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									         2005 TENNESSEE
FISHING REGULATIONS




Tennessee...
   where smallmouth is king.



    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
            www.tnwildlife.org
        Effective March 1, 2005 to February 28, 2006
                                  World Record Smallmouth Bass
   During the mid morning
hours of July 9, 1955, D.L.
Hayes caught an 11-pound,
15-ounce smallmouth bass
near the Tennessee-Ken-
tucky state line on Dale Hol-
low Lake. It proved to be the
largest smallmouth bass ever
caught in the world. This
July 9, fifty years later,
marks the anniversary of that
outstanding accomplish-
ment.
   Mr. Hayes was fishing
with his wife Ruth and son
David when he caught the
world record.           They
launched their boat, a 21 foot
Lonestar aluminum cruiser
with a 40 hp Mercury out-
board motor, out of Cedar
Hill Dock near Celina and
eventually wound up catch-
ing the fish near a branch of the Wolf River close to Ill                 eventually weighed at Cedar Hill Boat Dock and pro-
Will Creek. Mr. Hayes used a 600 series pearl colored                     claimed to be the world record. A biologist with the Ten-
Bomber lure on a Penn 209 reel and steel rod to make his                  nessee Game and Fish Commission examined the bass
record catch.                                                             and estimated it to be 13 years old. The closest anyone
   D.L. Hayes and his family continued fishing after he                   has come to breaking Mr. Hayes record was a 10- pound,
caught that bass, which may have weighed even more if                     14-ounce fish caught by John T. Gorman in 1969. His
he had taken it immediately to the dock. The fish was                     fish was caught…where else?…Dale Hollow Lake!



                                   TENNESSEE ANGLER RECOGNITION PROGRAM
      The Tennessee Angler Recognition Program (TARP) gives an-
  glers an opportunity to have their trophy-size fish recognized by the
  Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Anglers of any age, who catch
  large fish that meet or exceed qualifying lengths, can apply. The
  TWRA Fisheries Management Division sends these accomplished
  anglers TARP certificates featuring color reproductions of fish art-
  work by renowned wildlife artist Joseph R. Tomelleri.
      The program is designed to acknowledge anglers for outstand-
  ing sportfishing accomplishments, to encourage catch and release
  of trophy size fish and to provide the TWRA with information on
  large fish caught throughout the state.
      Not to be confused with the State Record Fish program, TARP
  recognizes anglers who catch trophy-size fish that are not necessar-
  ily state records.
      Contact your regional TWRA office or www.tnwildlife.org for
  an application.
                           TWRA OFFICES                                                                                                           CONTENTS
                            All Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                               Monday-Friday (local time)
                                                                                                             Boating Safety Checklist ............................................................................. 28
                                                                                                             Contaminants In Fish .................................................................................. 21
Central Office - Nashville
                                                                                                             General Information .................................................................................... 17
   Ellington Agricultural Center
                                                                                                                 Basic Laws & Definitions ..................................................................... 17
   P. O. Box 40747
                                                                                                                 Federal Aid Projects .............................................................................. 20
   Nashville, TN 37204 .......................................................... 615-781-6500
                                                                                                                 Free Fishing Day/Week ......................................................................... 18
   Boat Registration ................................................................ 615-781-6585
                                                                                                                 Great Smoky Mountains National Park ................................................ 18
   Boating Safety .................................................................... 615-781-6682
                                                                                                                 Reciprocal Agreements .......................................................................... 17
   Director’s Office ................................................................. 615-781-6552
                                                                                                                 Record Fish ........................................................................................... 19
   Education ............................................................................ 615-781-6500
                                                                                                                 Water Release Schedules ....................................................................... 18
   Fisheries Division ............................................................... 615-781-6575
                                                                                                             Guidelines For Harvesting And Releasing Fish .......................................... 25
   Hunter Education ............................................................... 615-781-6538
                                                                                                             Help Protect Tennessee’s Endangered Sturgeon ......................................... 23
   Law Enforcement ............................................................... 615-781-6580
                                                                                                             Identifying Your Fish ................................................................................... 22
   Legal ................................................................................... 615-781-6606
                                                                                                             License Information ...................................................................................... 3
   License Sales ...................................................................... 615-781-6585
                                                                                                                 Gatlinburg Trout Fishing ......................................................................... 4
   Personnel Division ............................................................. 615-781-6594
                                                                                                                 Misplace Your License? .......................................................................... 3
   Quota Hunts ....................................................................... 615-781-6621
                                                                                                                 Nonresident Licenses .............................................................................. 4
   Wildlife Division ................................................................ 615-781-6610
                                                                                                                 Resident Licenses .................................................................................... 3
West Tennessee - Region I
                                                                                                                 Special Permits ........................................................................................ 4
   200 Lowell Thomas Drive
                                                                                                                 Who Must Have A Tennessee License? ................................................... 3
   Jackson, TN 38301 ............................................................. 731-423-5725
                                                                                                             Limits & Regulations .................................................................................... 5
   Toll Free .......................................................................... 1-800-372-3928
                                                                                                                 Exceptions To Statewide Creel And Size Limits .................................... 5
   Fax ...................................................................................... 731-423-6483
                                                                                                                 Exceptions: Reservoirs ............................................................................ 6
Middle Tennessee - Region II
                                                                                                                 Exceptions: Small Impoundments ........................................................... 8
   Ellington Agricultural Center
                                                                                                                 Exceptions: Streams And Rivers ............................................................. 8
   P. O. Box 41489
                                                                                                                 Length And PLRs (Slot Limits) .............................................................. 5
   Nashville, TN 37204 .......................................................... 615-781-6622
                                                                                                                 Measuring A Fish’s Length ..................................................................... 5
   Toll Free .......................................................................... 1-800-624-7406
                                                                                                                 Possession Limits .................................................................................... 5
   Fax ...................................................................................... 615-831-9995
                                                                                                                 Statewide Creel And Size Limits ............................................................ 5
Cumberland Plateau - Region III
                                                                                                                 TWRA Fishing Lakes .............................................................................. 9
   464 Industrial Blvd.
                                                                                                             Manners Matter ........................................................................................... 24
   Crossville, TN 38555 ......................................................... 931-484-9571
                                                                                                             Prevent Exotic Introductions ....................................................................... 27
   Toll Free .......................................................................... 1-800-262-6704
                                                                                                             Regulations For Methods Other Than Rod And Reel ................................... 15
   Fax ...................................................................................... 931-456-1025
                                                                                                                 Grabbling, Gigging, Grab Hooks, Snagging, Tubbing, Archery,
East Tennessee - Region IV
                                                                                                                    Speargun, Dipping And Cast Netting .............................................. 16
   3030 Wildlife Way
                                                                                                                 Minnow Traps And Seines .................................................................... 16
   Morristown, TN 37814 ....................................................... 423-587-7037
                                                                                                                 Shad Trawling ....................................................................................... 16
   Toll Free .......................................................................... 1-800-332-0900
                                                                                                                 Slat Baskets ........................................................................................... 15
   Fax ...................................................................................... 423-587-7057
                                                                                                                 Trotlines, Limblines And Jugs ............................................................... 15
TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) .................... 615-781-6691
                                                                                                                 Turtles .................................................................................................... 16
Website ............................................................................ www.tnwildlife.org
                                                                                                             Statewide Trout Regulations ....................................................................... 11
                                                                                                                 Delayed Harvest Areas .......................................................................... 11
                     AFTER HOURS INFORMATION                                                                     Quality Trout Fishing Areas .................................................................. 11
For general information, the following numbers may be called between the                                         Special Trout Regulations ..................................................................... 11
hours of 4:30 p.m. and midnight.                                                                                 Tailwater Trout ...................................................................................... 15
West Tennessee - Region I .................................................... 1-800-372-3928                    Trout Identification ............................................................................... 12
Middle Tennessee - Region II ............................................... 1-800-624-7406                      Trout Regulations On Cherokee WMA ................................................. 12
Cumberland Plateau - Region III .......................................... 1-800-262-6704                        Trout Stocking Schedule ....................................................................... 14
East Tennessee - Region IV .................................................. 1-800-332-0900                     Trout Streams—Fort Campbell ............................................................. 13
                                                                                                             What’s New At A Glance ............................................................................... 2

    HELP STOP POACHING                                                                                                          Cover art by Tim Knepp,
                                                                                                                        compliments of US Fish & Wildlife Service
       REPORT FISHING VIOLATIONS
                                                                                                             This publication is not a legal document. It is a summary of fishing regulations. Detailed infor-
          THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE FOR                                                            mation on fishing regulations is available from all TWRA offices.
               REPORTING GAME VIOLATIONS ONLY.
            DO NOT CALL FOR GENERAL INFORMATION.                                                             Many TWRA programs receive federal aid in fish and/or wildlife restoration. Policies of the
                                                                                                             TWRA and regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibit discrimination on the
                                                                                                             basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or handicap. If you believe that you
             CALL BETWEEN 7:00 A.M. AND MIDNIGHT                                                             have been discriminated against in any program, activity, of facility as described above, or if
                      SEVEN DAYS A WEEK                                                                      you desire more information, please write the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of
     West Tennessee (Region I) ......................... 1-800-831-1173                                      Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.
     Middle Tennessee (Region II) ..................... 1-800-255-8972
     Cumberland Plateau (Region III) ................ 1-800-241-0767                                                              Department of Tennessee Wildlife Resources, Authorization No. 328668,
                                                                                                                                  450,000 copies, February, 2005. This public document was promulgated
     East Tennessee (Region IV) ........................ 1-800-831-1174                                                           at a cost of $.06 per copy.


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                                  WHAT’S NEW AT A GLANCE
STATEWIDE                                                   line downstream to the end of Cownstown Road).
• Increased statewide minimum length limit for              Snagging, dipping, and cast netting, and other non
  muskellunge to 36 inches (exception at Melton Hill        hook-and-line methods are prohibited in these areas
  Reservoir).                                               during this period.
• Reduced white bass daily creel limit from 30 to 15
  per day.                                                AGENCY LAKES
• Added rusty crayfish and virile crayfish to list of     • Gibson Co. Lake – 14 to 18 inch protected slot limit
  species banned in Tennessee. Possession of these          for largemouth bass, 5 per day with only one fish
  exotic crayfish is prohibited.                            larger than 18 inches.

RESERVOIRS                                                TROUT STREAMS
• Tims Ford Reservoir – 18-inch minimum length            • Hiwassee River – the section from the Reliance
  limit for smallmouth bass, 5 per day, in combination      Railroad Bridge downstream to Patty Bridge will
  with largemouth and spotted bass.                         return to statewide regulations for trout.
• Norris Reservoir – 36-inch minimum size limit on        • Clear Creek – The time period for the closed fishing
  striped bass, 1 per day from Nov. 1 to March 31 each      area extended to include Nov. 1 through Mar. 31.
  year. This regulation will be in effect only through    • Tellico River – Effective October 1, 2005 – Delayed
  February 2008.                                            harvest area moved upstream with new boundaries
• Douglas Reservoir – Henderson Island WMA                  from mouth of Turkey Creek upstream to mouth of
  rearing pond closed to fishing.                           North River.
• Melton Hill Reservoir – 44-inch minimum length
  limit on muskellunge, 1 per day.                        FIRST FISH AWARD
• Watauga Reservoir – Walleye run regulation from            The First Fish Award is designed to commemorate that
  Jan. 1–Apr. 30, anglers are restricted to the use of    special moment in every boy or girl’s life, the landing of
  one hook having a single point or one lure having no    their first fish. The award is an attempt to immortalize
  more than one hook with a single point (artificial or   that moment with a framable certificate identifying the
  bait) on the following waters: Elk River from the       child, the fish caught, and other details of that special
  Hwy. 321 Bridge downstream to RM 3.0 (Pt. 11) on        moment. Size of the fish and age of the child have no
  the Elk River Arm of Watauga Reservoir, Doe Creek       bearing, only that the fish is their first. Contact your re-
  (Old Cabin Private Road downstream to Roan              gional TWRA office, visit www.tnwildlife.org, or call
  Creek), Roan Creek (Mountain Lake Estates Bridge        615/781-6575 for further information.
  downstream to Doe Creek), and Watauga River (NC



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         So you can tell me
         stories about my dad.

