942 three weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It was built for flood control, navigation, and to generate hydroelectric power for the war effort. Watts Bar Lake is one of nine reservoirs on the Tennessee River managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Together the reservoirs provide a continuous navigable channel from the headwaters of the Tennessee River to Paducah, Kentucky. Over a million tons of cargo a year moves through Watts Bar Lock which lifts and lowers boats and barges 70 feet between reservoirs. Because it is a main waterway, water levels only fluctuate about six feet from summer to winter.

Watts Bar Lake stretches 72.4 miles from Watts Bar Dam to Fort Loudoun Dam.


Pickwick: Hybrid Stripers Pickwick reservoir striper forum
Also known as: Pickwick Reservoir Pickwick Lake is a 43,100-acre reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with construction of Pickwick Landing Dam across the Tennessee River. Construction of Pickwick Lake reservoir took four years to complete, from 1934 to 1938. Pickwick Reservoir stretches out over 53 miles, from Pickwick Landing Dam in Tennessee, into Mississippi, ending at the Wilson Dam in Alabama. Although Pickwick Lake's primary purposes are navigation, flood control, and hydropower generation, it also provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alikeToday, Pickwick Lake boasts more than 496 miles of shoreline, including about 85 miles of island shoreline. Normal summer pool is 414 feet above sea level. The TVA draws down the water level to about 410 feet in winter, in anticipation of snow melt and rain in the spring.


Wheeler: Striped Bass Hybrids


Kentucky Lake: Striped Bass
Kentucky Lake is the largest manmade lake east of the Mississippi: 184 miles long, 2 miles wide, 160,309 surface acres, and 2,380 miles of shoreline! The lake stretches south across the western tip of Kentucky into Tennessee. The lake was created in 1944 by the Tennessee Valley Authority for navigation, flood control, hydroelectric power, and recreation. The Kentucky Dam impounds the Tennessee River at Gilbertville, Kentucky. The average summer pool is 359 feet above sea level; winter pool averages 354 feet.

Cordell Hull Lake is located at the base of the highland rim on the Cumberland River in Smith, Jackson, and Clay counties of middle Tennessee. The dam is located 5 miles upstream of the city of Carthage, Tennessee. Cordell Hull Lake is operated for the primary purposes of navigation, hydropower generation,

J. Percy Priest Lake, located 10-15 minutes from downtown Nashville TN, provides many outdoor recreational opportunities for 7+ million visitors each year. J. Percy Priest Dam is visible from Interstate 40 and is located on the Stones River. It impounds a lake 42 miles long. J. Percy Priest Lake covers portions of Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson Counties and consists of 14,200 surface acres of water at summer pool elevation (490 feet above mean sea level). The water is surrounded by 18,854 acres of public lands; 10,000 acres are devoted to wildlife management.

J. Percy Priest Striper forum

Dale Hollow Lake, straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee border, is an artificial lake that was formed by damming up the Obey and Cumberland Rivers. As with many other lakes in this region of the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took on the project in order to provide flood control for the ...

Guntersville Lake, Guntersville Reservoir : Hybrid Stripers
Alabama's Mountain Region contains the state's largest lake: Lake Guntersville. Cradled in the Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama, Lake Guntersville is located between Bridgeport and Guntersville, stretching out over 75 miles into Tennessee (near Chattanooga) and occupying 69,000 acres.The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) created Guntersville Reservoir by constructing the Guntersville Dam across the Tennessee River in 1939. Lake Guntersville was named for John Gunter, an early Scottish settler and adopted Cherokee tribe member, who founded the town of Guntersville shortly after the American Revolution. Congress authorized Guntersville Reservoir for flood control, navigation, and hydropower generation. Recreation, water supply, and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement are additional benefits of this beautiful reservoir. Because Lake Guntersville is part of the Tennessee River navigation channel, water levels fluctuate only two feet between maximum summer pool and lower winter pool. The TVA built two locks on Guntersville Reservoir to handle river traffic.

Old Hickory lake Located about 25 miles upstream from Nashville TN, Old Hickory Lake offers outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have many activities to choose from including hunting, fishing, camping - Old Hickory Lake striper forum

 

Melton Hill Lake Also known as: Melton Hill Reservoir, is an impoundment of the Clinch River. Located near Oak Ridge, TN, the reservoir extends 57 miles upstream from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Dam. With over 5,000 acres of water, there is plenty of room to explore, and anglers will find abundant stripers-. Owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the dam was built primarily for power generation and not flood control, so water levels in Melton Hill Reservoir only fluctuate about four feet annually. It is the only TVA dam on a tributary stream that has a navigation lock. The lock lifts barge traffic 60 feet from Watts Bar Lake and opens the Clinch River all the way to Clinton, TN promoting industry in the area.

Where and when to fish for stripers in Tennessee
TWRA Fisheries Management Division

 

The Tennesee valley authority Has valuable information on its fish and its waterways.

Sport Fishing Ratings To help anglers decide where they have the best chance of catching their favorite types of fish, ( The Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass) TVA and state fisheries agencies rate fishing quality for different species in the TVA reservoirs.

TVA Reservoir Map Our interactive map of TVA facilities gives the location of all TVA reservoirs and links to general information on each, including descriptions of recreation opportunities and conditions.

Campgrounds TVA operates some 100 public recreation areas throughout the Tennessee Valley, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and boat launching ramps. The opening and closing dates for the campgrounds are listed here.

Lake Information A handy resource for fishermen and boaters, these pages track water levels on an hourly basis in TVA reservoirs across the Tennessee Valley, give water release schedules at the dams, and more.

Spring Sportfish Survey With the help of local anglers, TVA conducts an annual survey to determine the number, age, and general health of black bass in reservoirs throughout the Tennessee Valley. Learn about the survey results, and how you can participate.

Clean Marinas and Clean Boating Boating is one of the most popular recreational uses of TVA reservoirs. TVA's Clean Marina Initiative certifies marinas that are in compliance with pollution-control standards. And the national Clean Boating Campaign helps educate boating enthusiasts and marina operators in practices that reduce pollution and erosion on the waterways. Find out more here.

Hazardous Waters Strong currents around dams, locks, and powerhouses can pose a great danger to fishermen and boaters. Learn about the potential dangers surrounding these TVA facilities, and read about important safety precautions you can take.

Tennesseee River and Reservoir area maps

The Tennesse Striped Bass association Web Site

 

 

 

 

 

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