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ads
         And show me how
         to drive the boat.
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                                       LICENSE INFORMATION
   Hunting and fishing license sales and federal excise            mon may fish on the farmland. Their children may
taxes comprise 100 percent of the TWRA’s operating                 fish as well.
funds. Thank you for buying a hunting and fishing li-          •   You are on military leave, carrying a copy of your
cense. Without you, Tennessee would not have the abun-             leave orders. A pass does not meet this requirement.
dance of fish and wildlife that we all enjoy.                  •   You are a resident who was born before March 1,
                                                                   1926. (To qualify for this exemption, you must carry
   Fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the          proof of your age and residency to show to a wildlife
beginning of prime fishing, and are valid through the last         officer, if requested.)
day of February. You can purchase most licenses from           •   It’s Free Fishing Day! This year it falls on June 11
county court clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware               (see page 18).
stores, boat docks, the TWRA website (tnwildlife.org)          •   It’s Free Fishing Week! All children, ages 15 and
and all TWRA regional offices.                                     younger can fish free between June 11-17 inclusive
   By calling 1-888-814-8972 you can get your Tennes-              (see page 18).
see fishing and hunting licenses instantly. An authoriza-
tion number will allow you to begin fishing or hunting         MISPLACE YOUR LICENSE?
the minute you hang up. Regular license fees plus a $3.95          If you misplace your fishing license, contact any li-
processing fee will be charged to your credit card.            cense agent and ask for a duplicate license. There is a
   You can also order your license by mail. Just send your     $5.00 replacement fee ($4.00 goes to the TWRA; $1.00
name, address (including zip code), social security num-       to the agent). NOTE: Giving false information to obtain
ber, date of birth, physical features (height, weight, eye     a license is a misdemeanor punishable by fine and loss
and hair color), and enclose the correct fee to: TWRA          of license. Licenses are not transferable.
Sales Office, P.O. Box 41729, Nashville, TN 37204-1729.
   All license and permit fees are subject to change.          RESIDENT LICENSES
                                                               Can be purchased by:
WHO MUST HAVE A TENNESSEE                                      • Persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver’s
LICENSE?                                                         license.
   If you take, or attempt to take fish (including crayfish)   • Persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 con-
by any method or if you assist someone else to do so, you        secutive days with the genuine intent of making
must have a valid fishing license. There are some excep-         Tennessee their permanent home.
tions:                                                         • Military personnel on active duty in this state and
                                                                 their immediate families, who reside with them.
NO FISHING LICENSE NEEDED IF:                                  • Students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school,
• You are under 13 years of age (resident or nonresi-            college, or university for at least six months
  dent).
• Landowners, their spouses and children, who fish on          Annual Hunting & Fishing Combination (Type 001)
  their farm land which is owned by an individual or a             ......................................................................... $21.00
  family. Landowners, their spouses and children               Jr. Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 002)
  must be residents of Tennessee but need not reside              Ages 13-15 ........................................................ $8.00
  on the land.                                                 One-Day Fishing (Type 021) ............................... $2.50
• Tenants, their spouses and dependent children who            Annual Trout (Type 022) ................................... $12.00
  fish on farm land owned by an individual or a family.           (Type 022 is a supplemental license that is required to
  Tenants, their spouses and dependent children must              fish for trout in addition to Type 001, Type 020 or Type
  be residents of Tennessee and must actually reside on           021)
  the land and have permission of the landowner to fish.       Sportsman (Type 004) ...................................... $101.00
  A tenant is a person who, for money, free rent, or              An all inclusive license valid for hunting, trapping,
  other consideration, cares for farmland. The tenancy            and sport fishing without any state supplemental li-
  must be agricultural in nature.                                 censes or permits. Sportsman licenses can be purchased
• First cousins who own farmland jointly or in com-               from all license agents.

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Lifetime Sportsman ................ age determines the cost                   NONRESIDENT LICENSES
  An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trap-                  Jr. Hunt/Fish (Type 070) ...................................... $6.00
  ping, and sport fishing without any state supplemental                         (Required for nonresidents age 13-15 fishing and small
  licenses or permits. Call your local TWRA office for                           game only)
  application, or download an application from the                            Annual Fishing (Type 076) No trout .................. $26.00
  TWRA website.                                                               Three-Day Fishing (Type 077) No trout ............ $10.50
  Type 401 (Under 3 years) ................................... $200           Ten-Day Fishing (Type 079) No trout ................ $15.50
  Type 406 (Ages 3-6) ........................................... $400        Three-Day All Fish (Type 078) .......................... $20.50
  Type 402 (Ages 7-12) ......................................... $600         Ten-Day All Fish (Type 080) .............................. $30.50
  Type 403 (Ages 13-50) .................................... $1,200           Annual All Fish (Type 081)................................ $51.00
  Type 404 (Ages 51-64) ....................................... $700
  Type 405 (Ages 65 and over) ............................. $200              SPECIAL PERMITS
Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap                                         If you purchase one of the following special permits,
  (Type166) ........................................................ $11.00   you must also have all applicable licenses.
  Available from any license agent for a one-time fee,                        Reelfoot Preservation Permit-Annual
  and valid for the rest of the license holder’s life. Not a                    (Type 089) ....................................................... $11.00
  Lifetime Sportsman License. Additional permits may                          Reelfoot Preservation Permit-Three-Day
  be required. Can only be purchased when 65th birth-                           (Type 088) ......................................................... $6.50
  day is reached. A valid Tennessee driver’s license or                       Reelfoot Preservation Permit-Daily
  proof of age and residency is required. A trout license                       (Type 090) ......................................................... $2.50
  is not required.                                                            Tellico-Citico Trout-Daily (Type 098)
  Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167) ........ $41                          (Required for all ages. See page 12.) ................ $3.50
     May be purchased as a supplement to cover all                            Agency Lake-Daily Permit ................................. $3.00
     permits needed in the current license year                               Agency Lake-Annual Permit .......................... $30.00*
County of Residence Fishing (Type 020)............ $6.00                        * Valid on all Agency lakes, this permit is sold at
  This license allows an angler to fish in his/her county                       Agency Lake offices.
  of residence with natural bait (worms, crickets, corn,                      Bedford Lake-Daily Permit ................................ $3.00
  etc.), but not minnows. No artificial baits can be used.
  A supplemental license (Type 022) is required to fish                       GATLINBURG TROUT FISHING
  for trout.                                                                  Nonresident Gatlinburg One-Day Trout Permit
                                                                                (Type 097) ....................................................... $10.50
     The following licenses are available only by ap-                           Only requirement for nonresidents ages 9 and up to
  plication from the TWRA Sales Office located in                               fish in Gatlinburg for one day.
  Nashville. They are available for a one-time fee                            Gatlinburg Trout-Daily (Type 099) .................... $2.50
  and are valid for the rest of the license holder’s                            Required for both residents and nonresident ages 9-64
  life. They are not Lifetime Sportsman Licenses.                               in addition to the appropriate fishing licenses except
  Additional permits may be required. A trout li-                               for nonresidents who purchase the (Type 097) permit.
  cense is not required.                                                      Gatlinburg Three-Day Trout Permit
                                                                                Type (096) ......................................................... $6.50
  Permanent Sport Fishing License for the Blind                                 Required for both residents and nonresident ages 9-64
    (Type 197) ................................................ $10.00          in addition to the appropriate fishing licenses except
  Permanent Wheelchair Hunting & Fishing                                        for nonresidents who purchase the (Type 097) permit.
    (Type 189) ................................................ $10.00
  Permanent DAV Hunting and Fishing                                              For information on fishing in the Gatlinburg area, con-
    (Type 198) ..................................................... $10      tact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, 520 Park-
    Available to resident veterans certified by the VA                        way, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Phone: 865-436-4558;
    as 30 percent disabled by reason of war service.                          1-800-568-4748.
  Permanent Mentally Challenged
    (Type 199) ..................................................... $10
    Must be receiving SSI benefits due to mental re-
    tardation.


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                                                 LIMITS AND REGULATIONS
STATEWIDE CREEL AND SIZE LIMITS                                                     tics, require individual creel and length limits (see ex-
   The following are the creel and size limits that apply                           ceptions on this page and pages 6-9). These regulations
across Tennessee. Statewide regulations apply unless ex-                            improve fishing for all anglers.
ceptions apply to that body of water. See exceptions on                             Minimum length limits restrict the harvest of fish
this page and pages 6-13.                                                              below a specified minimum length. For example, a
                                                                      Minimum          15-inch minimum length limit allows the angler to
                                                           Creel           Length      keep fish 15 inches or greater. Fish less than 15
Species                                                    Limit            Limit      inches cannot be harvested. In waters where length
Black Bass, includes Largemouth, Smallmouth,                                           restrictions are in place, anglers may not be able to
   Spotted and Coosa (Redeye) ............. 5 ........... None                         harvest quite as many fish, but they will enjoy
   No more than 5 black bass per day in any combination                                catching more fish - as many as two to three times
   may be taken.                                                                       more.
Crappie (Black & White combined).... 30 ........... 10”                             Slot limits or Protected Length Ranges (PLRs) allow
Rock Bass ............................................ 20 .......... None              anglers to harvest fish above and below a specified
Striped Bass or Cherokee Bass* (any combination)                                       length range. For example, a 14-18” PLR protects
   ........................................................... 2 ............ 15”      fish in the 14- to 18-inch length group. Anglers may
   (*Striped Bass-White Bass Hybrid)                                                   harvest fish that measure 14 inches or less and they
White Bass ........................................... 15 .......... None              may harvest fish that measure 18 inches or more.
Muskellunge ......................................... 1 ............ 36”               For a protected length range to be effective, anglers
Sauger .................................................. 10 ........... 15”           must harvest fish below the protected range.
Trout ..................................................... 7 ........... None
   (See Trout Regulations section on page 11.)
                                                                                    MEASURING A FISH’S LENGTH
Walleye.................................................. 5 ............ 16”
                                                                                       Lay the fish on a flat ruler, close the mouth, and squeeze
Yellow Bass, Bluegill, Bream, Pickerel, Northern
                                                                                    the lobes of the tail fin to produce the maximum length.
   Pike, Yellow Perch, and nongame species
   .................................................... No Limit .... None
Statewide Catfish Regulation - Only one catfish over
   34 inches may be harvested per day. No harvest limit
   on catfish less than 34 inches.
Paddlefish - Paddlefish may be harvested from April
   24 through May 31. Daily creel limit is 2 fish per
   day with no size limit. Culling, the releasing of
   harvested fish, is not allowed. Cherokee Reservoir
   has different seasons and regulations (see page 6.)
Pole Limit - There is no limit on the number of poles,
   with some exceptions (see pages 6-13).
                                                                                    EXCEPTIONS TO STATEWIDE CREEL AND
                                                                                    SIZE LIMITS
POSSESSION LIMITS                                                                      Exceptions to the statewide creel and size limits or
   The total possession limit is twice the daily creel limit.                       special restrictions that apply are listed alphabetically on
You may not have more than the daily creel limit with                               one of the following pages. A spotted bass is a black
you while afield. It is unlawful to have, while afield, any                         bass and can be distinguished from a largemouth bass by
fish which has been altered so that its species and/or to-                          the tooth patch on the central portion of the tongue (see
tal body length cannot be determined.                                               page 22). Any walleye-sauger hybrid (saugeye) is con-
                                                                                    sidered the same as sauger.
                                                                                       All trout regulations can be found under the special
LENGTH LIMITS & PLRs (Slot Limits)
                                                                                    Statewide Trout Regulations beginning on page 11. The
   TWRA’s goal is to manage each species of fish with                               TWRA Fishing Lakes regulations can be found begin-
statewide creel and length limits where possible. How-                              ning on page 9.
ever, certain waters, because of their unique characteris-


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EXCEPTIONS TO STATEWIDE FISHING                               upstream to the John Sevier dam (incl. tributaries).
REGULATIONS ON TENNESSEE                                   • Walleye and Sauger - 10 per day (any combination),
RESERVOIRS                                                    minimum length 15”
   Reservoir full pool level is reservoir/stream bound-    • Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”
ary for harvest restrictions, unless otherwise noted.      • Paddlefish - 1 per day, minimum length 30” (eye to
   (Statewide regulations apply to all species not men-       fork of tail) Mar. 1-15
tioned - see page 5.)                                      Chickamauga
Barkley                                                    • Largemouth Bass - minimum length 15”
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 15”         • Smallmouth Bass - 1 per day, minimum length 18”
Boone                                                      Chilhowee
• Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length             • Walleye and Sauger - 10 per day (any combination),
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - 5 per day (any             minimum length 15”
   combination), minimum length 15” - Largemouth           Cordell Hull
   bass and smallmouth bass restrictions apply from dam    • Striped Bass - 2 per day, 32-42” PLR (only one fish
   upstream to Hwy. 11E bridge at Bluff City on South         may be over 42 inches)
   Fork of Holston River arm and upstream to new           Dale Hollow
   Austin Springs Bridge on the Watauga River arm.         • All Species - 3 pole limit per angler from boat and 6
• Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”                    pole limit per angler from bank may be used.
Center Hill                                                • Largemouth Bass - minimum length 15”
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 15”         • Smallmouth Bass - 2 per day, 16-21” PLR (one
• Walleye - A walleye run regulation is in effect on the      under 16” and one over 21”) - includes Wolf River
   upper end of the reservoir including Caney Fork            upstream to South Ford Road bridge.
   River beginning at Rock Island State Park boat ramp     • Trout - Apr. 1-Oct. 31, 7 per day (no more than 2
   and extending upstream to Great Falls Dam. Anglers         may be lake trout) and no size limit. Nov. 1-Mar. 31,
   are restricted to the use of one hook having a single      2 per day (in any combination), minimum 22”.
   point, or one lure containing a single hook with one    • Walleye - A walleye run regulation is in effect for
   point, from Jan. 1- Apr. 30. No more than 3 rods           the east fork of the Obey from Compton boat ramp
   and reels or poles per angler may be used.                 upstream to Hwy. 52 bridge. Anglers are restricted to
• Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”                    the use of one hook having a single point, or one
Cheatham                                                      lure containing a single hook with one point, from
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 14”            Jan. 1- Apr. 30. No more than 3 rods and reels or
Cherokee - A closed fishing zone will be in effect from       poles per angler may be used.
   July 15 through September 15. This zone is enclosed     • Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”
   by lines from the boat ramp at the south end of the     Douglas - Smallmouth bass and crappie harvest
   dam across the lake to Point 2, from Point 2 to Point      restrictions extend from Douglas dam upstream to
   3, and from Point 3 back across the lake to the            the ENKA dam on the Nolichucky River and the
   TWRA boat ramp at the north end of the dam. All            mouth of the Pigeon River on the French Broad.
   bank fishing will be open and the coves along the       • Walleye and Sauger - 10 per day, minimum length
   southeast shoreline will be open to boat fishing, but      15” (any combination) includes tributaries
   no fishing for any species will be allowed in the       • Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”
   described zone from July 15 through September 15.       • Smallmouth Bass – 1 per day, minimum length 20”
                                                           Ft. Loudoun
                   BOAT RAMP      DAM
                                               BOAT RAMP   • Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length
                                                           • Smallmouth Bass - minimum length 18”
                               CLOSED                      • Largemouth Bass - 5 per day (in combination with
           Cherokee        JULY 15 - SEPT 15
           Reservoir                                          Smallmouth Bass), minimum length 14”.
                               POINT 2
                                                 POINT 3   • Walleye and Sauger - 10 per day, minimum length
                                                              15” (any combination) includes tributaries
• Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length             Ft. Patrick Henry
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - 5 per day (any          • Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”
  combination), minimum length 15”. Largemouth and         Guntersville
  smallmouth bass size restrictions apply from the dam     • Crappie - 30 per day, minimum length 9”

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• Smallmouth Bass - 1 per day, minimum length 18”       • Preservation Permit required
John Sevier                                             • The use of gasoline powered boats is prohibited in
• Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length            TWRA posted areas during April and May.
• Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”              South Holston
J. Percy Priest                                         • Walleye - 5 per day minimum length 18” - includes
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 15”        tributaries
Kentucky                                                • Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 15”      • Trout - 7 per day, no size limit. Dec. 1-last day of
• Sauger - 10 per day, minimum length 14”                 Feb. closed to trout fishing
Melton Hill                                             Tellico
• Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length          • Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass – 5 per day,           • Smallmouth Bass - 5 per day, minimum length 18”
   minimum length 14” (any combination)                 • Largemouth Bass - 5 per day (in combination with
• Striped Bass - 2 per day, 32-42” PLR (only one fish     Smallmouth Bass), minimum length 14”.
   may be over 42”)                                     • Walleye - 5 per day, minimum 15”, only one of
• Walleye and Sauger - 10 per day, minimum length         which can be 24” or larger - includes tributaries
   15” (any combination)                                • Sauger - 10 per day, minimum 15”, (in combination
• Muskellunge - minimum length 44”                        with walleye) - includes tributaries
Nickajack                                               Tims Ford
• Largemouth Bass - minimum length 15”                  • Largemouth Bass - minimum length 15”
• Smallmouth Bass - 1 per day, minimum length 18”       • Smallmouth Bass - minimum length 18”
Normandy                                                Watts Bar
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 15”      • Largemouth Bass - minimum length 15”
• Walleye and Sauger (Saugeye) - 10 per day, mini-      • Smallmouth Bass – minimum length 18”
   mum length 15” (any combination)                     Watauga
Norris (Including tributaries and extending from the    • Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length
   dam upstream to the the Hwy. 25E bridge on the       • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - 5 per day,
   Clinch River arm and upstream to Gap Creek on the      minimum length 12” (any combination)
   Powell River arm)                                    • Crappie - 15 per day, minimum length 10”
• Largemouth Bass - 5 per day (in combination with      • Walleye - 5 per day, minimum length 18”
   smallmouth bass), minimum length 14”                 • Walleye run regulation from Jan. 1–Apr. 30, anglers
• Smallmouth Bass - 5 per day (in combination with        are restricted to the use of one hook having a single
   largemouth bass), minimum length 18”                   point or one lure having no more than one hook with
• Spotted Bass - 15 per day, no minimum length            a single point (artificial or bait) on the following
• Crappie - 10 per day, minimum length 10”                waters: Elk River from the Hwy. 321 Bridge down-
• Striped and Cherokee Bass - In any combination          stream to RM 3.0 (Pt. 11) on the Elk River Arm of
   • Apr.-Oct. - 2 per day, minimum length 15”            Watauga Reservoir, Doe Creek (Old Cabin Private
   • Nov.-Mar. - 1 per day, minimum length 36”            Road downstream to Roan Creek), Roan Creek
• Sunfish (Bream) - 30 per day, no minimum length         (Mountain Lake Estates Bridge downstream to Doe
• Walleye and Sauger - 5 per day, minimum length 15”      Creek), and Watauga River (NC line downstream to
   (any combination) - upstream to Grissom Island on      the end of Cownstown Road).
   the Clinch River.                                    Woods
Old Hickory                                             • See map below. (Certain areas are closed.)
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 14”
Parksville                                                    CLOSED TO FISHING
• Largemouth Bass - minimum length 14”                        FROM DEC. 1 - JAN 31

Pickwick
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - min. length 15”                                   OPEN
• Crappie - 30 per day, minimum length 9”
                                                             WATERFOWL                      CLOSED TO FISHING
Reelfoot                                                     REFUGE                         ON DUCK HUNTING DAYS
• Largemouth Bass - min. length 15”
• Crappie – 30 per day, no size limit

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EXCEPTIONS TO STATEWIDE FISHING                              EXCEPTIONS TO STATEWIDE FISHING
REGULATIONS ON TENNESSEE STREAMS                             REGULATIONS ON TENNESSEE SMALL
AND RIVERS                                                   IMPOUNDMENTS
Buffalo Creek (Grainger County)                                 Statewide regulations apply to all species not men-
• Closed to all fishing and minnow seining upstream          tioned. (See page 5. For trout, see pages 11-15.)
   from the mill dam.
Caney Fork River (headwaters of Center Hill Reser-           Allen Branch Pond (Cocke County)
   voir)                                                     • Catfish - 5 per day, no minimum length
• Walleye run regulation in effect on the upper end of       Beech River Watershed Lakes
   Center Hill Reservoir, including the Caney Fork           • Catfish - 5 per day, minimum length 15”
   River beginning at the boat ramp at Rock Island           Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA
   State Park and extending upstream to Great Falls            Ponds
   Dam. Anglers restricted to use of one hook having a       • Designated as youth fishing ponds. Fishing is permit-
   single barb or lure containing a single hook with one       ted for youths 16 years of age or younger who are
   barb from Jan. 1 through Apr. 30. No more than 3            accompanied by a non-fishing adult (18 years of age
   rods and reels or poles may be used.                        or older). Youths are limited to using one (1) pole or
Clear Creek (tributary to the Clinch River - Anderson          rod while fishing. Fishing is permitted from one-half
   County)                                                     hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
• Closed to fishing and minnow seining from Hwy. 441         • Bluegill - 10 per day
   upstream to the second dam (adjacent to the city of       • Channel catfish - 5 per day
   Norris water tower), as posted from Nov. 1 - Mar. 31.     • Largemouth Bass - catch and release only
Clinch River (Norris Reservoir upstream to Grissom           Campbell Lake (Maury County)
   Island)                                                   • Special regulations apply. See regulations posted at
• Sauger and Walleye (in combination) – 5 per day,             the lake.
   minimum length limit 15”                                  Casper Lake (Shelby County)
East Fork of the Obey River (headwaters of Dale              • Largemouth Bass - 2 per day, minimum length 16”
   Hollow Reservoir)                                         Catoosa Wildlife Management Area
• Walleye run regulation in effect on the East Fork of       • All streams and ponds are open from Apr. 1 - Dec.
   the Obey River from Compton Boat Ramp upstream              31, except on the dates of managed big game and
   to the Hwy. 52 bridge. Anglers restricted to use of one     turkey hunts.
   hook having a single barb or lure containing a single     David Crockett Lake (Greene County)
   hook with one barb from Jan. 1 through Apr. 30. No        • Crappie – 30 per day, no length limit
   more than 3 rods and reels or poles may be used.          Doakes Pond (on Norris Reservoir)
Little Buffalo River (Laurel Hill WMA) - Closed to           • The portion of Norris Reservoir known as Doakes
   fishing during big game hunts.                              Pond (a sub-impoundment), located adjacent to
Little Pigeon River (from mouth upstream to the Great          Hwy. 63 approximately 9 miles NE of Lafollette, is
   Smoky Mtns. Nat’l Park boundary, including the West         closed to fishing.
   Prong and East Fork of the Little Pigeon River)           Douglas Reservoir
• Smallmouth Bass – 1 per day, minimum length 20”            • Henderson Island WMA Rearing Pond is closed to
Mississippi River, Forked Deer, Hatchie,                       fishing year-round.
   Loosahatchie, Obion, and Wolf rivers - (includes          Federal Refuges
   main channels, sloughs, oxbows, and all tributaries.)     • Some federal wildlife refuges have closed seasons.
• Crappie - 30 per day, no minimum length                      For details contact the office of the national wildlife
Pigeon River (from mouth at French Broad River                 refuge where you wish to fish.
   upstream to North Carolina state line)                    Gooch Unit E Lake
• Smallmouth Bass - 1 per day, minimum length 20”            • Largemouth Bass - 5 per day, minimum length 15”
Wolf River (South Ford Road Bridge downstream into           Hiwassee Refuge
   Dale Hollow Reservoir)                                    • Trespassing and fishing are prohibited in
• Smallmouth Bass - 2 per day, 16-21” PLR (one                 embayments and sub-impoundments from Nov. 1 -
   under 16” and one over 21”)                                 Feb. 28. Boats must remain within the river channel
                                                               defined by navigational buoys.

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Indian Boundary Lake (in Cherokee National Forest)           STATE PARKS LAKES
• Largemouth Bass - 2 per day, minimum length 14”            • Crappie - 30 per day, no minimum length
• Catfish - 5 per day, no minimum length                     • Special regulations may apply to the lakes managed
• Crappie - 30 per day, no minimum length                      by the Department of Environment and Conservation
Kingston Wildlife Refuge                                       (TDEC). Contact your regional TWRA offices or
• Trespassing and fishing are prohibited in                    the TDEC office (615) 532-0001.
  embayments and sub-impoundments from Oct. 15 -
  Feb. 28. Boats must remain within the river channel        TWRA FISHING LAKES
  defined by navigational buoys.                                (See chart on next page)
Land Between the Lakes - All waters are open year               Eighteen TWRA managed lakes, located in Middle and
  round with the following provisions:                       West Tennessee, are open year-round. Some of these lakes
• Farm ponds are open to fishing unless otherwise            are operated by private concessionaires under contract
  posted.                                                    and offer complete services for the fishing public. The
• Bards Lake - Trotlines and limblines are prohibited.       lakes are open to fishing all week.
  Jugs are permitted from Oct. 1 - Mar. 21, with a           Hours: Lakes will open one-half hour before sunrise
  limit of 10 jugs per person.                                  and close one-half hour after sunset, except Garrett
New Lake (Lewisburg, in Marshall County)                        Lake which is open 24 hours a day.
• Largemouth Bass - 5 per day, minimum length 13”            Permits: A daily lake permit of $3.00 (available at
• Crappie - 30 per day, no size limit                           most lakes), in addition to the regular fishing
• Open one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour            license, is required to fish most of these lakes. All
  after sunset. Only rods and reels and cane poles              residents 16 through 64 years of age, except holders
  permitted.                                                    of a Sportsman License and Lifetime Sportsman
Paint Rock Refuge (on Watts Bar Reservoir)                      license, and all nonresidents (regardless of age) must
• Trespassing and fishing are prohibited in                     have this permit, which is obtainable at the lake
  embayments and sub-impoundments from Oct. 15 -                office. Resident anglers 65 years of age and older do
  Feb. 1. Boats must remain within the river channel            not need a lake permit, but do need a fishing license.
  defined by navigational buoys.                                A $30.00 Annual Lake Permit may also be pur-
Reelfoot Watershed Lake # 18                                    chased at the individual lakes, and is good at all
• Largemouth Bass - 5 per day, minimum length 15”               TWRA fishing lakes. Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake
                                                                daily lake permit should be purchased from a license
FISH ATTRACTORS                                                 agent in the surrounding area before going to the
    On many reservoirs the Tennes-                              lake.
see Wildlife Resources Agency,                               Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day: When the
other government agencies, and lo-                              lake office is closed, deposit the $3.00 permit fee in
cal sportsmen have constructed                                  an envelope just outside the office.
hundreds of “fish attractors” which                          Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all Agency
help put fish and anglers together.                             lakes.
These underwater structures work                             Speed boating, personal water craft, water skiing
by providing cover that attracts                                and swimming are prohibited (except in the
small fish, which in turn attract big                           recreational zone of Gibson County Lake). House-
fish, which attract anglers. They                               boats, sailboats and inboard cruisers are prohibited.
appeal primarily to crappie, but                                On Coy Gaither-Bedford, Marrowbone, VFW, and
bass, bluegill, and catfish are also                            Williamsport lakes, only trolling motors can be used.
found in and around them. There                              Boats may be rented for $5.00 per day at some lakes.
is no guarantee that you will catch                             There is no charge for boat cushions or paddles.
a fish from a fish attractor, but they                       Tackle: Only rods and reels, poles, hand-held lines,
are great places to start.                                      and jugs may be used (see page 15 for jug fishing
    Anglers who wish to place fish attractors in public         rules at TWRA lakes). Jugging is not allowed on
waters must obtain site and construction material approval      Gibson County Lake. Cast nets, trotlines and
from the appropriate water regulating agency (e.g. TVA,         limblines are illegal on Agency lakes. Statewide
US Army Corps of Engineers, etc.) prior to placing the          creel and size limits apply with the following
attractors.                                                     exceptions (pg. 10).
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AREA/SPECIES                                                                                                  LIMIT                 LENGTH RESTRICTION
All TWRA Lakes
  Crappie (Black and White combined) ...................................................... 30 ...................................................... 10”
All TWRA Lakes (except Bedford, Laurel Hill and Williamsport)
  Blue and Channel Catfish ......................................................................... 5 ..................................................... none
Browns Creek Lake
  Black Bass ................................................................................................ 5* ...................................... 16-21" PLR*
Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake
  Largemouth Bass ...................................................................................... 5* ...................................... 14-18" PLR*
  Bluegill/Redear combination ................................................................... 20 .................................................... none
  Blue and Channel Catfish ......................................................................... 5 .................................... 14" min. length
Davy Crockett Lake
  Black Bass ................................................................................................ 10 .................................................... none
Gibson County Lake
  Largemouth Bass ...................................................................................... 5* ...................................... 14-18" PLR*
  Bluegill/Redear (in combination) ............................................................. 20 .................................................... none
Glenn Springs Lake
  Black Bass ................................................................................................ 5* ...................................... 14-18" PLR*
  Bluegill/Redear (in combination) ............................................................. 20 .................................................... none
Herb Parsons Lake
  Black Bass ............................................................................................... 10* ..................................... 14-18" PLR*
Lake Graham
  Black Bass ............................................................................................... 10* ..................................... 14-18" PLR*
Laurel Hill Lake - One embayment is for juvenile fishing only. Youths 16 and under may fish. Nursery ponds
  closed to fishing and trespass.
  Largemouth Bass ..................................................................................... 10* ..................................... 14-18" PLR*
  Bluegill/Redear combination ................................................................... 20 .................................................... none
  Blue and Channel Catfish ......................................................................... 5 .................................... 14" min. length
Marrowbone Lake
  Black Bass ................................................................................................ 5* ...................................... 14-18" PLR*
Williamsport Lakes (4 lakes) - Whippoorwill Lake is for juvenile fishing only.Youths 16 and under and an
  accompanying adult may fish. Two wetland ponds, Egret and Heron, are closed to fishing.
  Largemouth Bass ....................................................................................... 1 .................................... 20" min. length
  Blue and Channel Catfish ......................................................................... 5 .................................... 14" min. length
  Bluegill ..................................................................................................... 20 .................................................... none
* Only 1 bass per day greater than the protected length range. See page 5 for explanation of PLR.
                                                                                                                                                     OUTBOARDS

                                                                                                                                                                 LAUNCHING
                                                                                                                                                     PERMITTED




                                                                                                                                                                                                MACHINES
                                                                                                                                 REQUIRED
                                                                                                                      LICENSES




                              TWRA FISHING LAKES
                                                                                                                                                                                                VENDING
                                                                                                                                                                             FISHING
                                                                                                                                            RENTAL




                                                                                                                                                                                                           TACKLE
                                                                                                                                 PERMIT




                                                                                                                                                                                       AREAS
                                                                                                                                                                                       PICNIC
                                                                                                                                            BOATS




                                                                                                                                                                                                           BAIT &
                                                                                                                                                                             PIERS
                                                                                                                                                                 RAMP
                                                                                                                      SOLD




                               LOCATIONS AND FACILITIES

  Brown's Creek Lake - 731-423-5725. Henderson Co. 10 miles S of I-40 in the Natchez Trace State Park. 167 acres.                  X         X         X           X           X        X
  Carroll Lake - 731-423-5725. Carroll Co. 4 miles E of McKenzie on Hwy 22. 100 acres.                                             X         X         X           X           X        X                   X
  Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake - 615-781-6622. Bedford Co. 10 miles SE of Shelbyville on Hwy 269. 47 acres.                            X                               X           X        X
  Davy Crockett Lake - 731-784-3889. Crockett Co. 5 miles W of Humboldt on Hwy 152. 87 acres.                                      X         X         X           X           X        X
  Garrett Lake - 731-423-5725. Weakley Co. 7 miles E of Dresden on Hwy 54. 183 acres.                                                                  X           X           X        X
  Gibson County Lake - 731-855-2990. Gibson Co. 5 miles E of Trenton off of Vaughns Grove Rd. 560 acres.                X          X         X         X           X           X        X                   X
  Glenn Springs Lake - 901-835-5253. Tipton Co. 12 miles NE of Millington on Glenn Springs Rd. 310 acres.               X          X         X         X           X           X        X                   X
  Herb Parsons Lake - 901-861-5087. Fayette Co. 15 miles N of Collierville on Collierville-Arlington Rd. 177 acres.     X          X         X         X           X           X        X                   X
  Lake Graham - 731-422-0950. Madison Co. 9 miles E of Jackson on Cotton Grove Rd. 500 acres.                           X          X         X         X           X           X        X                   X
  Laurel Hill Lake - 931-762-7200. Lawrence Co. 15 miles W of Lawrenceburg on Hwy 64. 325 acres.                        X          X         X         X           X           X        X         X         X
  Maples Creek Lake - 731-423-5725. Carroll Co. 4 miles N of I-40 in Natchez Trace State Park. 90 acres.                           X         X         X           X           X        X
  Marrowbone Lake - 615-876-6012. Davidson Co. 6 miles N of Joelton off of Hwy 41-A. 60 acres.                          X          X         X                     X           X        X         X         X
  VFW Lake - 931-762-7200. Lawrence Co. 12 miles W of Lawrenceburg off of Hwy 64. 22 acres.                                        X         X                     X           X        X         X
  Whiteville Lake - 731-423-5725. Hardeman Co. 2 miles S of Whiteville on Hwy 64. 158 acres.                                                           X           X           X        X
  Williamsport Lakes - (4 lakes) 931-583-2477. Maury Co. 8.5 miles NW of Columbia on Hwy 50. 164 acres total.           X          X         X                     X           X        X                   X


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                                       STATEWIDE TROUT REGULATIONS
Species ...................... Any combination of trout species
Daily Limit .................................................................. 7            QUALITY TROUT FISHING AREAS
Minimum Length ................................................. None
Exceptions:                                                                           REGULATIONS
  1. Only 2 trout in a creel may be lake trout                                        Daily limit ..................................................2 trout
  2. Minimum length limit for brook trout is 6 inches                                 Possession limit ......................................... 2 trout
                                                                                      Size limit ............................. 14" minimum length
SPECIAL TROUT REGULATIONS                                                             • Use or possession of any bait is prohibited.
                                                                                      • Trout less than 14" in length may not be
South Holston Reservoir
                                                                                         possessed within Quality Trout Fishing Areas.
• Closed to trout fishing from December 1 to the last
  day of February
                                                                                      LOCATIONS
Dale Hollow Reservoir
                                                                                      Hiwassee River: That portion of Hiwassee River
• Apr. 1-Oct. 31: 7 per day (no more than 2 may be
                                                                                        from the L & N Railroad Bridge upstream to
  Lake Trout). No size limit.
                                                                                        the U.S. Forest Service’s “Big Bend Parking
• Nov. 1-Mar. 31: 2 per day (in any combination)
                                                                                        Area.”
  minimum 22".
                                                                                      Watauga River: That portion of the Watauga
Caney Fork River (Center Hill Dam to Cumberland
                                                                                        River from Smalling Bridge downstream to the
  River, including tributaries)
                                                                                        CSX railroad bridges.
• 18” minimum length limit on brown trout.
• Only 2 trout in daily creel limit may be brown trout.
Clear Creek (tributary to Clinch River - Anderson Co.)
• Closed to fishing and minnow seining from Hwy. 441                               Polk County – Big Creek, Goforth Creek, Sheeds
  upstream to the second dam (adjacent to the city of                                Creek, Spring Creek, Sylco Creek and their tributar-
  Norris water tower), as posted from Nov. 1 - Mar. 31.                              ies in Polk County
Hiwassee River (Apalachia Powerhouse to US Forest                                  • Closed to fishing on Fridays from Mar. 1-Jul. 1
  Service’s Big Bend Parking Area)                                                   except for state and federal holidays
• 14” minimum length limit on brown trout.                                         • Only one single hook lure or baited single hook is
• only 2 trout in daily creel limit may be brown trout.                              permitted.
• Also, see quality trout fishing areas on this page.                              • The use or possession of lures or baits with multiple
Horse Creek (Greene County) - That portion from the                                  hooks is prohibited.
  US Forest Service Boundary Line upstream to the                                  • Fishing permitted from one-half hour before sunrise
  junction of Squibb Creek                                                           to one-half hour after sunset.
• Daily limit: 7 per day except from May 1-Sep. 30                                 • Fishing equipment or tackle prohibited on the stream
  daily limit is 2. Fishing is limited to ages 12 and                                banks except during legal fishing hours.
  under, ages 65 and older, and physically challenged
  individuals.                                                                     DELAYED HARVEST AREAS
South Holston River: That portion from South                                          In the areas listed below, the harvest or possession of
  Holston Dam to Hwy. 37 Bridge at Bluff City                                      trout will be prohibited during the catch-and-release sea-
• No trout between 16 and 22 inches may be harvested.                              son. During the catch-and-release season, only artificial
• Creel limit of 7 trout, any combination of species,                              lures are permitted and the use or possession of bait is
  only one trout may be over 22 inches                                             prohibited.
• Closed to all fishing Nov. 1-Jan. 31 in the following                            Paint Creek: Paint Creek Campground downstream to
  areas:                                                                              mouth at French Broad River: Catch-and-release
  1) Hickory Tree Bridge upstream to the confluence                                   season is October 1 through the last day of February.
  with Bottom Creek                                                                Tellico River: Mouth of Turkey Creek upstream to the
  2) downstream point of Boy’s Island (first island                                   mouth of North River: Catch-and-release season is
  downstream of Weaver Pike Bridge) upstream to the                                   October 1 through March 14. First stocking date is
  top of the first island above Webb Road Bridge.                                     tentatively October 3, 2005.

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                                                               TENNESSEE TROUT
(illustration by Duane Raver/USFWS)                                              (illustration by Duane Raver/USFWS)




RAINBOW TROUT                                                                    BROWN TROUT
• Small black dots throughout the body that extend into the bottom of the tail   • Brown body with large dark spots and reddish dots, many having halos
• Pink streak along the middle of the body                                       • Tail slightly forked, no spots on the bottom of the tail


(illustration by Duane Raver/USFWS)
                                                                                 (illustration by Joseph R. Tomelleri)




BROOK TROUT                                                                      LAKE TROUT
• Red, yellow or orange spots on the sides and belly                             • Deeply forked tail
• Light, worm-like markings on a dark upper body                                 • White leading edge on lower fins
• White leading edge on lower fins
• Tricolor lower fins, leading edge is white followed by black and red


                         TROUT REGULATIONS ON CHEROKEE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA




                                                                                                            CLOSED THU/FRI




                                                                                                                                                      TROUT MINIMUM
                                                                                        TELLICO-CITICO




                                                                                                            EXCEPT STATE



                                                                                                                             TROUT CREEL




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           GEAR/TACKLE
                                                                                        DAILY PERMIT




                                                                                                                                                                                             HOURS OPEN
                                NAME OF STREAM




                                                                                                            & FEDERAL
                                                                                        REQUIRED




                                                                                                                                                      SIZE LIMIT
                                                                                                            HOLIDAYS




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ALLOWED
                     Only one rod or pole permitted per angler




                                                                                                                             LIMIT
                   on the waters listed below except Calderwood




                                                                                                                                                                                             - - - - - - - - One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset - - - - - - - -
    TELLICO RIVER upstream from Turkey Creek to NC state line*                      3/15 - 9/15 3/15 - 9/15                       7                                                                                                                                                           All




                                                                                                                                                       6" Brook
                                                                                    3/15 - 9/15 3/15 - 9/15                       7                                                                                                                                                           All




                                                                                                                                                         only
    CITICO CREEK upstream from Little Citico Creek*
    GREEN COVE POND - Fishing limited to handicapped** individuals,                 Year-round Year-round                         7                                                                                                                                                          All -
    children under age 13, and adults 65 years of age and older.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No minnows




                                                                                                                                                          6" Brook, 9" Brown and Rainbow
    NORTH RIVER and tributaries                                                            No                     No              3
    BALD RIVER and tributaries                                                             No                     No              3




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           One single-hook lure separated from a legal lure by a length of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Only single-hook artificial lures and flies are permitted. Use or
    NORTH FORK CITICO CREEK and tributaries                                                No                     No              3
    SOUTH FORK CITICO CREEK and tributaries                                                No                     No              3




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              possession of multiple hook lures, or bait is prohibited.
    LAUREL FORK CREEK and tributaries beginning at cable crossing 1/2                      No                     No              3
    mile upstream from Dennis Cove Recreation Area and extending upstream




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      line (e.g. a dropper fly) is also permitted.
    GEE CREEK and tributaries in Polk County                                               No                     No              3
    WOLF CREEK and tributaries in Polk County                                              No                     No              3
    BEAVERDAM CREEK and tributaries from its confluence with Birch                         No                     No              3
    Branch downstream to Tank Hollow Road (USFS Rd. 6044)
    PAINT CREEK and tributaries in Greene Co. from USFS campground                         No                     No              3
    upstream to US Forest Service boundary line south of Hwy 70 near
    Munday Gap

    ROCKY FORK and tributaries                                                             No                     No
    HIGGINS CREEK and tributaries                                                          No                     No
                                                                                                                             only 3 Brook trout


                                                                                                                                                    6" Brook, No size
                                                                                                                                                    limit on Rainbow




    SQUIBB CREEK                                                                           No                     No
    SARVIS COVE                                                                            No                     No
                                                                                                                                                         or Brown
                                                                                                                                  7 trout,




    DRY CREEK and tributaries (Greene Co.) upstream from US Forest                         No                     No
    Service boundary
    SYCAMORE CREEK and tributaries                                                         No                     No
    ROUGH RIDGE CREEK and tributaries                                                      No                     No
    LITTLE JACOB CREEK (Sullivan Co.)                                                      No                     No
    LEFT PRONG HAMPTON CREEK (Carter Co.)                                                  No                     No

    SLICKROCK CREEK that portion which constitutes boundary                                No                     No              4               All trout 7"
    between NC and TN

    CALDERWOOD RESERVOIR (limblines and trotlines prohibited)                              No                     No              7                None                                    24 hrs.                                                                                                               All
    ALL OTHER STREAMS IN CHEROKEE WMA (not listed above)                                   No                     No              7               Gen. Reg.                                24 hrs.                                                                                                               All

*  The possession of fishing equipment and/or tackle is prohibited on                  to be unable to move without aid of crutches or a wheelchair, or a
   stream banks except during legal fishing hours.                                     person who has 80% permanent impairment of a hand or arm as
** Handicap - Any person who is mentally or physically impaired (in-                   determined by physician using the standards outlined in the “Guide
   cluding blindness) because of injury or disease, congenital or ac-                  to Evaluation of Permanent Rating” published by the AMA or other
   quired, which permanently renders him/her so severely disabled as                   accepted rating system.

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GATLINBURG TROUT FISHING                                      2) From April 1 through November 30:
   TWRA and the City of Gatlinburg offer a variety of            • General Streams - The creel limit is five (5) trout
trout fishing opportunities in four streams. All streams           per day.
are closed on Thursdays each week. Some areas are                • Children’s Streams - The creel limit is two (2) per
managed especially for children 12 and under. All areas            day for children twelve (l2) and under.
have special regulations and permit requirements (see            • Total possession limit shall not exceed twice the
page 4). For more information contact the Gatlinburg               daily creel limit
Chamber of Commerce, 520 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN                 • While fishing or when afield, possession of more
37738. Phone 865-436-4558; 1-800-568-4748.                         than the daily creel limit shall be prohibited,
                                                                   regardless of whether the trout are fresh, stored in
GATLINBURG REGULATIONS                                             an ice chest, in a vehicle, or otherwise preserved.
WATERS OPEN: The taking of trout is permitted
   within the streams designated below and under the          GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL
   limits and during of the times listed below.               PARK
A. General Streams:                                              Most of the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains
• West Prong Little Pigeon River from Park Boundary           National Park provide trout fishing opportunities. For
   to Gnatty Branch except those sections set aside as        detailed fishing information and regulations, contact Park
   Children’s Streams.                                        Headquarters, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. (865) 436-1200.
• Dudley Creek from Park Boundary to West Prong
   Little Pigeon River, except those sections set aside       FORT CAMPBELL MILITARY
   as Children’s Streams.                                     RESERVATION
• Roaring Fork from the Park Boundary to West Prong              Several streams on Fort Campbell Military Reserva-
   Little Pigeon River.                                       tion including Noah’s Spring Branch, Little West Fork
• Leconte Creek from Painter Branch to West Prong             and Fletcher’s Fork are stocked with rainbow and brown
   Little Pigeon River.                                       trout. Special fishing regulations apply and a Post fish-
B. Children’s Streams: (May only be fished by                 ing permit is required in addition to a valid Tennessee
   children l2 and under)                                     fishing license and trout stamp. For details, contact the
• Leconte Creek from Painters Branch upstream to              Community Recreation Division, Hunting and Fishing
   Park Boundary.                                             Unit, Fort Campbell, KY 42223-5000; phone: (270)
• West Prong Little Pigeon River from l00 yards               798-2175.
   above entrance of Herbert Holt Park downstream to
   Gatlinburg By-pass Bridge.
• Dudley Creek from Highway 44l Bridge to West
   Prong Little Pigeon River.

SEASON AND CREEL LIMITS:                                                 2005 RESERVOIR
Fishing permitted year-round, except on Thursday, from
l/2 hour before official sunrise to l/2 hour after official
                                                                          TROUT FISHING
sunset. Fishing is permitted with one hand-held rod and
single hook only.                                               RESERVOIR              TROUT SPECIES
1) From December 1 through March 31:                            Calderwood             rainbow trout, brook trout,
   • Possession of any trout shall be prohibited.                                      brown trout and lake trout
   • All trout caught must be immediately returned to           Chilhowee              rainbow trout and lake trout
      the water.                                                Dale Hollow            rainbow trout and
   • Use or possession of bait is prohibited. Use or                                   brown trout
      possession of any artificial lures other than single      Fort Patrick Henry     rainbow trout
      hook artificial flies, spinners, and spoons is            Parksville             rainbow trout
      prohibited. The use of one dropper fly having a           South Holston          rainbow trout and
      single hook which is separated from a legal lure                                 brown trout
      by a length of line is permissible.                       Tellico (upper)        rainbow trout
                                                                Watauga                rainbow trout and lake trout


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                      2005 TWRA TENTATIVE TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE
The dates listed are all Sundays. The stocking event will happen within five days after the date listed. Trout will be stocked according to this schedule. However,
any stocking event could be postponed or cancelled due to unforseen problems, such as adverse weather.
                                      WEEK OF




  * From Mar. 1-Jul.1 stream is closed to fishing on Fridays (except the day of state and federal holidays). Only single hook lures or bait are allowed. Legal
    fishing hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. (See page 11.)
 ** From Mar. 15-Sep. 15 water is closed to fishing on Thursdays and Fridays (except holidays) and a daily permit is required. (See page 12.)
*** Daily permit is always required. Green Cove Pond will be stocked year-round, weather permitting. Closed Thursdays and Fridays year-round, except the
    day of holidays. (See page 12.)

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TAILWATER TROUT
  TWRA stocks fingerling and adult trout into coldwater tailwaters below dams to provide fishing opportunities. In
many tailwaters trout fishing can be good year-round. Catchable size fish are stocked routinely during the following
months. Use caution below dams. Call TVA at 1-800-238-2264 to check dam discharge and generation schedules.
 TAILWATER          BELOW                       SPECIES STOCKED                            SCHEDULE FOR CATCHABLE-SIZE TROUT
 Elk River          Tims Ford Dam               rainbow trout & brown trout                March through November
 Duck River         Normandy Dam                rainbow trout & brown trout                March through June, November and December
 Caney Fork River   Center Hill Dam             rainbow trout & brown trout                March through December
 Stones River       J. Percy Priest Dam         rainbow trout                              December through March
                                                                                           (Trout fishing is only productive during the stocked period.)
 Obey River         Dale Hollow Dam             rainbow trout & brown trout                January through December
 Hiwassee River     Appalachian Dam             rainbow trout & brown trout                January through December
 Ocoee River        Ocoee Dam #1 - Parksville   rainbow trout                              March and April
 Clinch River       Norris Dam                  rainbow trout & brown trout                March through September
 S. Holston River   S. Holston Dam              rainbow trout & brown trout                March through September
 Watauga River      Wilbur Dam                  rainbow trout, brown trout & brook trout   March through September
 Wilbur Reservoir   Watauga Dam                 rainbow trout                              February through May
 Holston River      Cherokee Dam                rainbow trout & brown trout                November through April
 S. Holston River   Fort Patrick Henry Dam      rainbow trout & brown trout                March and April



     REGULATIONS FOR METHODS OTHER THAN ROD AND REEL
TROTLINES, LIMBLINES AND JUGS                                                  Indian Boundary Lake - Closed to trotlines, jugs and
   Trotlines consist of a main line with drop lines to which                     limblines.
single hooks are attached. Drop lines must not be closer                       New Johnsonville Steam Plant Harbor - 10 jugs or
than 24 inches. All nongame fish may be taken without                            blocks per angler. Trotlines prohibited.
limit except paddlefish.                                                       Norris Reservoir - Trotlines, limblines and jugs are
   Trotlines, limblines and jugs must be tagged and/or                           prohibited between River Mile 32 (Point 15) and
marked with the owner’s name and address. Trotlines at-                          Hwy. 25E Bridge on the Powell River arm and
tached to the bank must be tagged on the line within five                        Between River Mile 137 (Point 31) and the Hwy.
feet of the bank. Other trotlines must be tagged within                          25E Bridge on the Clinch River arm from January 1
five feet of either end, and floating trotlines must be marked                   through April 30.
on floats. The holder of a sport fishing license may use                       TWRA Lakes - 10 jugs or blocks per boat daily
one or more trotlines not having a combination of more                           except, from April 1-September 30, jug fishing is not
than one hundred hooks. Limblines (including yo-yos) must                        allowed on Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day,
be tagged above water level and are allowed only one hook                        Independence Day, and Labor Day. Trotlines and
per line. Sport anglers are limited to 25 limblines. Sport                       limblines prohibited. Exception: No jugging allowed
anglers are limited to 50 jugs or blocks each.                                   on Gibson County Lake.
   Trotlines, limblines and jugs must be run at least once
each day and are prohibited within 1,000 yards below                           SLAT BASKETS
any TVA or Corps of Engineers dam. Trotlines may not                              Holders of annual sport fishing license, Sportsman
be set within 100 yards of the mouth of any river, creek                       License, Lifetime Sportsman License, Jr. Fishing license,
or slough.                                                                     Lifetime Senior Citizens license or residents 65 and over
                                                                               (prior to March 1, 1991) or under 13 may fish with one
Exceptions:                                                                    slat basket, provided the slat basket is marked with a metal
Allen Branch Pond and Chilhowee (McKamy) Pond                                  tag, obtainable from the TWRA for an annual fee of $5.00.
  in Cherokee WMA - Closed to jugs and trotlines.                              Possession or use of more than one slat basket is prohib-
Bards Lake on Land Between the Lakes - Closed to                               ited. A slat basket is defined as a device used for taking
  trotlines and limblines. Jugs permitted from October                         nongame fish only. Slat baskets may have only one out-
  1-March 21.                                                                  side funnel opening and must be made of wood, plastic
Beech River Watershed Development Authority - 20                               or cane slats which are placed lengthwise and so con-
  jugs or blocks per boat. Trotlines prohibited.                               structed that there must be a minimum of four openings
Calderwood - Trotlines and limblines prohibited.                               in the catching area, each being at least 1-1/2" wide and
Danville Railroad Bridge Dikes - Trotlines prohibited                          6" long. Fish taken may not be sold.
  within 50 yards of dikes.                                                       Slat baskets may not be set within 100 yards of the
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mouth of any river, creek or slough.                          MINNOW TRAPS AND SEINES
   Applications for metal tags can be obtained by writ-          A legal minnow trap shall not have a mouth opening
ing to: Administrative Services, TWRA, P. O. Box 40747,       or openings that exceeds 1-1/2 inches in diameter. A le-
Nashville, TN 37204. If you are applying in person and        gal minnow seine is a net having mesh size no greater
need directions to the TWRA central office, call              than three-eights inch on the square and no longer than
615-781-6585.                                                 10 feet.
                                                                 The catching of minnows for the purpose of sale in
GRABBLING, GIGGING, GRAB HOOKS,                               Cannon, Lincoln, Macon, Moore, Smith, Sumner, and
SNAGGING, TUBBING, ARCHERY,                                   Trousdale counties is prohibited. The possession limit
SPEAR-GUN, DIPPING AND CAST                                   on minnows is 250 per person in Lincoln and Moore
NETTING                                                       counties and 150 per person in Cannon, Macon, Smith,
   Non-game fish, except paddlefish and catfish, may be       Sumner, and Trousdale counties.
taken without limit; game fish may not be taken. Season          It is unlawful to sell, take for sale or offer for sale,
open year round in all waters except:                         Horneyhead (Stoneroller) minnows in Carter, Unicoi,
   A. where closed to fishing or expressly prohibited.        Washington, Johnson, Morgan, and Sullivan counties.
   B. within 100 yards below dams. At Pickwick Dam
      the closed area extends downstream to the first         SHAD TRAWLING
      moorage cell across from ramp.                             Season is open year round. All waters are open except
   C. at John Sevier Steam Plant the discharge channel        within 1,000 yards below any dam. Only threadfin or giz-
      is closed.                                              zard shad may be taken. A legal trawl is one having a
B and C do not apply to cast netting or dipping.              mesh size no larger than 1- inch, a hoop diameter no larger
   Cast nets must be no more than 10 feet in radius with      than 48 inches, and a net length no longer than 72 inches.
a mesh size no smaller than one quarter inch, and no larger   Fish taken may not be sold.
than one inch on the square.
   Grabbling, gigging, grab hooks, tubbing, archery,          TURTLES
spear-gun and dipping is prohibited in the following             Only the common snapping turtle may be taken. Snap-
counties: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis,           ping turtles taken by sport fishing methods may not be
Marshall, Maury, Wayne. Snagging and cast nets are per-       sold.
mitted.                                                          Snapping turtles may be taken by all legal sport fish-
   Gigging is closed on the East Fork of the Obey River       ing methods except archery, spearguns and dipping. Daily
and its tributaries from Jan. 1 - Apr. 30.                    limit is 5 with a minimum legal length of 12 inches.
   Snagging is prohibited year round on the South             (Length is determined by measuring the upper shell from
Holston tailwater (from South Holston Dam to the head-        front to back.) Sport fishermen may also take snapping
waters of Boone Reservoir) and Center Hill Reservoir.         turtles by the use of up to three hoop nets, with mini-
   Grabbling, gigging, grab hooks, snagging, tubbing,         mum net size of three inches on the square in Benton,
archery, spear-gun and dipping is prohibited on the           Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette,
following waters from Jan. 1–Apr. 30:                         Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry,
• Norris Reservoir - between River Mile 32 (Point 15)         Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madi-
   and the Highway 25E Bridge on the Powell River arm         son, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, and Weakley
   and between River Mile 137 (Point 31) and the              counties. Each net must be marked with the name and
   Highway 25E Bridge on the Clinch River arm                 address of the owner. Each net must be set so that a
• Elk River in Carter County - from the Highway               portion of the catch area is above the water.
   321 Bridge downstream to River Mile 3.0 (Point 11)            On Reelfoot Wildlife Management Area all sizes and
   on the Elk River arm of Watauga Reservoir                  species of turtles, except box turtles or turtles listed as
• Doe Creek - Old Cabin Private Road downstream to            endangered or threatened or listed as “In Need of Man-
   Roan Creek                                                 agement,” may be taken year-round with a combined daily
• Roan Creek - Mountain Lakes Estates Bridge                  limit of 5 for all species by legal sport fishing methods.
   downstream to Doe Creek.                                      No turtle may be possessed while afield which has been
• Watauga River - NC state line downstream to end             altered to the extent that its species and/or length cannot
   of Cownstown Road                                          be determined.



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                                       GENERAL INFORMATION
    It is the duty of every person participating in the privi-   responding state is valid in the following waters.
leges of taking or possessing wildlife to permit agency             ALABAMA/MISSISSIPPI: Pickwick Lake - Ap-
officers to ascertain whether the requirements of this           plies to anyone with a valid Sport Fishing License from
title are being faithfully complied with, including the          Tennessee, Alabama or Mississippi. Resident anglers of
possession of a proper license. It is a violation of law to      the three states may fish without purchasing a nonresi-
refuse such inspection or to interfere with an officer           dent license anywhere within the boundaries covered by
attempting such inspection.                                      the agreement. The reciprocal area includes all impounded
                                                                 water from Pickwick Dam upstream to Tennessee River
BASIC LAWS & DEFINITIONS                                         Mile 224.8 at the mouth of Bear Creek but does not in-
• Stocking of any fish into public waters is strictly            clude Bear Creek and does not include that portion of
  prohibited.                                                    Yellow Creek above the Hwy. 25 Bridge. Sport fishing
• Explosives, chemicals and electrical shocking                  license holders shall abide by the regulations of the state
  devices are strictly forbidden, and their use carries          in whose waters they are fishing.
  heavy penalties.                                                  ARKANSAS: The flowing waters of the Mississippi
• Shooting in the water with any type of firearm to              River, adjacent sloughs, bayous and old river runs, which
  injure or take fish or turtles is prohibited.                  are accessible by boat from the river proper, and the old
• All boaters and passengers must wear a Coast Guard             river chutes forming a common boundary, excluding all
  approved life jacket within the area designated and            wildlife management areas established by either state and
  appropriately marked as a hazardous area below any             the Wolf, Loosahatchie, Hatchie, Forked Deer and Obion
  dam and/or lock.                                               rivers. Creel limits and other regulations of the state where
• Crossbows are prohibited.                                      the license was issued apply.
• It is illegal to take any fish or turtle that is endan-           KENTUCKY: Dale Hollow Lake - Sportfishing li-
  gered, threatened or listed as in need of management.          censes from either state are recognized in Wolf River in-
• It is illegal to sell or offer to sell fish or turtles         cluding Illwill Creek, beginning at a line crossing the Wolf
  without a commercial fishing license.                          River at its mouth where it joins the Obey River. Creel
Umbrella rig restriction - Umbrella rigs are defined             limits and other regulations of the state where the license
  as an array of more than 3 artificial lures or baits           was issued apply. Big South Fork of the Cumberland
  (with or without hooks) used by a single rod and reel          River - Sportfishing licenses from either state are recog-
  combination. If                                                nized from Leatherwood Ford Bridge (Hwy. 279) in Ten-
  the hook size is 6                                             nessee, downstream to the Hwy. 92 bridge at Yamacraw,
                             #6                 #6               Kentucky. Creel limits and other regulations of the state
  or larger, then
                           single            treble              where the license was issued apply. Kentucky Lake -
  only one lure or
  bait may have a                                                Each state will recognize the sport fishing licenses for
  hook and that                                                  the other state on the portion of Kentucky Lake south of
  hook must be a                        actual size              the Eggners Ferry Bridge (US 68 & Hwy. 80) in Ken-
  single hook.                                                   tucky and north of the Governor Ned McWherter Bridge
Single hook - a hook with only one point.                        (US 79 & Hwy. 76) in Tennessee. This includes all
Bait - Any living or dead organism, or prepared                  embayments and tributaries within this portion of Ken-
  substance designed to attract fish by taste or odor.           tucky Lake except the Blood River embayment. Blood
  For the purpose of this proclamation bait includes,            River embayment shall be defined as a straight line be-
  but is not limited to, fish, fish eggs, crayfish, worms,       tween opposite points where the embayment connects to
  grubs, crickets, corn, cheese, bread, pork rinds, putty        the main body of Kentucky Lake. A sport fishing license
  or paste-type products, and flavors or scents applied          holder from either state may fish from the bank or attach
  to or impregnated into artificial lures.                       legal sport fishing trot or limb lines in this described por-
                                                                 tion of Kentucky Lake. Sport fishing license holders shall
RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS                                            abide by the regulations of the state in whose waters they
   Tennessee has several reciprocal agreements with ad-          are fishing. Wildlife enforcement officials in either state
jacent states. These agreements have been arranged so            shall have the right to inspect the licenses, permits, catches
that any fishing license from either Tennessee or the cor-       and equipment of any person on this portion of Kentucky
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Lake subject to the laws of either state.                     tact your regional TWRA office to find out what’s going
   MISSOURI: Persons possessing a valid sportfishing          on in your area or let them know you are interested in
license in either state may fish in the Mississippi River     sponsoring or volunteering to help with an event. An-
and its backwaters within the boundaries of the other state   glers and would-be anglers should check the events list
and any oxbow lakes through which the Missouri-Ten-           often since more fishing rodeos are frequently added.
nessee boundary passes. They may fish from or attach          Whatever you do, don’t miss the fun!
any device or equipment to land under the jurisdiction of           Note: Free Fishing Day and Week apply to
the other state. Persons licensed in only one state may       Tennessee’s public waters, Agency owned and operated
not fish in the Mississippi River tributaries of the other    lakes, and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay
state. Anglers must comply with the fishing regulations       lakes continue to charge during this special day and week.
of the state where they are fishing and when fishing where    Please consult with lake operators if you have any ques-
they are not licensed will comply with the most restric-      tions about the status of a particular facility.
tive state’s regulation. Persons legally exempted from li-
cense requirements of either state are entitled to these      WATER RELEASE SCHEDULES FOR DAMS
privileges and provisions.                                      Water release schedules of TVA and Corps of Engi-
   Except where it is shown to be elsewhere, the center       neers dams and observed lake elevations of TVA im-
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation channel        poundments can be determined by calling one of the fol-
will be the boundary between Tennessee and Missouri.          lowing numbers:
   NORTH CAROLINA: All of Calderwood Reser-                          from Knoxville ................................ 865-632-2264
voir while fishing from a boat and in that portion of                from Chattanooga ........................... 423-751-2264
Slickrock Creek which constitutes the boundary between               from another location ................... 1-800-238-2264
the two states. (See chart on page 12 for trout regulations          or on the internet ............... www.lakeinfo.tva.gov
on Calderwood Reservoir and Slickrock Creek.)                   For information on lake elevations of Corps of Engi-
                                                              neers impoundments, call:
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NAT. PARK                                 J. Percy Priest Lake ............................. 615-883-2351
   A valid fishing license obtained from the state of Ten-      Old Hickory Lake ................................ 615-824-7766
nessee or the state of North Carolina is required and hon-      Cordell Hull Lake ................................ 615-735-1050
ored throughout the park for all persons 13 years of age        Center Hill Lake .................................. 931-858-4366
and older. A Tennessee trout license is not required. The       Dale Hollow Lake ............................... 931-243-3408
National Park Service sets fishing regulations within the       Lake Barkley ....................................... 270-362-8430
park. For detailed fishing information, contact Park Head-      Cheatham Lake .................................... 615-883-2351
quarters, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. (865) 436-1200.                 Websites .......... www.orn.usace.army.mil (Nashville)
                                                                 ................................. www.usace.army.mil (National)
FREE FISHING DAY/WEEK
   Saturday, June 11, is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee        HOW TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A STATE
and anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age may          RECORD CERTIFICATE:
fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters!     1. The fish must be weighed on certified scales.
Even better, if you are 15 years old or younger, you may      2. Two witnesses, one of which must be the scale
fish free the entire week, beginning on Free Fishing Day,        operator/owner, must sign the application certifying
June 11, and running through the following Friday, June          they have observed the declared weight.
17. Of course, children younger than 13 years old may         3. It is the responsibility of the angler to contact a
fish free at any time.                                           TWRA Fisheries Biologist for positive identification
   This day and week are annual events in Tennessee and          of the fish. The fish should be frozen until posi-
are great opportunities to introduce children to the joys        tively identified.
and excitement of a day on the water catching fish! Not       4. Only two hybrid classifications, the Cherokee Bass
only is fishing a great family activity, it helps make us        (striped bass x white bass) and the saugeye (walleye
more aware of our natural environment.                           x sauger), will be considered for a state record
   Finding a place to fish is easier than ever. Starting in      certificate.
late spring, all you need to do is go to www.tnwildlife.org   5. The completed application must be forwarded to the
to view the 2005 Kid’s Fishing Events. There you will            TWRA Fisheries Management Division within 30
find a variety of activities planned across the state with       days of the catch in order to be considered for a state
details as to event locations and times. You can also con-       record certificate.

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                                        TENNESSEE ANGLING RECORDS
                                  CLASS “A” SPORT FISHING - AS OF JANUARY 1, 2005
COMMON NAME                        WEIGHT           LOCATION                                  ANGLER                  DATE
Coosae (Redeye) Bass               1 lb. 15 oz.     Parksville Reservoir                      Harry E. Parker         8/18/91
Smallmouth Bass*                   11 lbs. 15 oz.   Dale Hollow Reservoir                     D. L. Hayes             7/9/55
Largemouth Bass                    14 lbs. 8 oz.    Sugar Creek, (Lawrence County)            Logue Barnett           10/17/54
Spotted Bass                       5 lbs. 8 oz.     Center Hill Reservoir                     Gary Martin             2/4/89
Striped Bass (rockfish)            65 lbs. 6 oz.    Cordell Hull Reservoir                    Ralph H. Dallas         5/1/00
White Bass                         5 lbs. 10 oz.    Mississippi River                         Bill Nelson             9/29/03
Cherokee Bass (Hybrid)             23 lbs. 3 oz.    Stones River                              Ray Pelfrey             4/17/98
Yellow Bass                        2 lbs. 9 oz.     Duck River (near Waverly, TN)             John T. Chappell        2/27/98
Brook Trout                        3 lbs. 14 oz.    Hiwassee River                            Jerry Wills             8/15/73
Brown Trout                        28 lbs. 12 oz.   Clinch River                              Greg Ensor              8/30/88
Cutthroat Trout                    6 oz.            Obey River (Dale Hollow tailwater)        Philip Neyman           6/1/69
Rainbow Trout                      16 lbs. 15 oz.   Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir               Ronnie Rowland          9/6/02
Ohrid Trout                        14 lbs. 5 oz.    Watauga Reservoir                         Richard Lynn Carter     3/28/86
Lake Trout                         20 lbs. 1 oz.    Watauga Reservoir                         Eddy Southerland        4/2/94
Black Crappie                      4 lbs. 4 oz.     Brown’s Creek Lake                        Clyde Freeman           3/23/85
White Crappie                      5 lbs. 1 oz.     Garner Brown’s Pond (Dickson County)      Bill Allen              4/20/68
Yellow Perch                       1 lb. 15 oz.     Hiwassee River                            Danny Casson            12/6/92
                                   1 lb. 15 oz.     Melton Hill                               David C. Lyons          8/25/96
Sauger                             7 lbs. 6 oz.     Kentucky Reservoir (Pickwick tailwater)   Rayford D. Voss         2/19/73
Saugeye                            10 lbs. 12 oz.   Melton Hill Reservoir                     Chris Vittetoe          7/18/98
Walleye*                           25 lbs.          Old Hickory Reservoir                     Mabry Harper            8/3/60
Northern Pike                      24 lbs. 8 oz.    South Holston Reservoir                   Frank Childers          3/28/95
Muskellunge                        42 lbs. 8 oz.    Norris Reservoir                          Kyle F. Edwards         4/27/83
Chain Pickerel                     7 lbs. 7 oz.     Kentucky Reservoir                        Burke Williams          2/2/91
Bluegill                           3 lbs.           Farm Pond (Bledsoe County)                Brad Pendergrass        12/19/87
                                   3 lbs.           Fall Creek Falls Creek                    Thelma Grissom          6/27/77
Pumpkinseed                        5 oz.            Dogwood Lake                              Lynn Middleton          6/14/98
Green Sunfish                      l lb. 4 oz.      North Cross Creek                         Dwight M. Lehman        6/8/91
Longear Sunfish                    13 oz.           Pond (Overton County)                     Kay Forsberg            5/15/85
Redbreast Sunfish                  1 lb. 5 oz.      Holston River                             R. W. Gillespie         6/22/74
Redear Sunfish                     3 lbs. 6 oz.     Private Pond                              Annelise S. Houston     9/1/79
Rock Bass                          2 lbs. 8 oz.     Stones River                              Bill Sanford            1958
Warmouth                           1 lb. 12 oz.     Nolichucky River                          Frank E. Garrett        5/26/84
Flier                              8 oz.            Kentucky Reservoir                        Craig Ellis             6/8/01
Orangespotted Sunfish              5 oz.            Nolichucky River                          Donald Daryl Fox        5/30/82
Channel Catfish                    41 lbs.          Fall Creek Falls Lake                     Clint Walters, Jr.      7/30/82
Flathead Catfish                   85 lbs. 15 oz.   Hiwassee River                            Larry Kaylor            7/25/93
Blue Catfish                       112 lbs.         Lock C, Cumberland River                  Robert E. Lewis         6/7/98
Brown Bullhead                     2 lbs. 14 oz.    Chickamauga Reservoir                     John Thomas Hammond     6/5/80
Black Bullhead                     3 lbs. 6 oz.     Emberton’s Pond (Cannon County)           Hunter Chance Gaither   2/20/97
Yellow Bullhead                    4 lbs. 8 oz.     Chickamauga Reservoir                     Jessie R. Johnson       4/21/79
Bigmouth Buffalo                   52 lbs. 2 oz.    Percy Priest Reservoir                    Greg Megibben           4/6/01
Smallmouth Buffalo                 62 lbs. 7 oz.    Percy Priest Reservoir                    Jerry W. Young          4/28/01
Black Buffalo                      55 lbs. 8 oz.    Cherokee Reservoir                        Ed H. McLain            5/3/84
Longnose Gar                       38 lbs. 3 oz.    Barkley Reservoir                         Mathew A. Norton        4/19/02
Shortnose Gar                      6 lbs. 6 oz.     Kentucky Reservoir                        Kay Lynn Butterfield    6/15/01
Spotted Gar                        9 lbs. 5 oz.     Cross Creeks                              Victor Robinson         6/27/99
Golden Shiner                      15 oz.           Chickamauga Reservoir                     Dave Littlejohn         3/26/99
Skipjack Herring*                  4 lbs.           Watts Bar Reservoir                       Chris Vittetoe          2/28/04
Common Carp                        42 lbs. 8 oz.    Boone Reservoir                           Al Moore                8/12/56
Bighead Carp*                      73 lbs. 8 oz.    Reelfoot Lake                             Michael C. Hicks        5/7/03
Israeli Carp                       53 lbs.          Marrowbone Lake                           John R. Pepper, Jr.     5/21/97
Freshwater Drum                    54 lbs. 8 oz.    Nickajack Reservoir                       Benny Hull              4/20/72
Paddlefish                         75 lbs.          Center Hill Reservoir                     Shane S. Henry          4/28/84
Bowfin                             15 lbs. 7 oz.    Reelfoot Lake                             Charles Aaron           6/22/83
River Redhorse                     11 lbs.          Duck River                                Cliff Crowell           4/6/93
Golden Redhorse                    2 lbs. 9 oz.     Elk River                                 K. Daniel Boone         10/10/98
Silver Redhorse                    3 lbs. 7 oz.     Nolichucky River                          James E. Moore          3/15/02
Creek Chub                         3 oz.            Roan Creek                                Danny Kurtilla          3/13/00
                                   3 oz.            White Oak Creek                           Thomas R. Gould         7/23/03
Central Stoneroller (Hornyhead)    10 oz.           Hiwassee River                            Roy S. King             5/1/83
White Sucker                       1 lb. 7 oz.      Nolichucky River                          Max Moore Jr.           3/15/02
Goldeye                            14 oz.           Cumberland River                          Harold A. Sanders       4/17/93
Mooneye                            14 oz.           Hiwassee River                            Alan S. Cantrell        4/12/90
Highfin Carpsucker                 1 lb. 9 oz.      Kentucky Reservoir (Pickwick tailwater)   Jim Youmans             2/28/80
White Amur                         67 lbs.          Norris Reservoir                          Billy Greenlee          4/13/99
(*World Record)


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FEDERAL AID (WALLOP-BREAUX) PROJECTS
   The TWRA’s fisheries management programs are
funded from license sales and by federal aid money re-
ceived through the Federal Aid to Sport Fish Restoration
Program (Wallop-Breaux). The federal aid money is gen-
erated by an excise tax paid by anglers on various kinds
of fishing equipment and taxes collected on marine fuel.
The money is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and can be spent only under their guidelines.
   Currently the TWRA projects funded by federal aid
include:
• renovation of fish hatcheries to increase production
• fishing piers designed to accommodate handicapped
   anglers
• renovation and construction of boat ramps across the
   state
• acquisition of stream access sites
• evaluation of length limits and stocking success on
   reservoirs and streams                                     DO YOU FISH BASS TOURNAMENTS?
• stream and river habitat improvement projects
• statewide construction and maintenance of fish                     • What is the average size bass weighed
                                                                                in for tournaments?
   attractors
                                                              • How many hours does it take to catch a 5 pound bass?
• habitat protection which includes investigating            • What lake in Tennessee has the highest bass catch rate?
   pollution problems                                           • What is the bass catch rate of tournament anglers?
• fish population surveys on reservoirs, lakes, and
   streams                                                   If you would like to know the answers to these questions
                                                                 and a lot more, join the TWRA B.I.T.E. program!
                                                                         For more information, contact:
                                                                                  BITE Program
                                                                      Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
                                                                         Fisheries Management Division
                                                                                 P.O. Box 40747
                                                                              Nashville, TN 37204
                                                                                 (615) 781-6577




                                                           Contact your regional TWRA office or log on to
                                                           www.tnwildlife.org for a list of bank fishing locations.



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                                              CONTAMINANTS IN FISH
   The Tennessee Department of Environment and Con-                       tions of toxic materials than smaller ones since they are
servation, Division of Water Pollution Control issues ad-                 older and have had more time to accumulate them. Many
visories for consumption of fish from certain Tennessee                   toxic materials are stored in fatty tissues, so when clean-
waters. These fish contain potentially hazardous con-                     ing fish remove and discard the belly flap and fatty strip
taminants.                                                                along the backbone and lateral line. Filleting the fish
   High risk groups such as children, pregnant women,                     and removing the skin is also advisable. Broiling, bak-
and nursing mothers should avoid consumption of con-                      ing, or grilling provides additional risk reduction. These
taminated fish. Because adverse health effects for nor-                   risk reduction suggestions do not reduce health risks re-
mal risk groups are considered to be a result of routine                  lated to mercury.
and long-term exposure, an infrequent meal of listed fish                    For specific information regarding aquatic contami-
is not believed to have a measurable health risk.                         nants or affected waters, contact your regional TWRA
   Health risks can be substantially reduced by taking a                  office or the Water Pollution Control (Environment and
few precautions. Big fish tend to have higher concentra-                  Conservation) office at (615) 532-0699.



                                                     CURRENT FISH ADVISORIES
  STREAM                       COUNTY                PORTION              POLLUTANT             COMMENTS
  Loosahatchie River           Shelby                Mile 0.0-20.9        Chlordane             Fish should not be eaten.
  Wolf River                   Shelby                Mile 0.0-18.9        Chlordane             Fish should not be eaten.
  Mississippi River            Shelby                MS line to           Chlordane             Fish should not be eaten.
                                                     mile 745                                   Commercial fishing prohibited by TWRA.
  McKellar Lake                Shelby                Entirety             Chlordane             Fhis should not be eaten.
  Nonconnah Creek              Shelby                Mile 0.0-1.8         Chlordane             Fish should not be eaten.
                                                                                                Advisory ends at Horn Lake Road bridge.
  N. Fork Holston River        Sullivan,             Mile 0.0-6.2         Mercury               Fish should not be eaten.
                               Hawkins                                                          Advisory goes to TN/VA line.
  E. Fork of Poplar Creek      Anderson,             Mile 0.0-15.0        Mercury, PCBs         Fish should not be eaten.
  incl. Poplar Ck. embayment   Roane                                                            Avoid contact with water also.
  Chattanooga Creek            Hamilton              Mouth to GA line     PCBs, chlordane       Fish should not be eaten.
                                                                                                Avoid contact with water also.
  Woods Reservoir              Franklin              Entirety             PCBs                  Catfish should not be eaten.
  Fort Loudoun Reservoir       Loudon, Knox          Entirety (46 mi.)    PCBs                  Commercial fishing for catfish prohibited by
                               Blount                                                           TWRA. Catfish, largemouth bass over two
                                                                                                pounds, or any largemouth bass from the
                                                                                                Little River embayment should not be eaten.
  Tellico Lake                 Loudon, Monroe        Entirety             PCBs                  Catfish should not be eaten.
  Melton Hill Reservoir        Knox, Anderson        Entirety             PCBs                  Catfish should not be eaten.
  Watts Bar Reservoir          Roane, Meigs,         TN River portion     PCBs                  Catfish, striped bass and hybrid striped bass
                               Rhea & Loudon                                                    should not be eaten. Precautionary advisory*
                                                                                                for sauger, carp, smallmouth buffalo, white
                                                                                                bass and largemouth bass.
  Watts Bar Reservoir          Roane, Anderson       Clinch River arm     PCBs                  Striped bass should not be eaten.
                                                                                                Precautionary advisory for catfish and sauger.*
  Boone Reservoir              Sullivan, Washinton   Entirety             PCBs, chlordane       Precautionary advisory for carp and catfish.*
  Nickajack Reservoir          Hamilton, Marion      Entirety             PCBs                  Precautionary advisory for catfish.*
  *Precautionary Advisory - Children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers should not eat the fish species named. All other persons should
  limit consumption of the named species to one meal per month




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     IDENTIFYING YOUR FISH




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                                       ATTENTION ANGLERS
      HELP PROTECT TENNESSEE’S ENDANGERED STURGEON
   Tennessee’s big rivers are home to three species of         distinguish the three species from one another (see
sturgeon: shovelnose sturgeon, pallid sturgeon and lake        diagram below).
sturgeon. Two of these species, the pallid and lake stur-   2. Report your catch or sightings of pallid and lake
geon, are endangered and protected by law. Pallid and          sturgeon to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources
lake sturgeon are illegal to possess and must be returned      Agency. Report any sturgon that is tagged and the
to the water unharmed, immediately after being caught.         tag number.
                                                               All pallid sturgeon and lake sturgeon must be re-
How can you help protect pallid and lake sturgeon?          leased unharmed, immediately after being caught.
1. Know your sturgeon! All three species of sturgeon           For more information or to report sightings of pallid
   are similar in appearance, especially the pallid         sturgeon and lake sturgeon, contact the Tennessee Wild-
   sturgeon and the shovelnose sturgeon. Learn how to       life Resources Agency.




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                                           MANNERS MATTER
ACCESS TO PRIVATE LAND FOR FISHING                             PICK UP YOUR TRASH!
STREAMS AND PONDS                                                 No matter where you fish, pick up your trash, espe-
   Most of the access to Tennessee streams and rivers          cially fishing line!
and all farm ponds are under private ownership. Access            Beverage bottles, bait containers, tackle packaging, and
to private property is a privilege, not a right. Taking time   fishing line are common sights at many fishing holes.
to request permission to private property can lead to some     Besides trashing the area, littering has other conse-
great fishing opportunities.                                   quences. Littering by relatively few anglers is ruining fish-
                                                               ing opportunities for everyone. Many landowners refuse
RECOMMENDATIONS:                                               access to their land because they do not want to pick up
Ask permission in advance. Don’t wait until the last           after anglers. Littering also makes it more costly to man-
minute.                                                        age public areas. We must clean up our act or we will
• Visit the landowner in person, rather than a phone           loose even more access for fishing.
   call. This allows the landowner to see you and                 Fishing line may seem like a relatively harmless item
   makes it much easier to get permission.                     to discard. But there is no excuse for littering. Discarded
• Visit at a convenient time for the landowner. Right          fishing line could injure or kill wildlife, and can even
   after lunch or early evening may be a good opportu-         entangle people resulting in injuries. Take the time to put
   nity to catch the landowner. Don’t go at night.             your excess line in a small plastic bag, and take it home
• Ask permission for a specific day and number of              with you. Some tackle shops even accept old line for re-
   anglers. Keep that number as low as possible.               cycling.
• Go by yourself or with your child when asking.
• The way you dress is important, so dress appropri-           BE AN ETHICAL ANGLER
   ately.                                                      An ethical angler
If you get permission, follow these guidelines:                • learns how to fish responsibly to protect and con-
• Be sure you know where you can and can’t go, and               serve our natural resources.
   any specific rules the landowner may have. Some             • practices catch and release and selective harvest
   pond owners need you to remove certain fish, while            methods and knows that these methods increase
   releasing others.                                             survival rates of released fish and help maintain
• Be sure you know where their property lines are                fishing success for future generations.
   located.                                                    • is courteous and respects the rights of all resource
• Drive only on roads the landowner has designated.              users including other anglers, swimmers, boaters,
• Leave gates just as you found them.                            and land owners.
• Keep away from all houses, barns and livestock, and          • sincerely appreciates the environment and works
   respect crops.                                                hard to keep it clean.
• Thank the landowner before you go fishing.                   • harvests fish responsibly keeping only what he or
• Offer to return their favor with another. For ex-              she can eat.
   ample, offer to help fix a broken fence or gate.            • knows and abides by fishing regulations which
• Report any damages to fences or livestock you see –            enhance and protect the resource and more evenly
   even if it isn’t your doing.                                  distribute harvests among anglers.
• Leave the property cleaner than you found it.
• Offer to share your catch with the landowner,
   preferably cleaned.
• Lastly, don’t assume that permission granted one
   time means that you automatically have permission
   to return. Situations change so you should check in
                                                                                       DON’T BE A
   with the landowner regularly.                                                          LITTER
                                                                                            BUG!
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          GUIDELINES FOR HARVESTING AND RELEASING FISH
   Many anglers carefully release their catch rather than      • Do not attempt to deflate the fish’s swim bladder
taking it home. This effort has contributed greatly to the       with a needle (fizzing).
quality of fishing in Tennessee. Likewise, keeping fish        • Quickly release the fish; many will return to their
(harvest) at the right times contributes to fishing quality.     depth of capture on their own.
Here are some things to consider as you decide whether         • If the fish cannot submerge on its own, use a
to keep or release fish.                                         weighted releasing device to help it return to its
                                                                 depth of capture.
RELEASING FISH
   A poorly handled fish will most likely die after it swims                                          Striped Bass are
away, even if it appears healthy. If you choose to release                                         stocked in many of
a fish, help it by following these tips that apply to all                                          Tennessee’s large reser-
species:                                                                                         voirs to provide trophy
• Don’t play the fish to exhaustion.                                                         fishing      opportunities.
• Release the fish quickly.                                                           Striped bass are extremely sensitive
• If the fish swallows the hook or lure simply cut the         to warm temperatures. Water temperature is key to de-
   line.                                                       ciding how and when to release striped bass. Here are a
• Keep the fish in the water as much as possible.              few guidelines:
• Keep the fish’s slime coat intact by wetting your            • Harvest fish if water temperature exceeds 70 oF.
   hands or gear that will touch the fish.                        Striped bass have high oxygen requirements and
• Take pictures, but do not hold a fish out of water              survival is low for fish returned to warmer water.
   longer than you can hold your breath.                          Larger fish are more likely to die from oxygen
                                                                  deprivation than smaller fish.
   Bait fishing with circle hooks can greatly improve the      • Do not cull striped bass. If water temperatures are
survival of released fish. These hooks are designed to            above 70 oF, keep your legal number of fish for the
only hook fish in the mouth. Circle hooks reduce the num-         day. Do not keep fishing after you have caught your
ber of gut-hooked fish and have been shown to greatly             limit.
increase survival of smallmouth bass, striped bass, and        • Use circle hooks to avoid gut-hooking fish; sizes 9/0
trout. Rather than a quick hook set, when using circle            and 10/0 are recommended.
hooks slowly pull the line tight to set the hook.              • Reel striped bass in as fast as possible and do not
   Circle hook:                                                   play to exhaustion. Release as quickly as possible.
                                                               • Handle quickly with wet hands and hold fish by the
                                                                  lip with tail pointed directly toward the ground.

                                                                   Black Bass include
                                                               largemouth, small-
                                                               mouth, and spotted
                                                               bass. All three species
                                                               must be handled with care
   Use of artificial baits over live bait can also increase    if they are to survive when
survival. Artificial lures generally hook fish in the mouth.   released.
Live bait is more likely to be swallowed by fish, which is     • Always hold bass by the
much more lethal than mouth hooking. Anglers may also              lower lip with the tail
enjoy the challenge of learning to catch fish on the wide          pointing directly toward the
variety of artificial baits.                                       ground.
   Fish caught from deep water may be depressurized.           • Keep livewells cool and well-oxygenated. The best
Common symptoms include over-inflated swim bladders,               rule is not to hold fish in livewells outside of tourna-
red coloration in fins, and the inability to submerge when         ment competition. Release fish immediately or put
released. If you routinely fish deep water, you should             legal-sized fish on ice to take home. Cooler water
know how to handle these fish.                                     holds more oxygen. If you are holding fish, keep
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   water temperature in the livewell at 70 oF with block          Trout are stocked into many waters that only provide
   ice (frozen milk jugs of water) and run re-circulation      seasonal habitat, such as small lakes and warmwater
   pumps.                                                      streams. Harvest of these stocked fish is recommended
   The temperature of the water is the most important          because their long-term survival is low. However, when
factor affecting bass survival. Largemouth bass may not        fishing trout waters that have the potential to produce
survive long after release during the warmer months of         bigger fish such as wild trout streams and tailwaters, the
the year when water temperatures exceed 75 oF. Recent          fishery benefits from the release of larger fish. Trout are
studies indicate that smallmouth bass, a coolwater spe-        among the most sensitive sport fishes. Care must be taken
cies, are even more likely to die when released into           when handling and releasing trout.
warmer water. Catch-and-release anglers may want to            • Do not cull your catch; don’t take a fish off a
limit their fishing during the hottest months when water          stringer to make room for a bigger fish. Stop fishing
temperatures are high. The practice of culling fish for           when you have your limit.
size is discouraged, particularly when water temperatures      • Flyfishers that intend to release trout should use the
exceed 75 oF.                                                     heaviest tippet possible to avoid over-playing fish.
   Selective harvest for black basses may be related the       • When you release a tired trout, hold it upright in the
type of water that you are fishing. TWRA biologists               water and allow it to regain its strength.
strongly encourage the harvest of small bass in lakes          • Legal trout caught in reservoirs by downrigging in
managed with slot limits, such as many agency lakes;              the summer should not be released, as surface
this harvest will improve the quality of the fishery. How-        temperatures are too warm to allow survival.
ever, releasing largemouth and smallmouth bass on large
reservoirs and streams is encouraged because reproduc-
tive rates may be low and food is usually much more
abundant. The harvest of spotted bass is encouraged on
many reservoirs. This species is often overabundant and
rarely exceeds 12 inches in length.

   Muskellunge are unique to Tennessee because they
are found in few southern states. They can grow to very
large sizes if given the opportunity. Careful handling of
these toothy predators is vital to the safety of both angler
and fish.
• Keep the fish in the water and remove the hook
   while it is held horizontally in the water. The fish
   will remain calmer than if it is bought into the boat
   or on land.
• If hook removal might injure the fish, cut the hook
   with wire cutters.
• If you want to take a picture, do it quickly, and do
   not hold the fish vertically by the gill covers. Always
                                                                  FISH FOR POND STOCKING
   support its weight horizontally to avoid possible                TWRA provides fingerling largemouth bass and
   injury to its spine.                                          bluegill for stocking new or renovated ponds that
• When releasing the fish, hold it upright in the water          meet minimum qualifications. To defray the cost
   and allow it to regain its strength.                          of the program, a fee is charged, based on pond
                                                                 acreage. If you prefer, we can help you locate a
                                                                       commercial source for fish. Regardless of
                                                                          where you get your fish, the decision on
                                                                          who can or can’t fish on your property is
                                                                 always up to the pond owner.
                                                                    More information and applications are available
                                                                 from your local TWRA office and on the Agency’s
                                                                 website.

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                           PREVENT EXOTIC INTRODUCTIONS

   A number of exotic species are waiting to destroy Ten-        Zebra Mussel: Help slow the spread of zebra mus-
nessee fisheries. When non-native plants, fish, crayfish,     sels by following the boat cleaning guidelines. These mus-
snails, mussels, or parasites enter a new river or reser-     sels have the potential to overwhelm the aquatic commu-
voir, they can destroy the existing aquatic community.        nity and create costly problems for water supply and
Many of these invaders have already entered our bor-          power projects.
ders, so don’t help them get around. Follow these guide-
lines to prevent the spread of exotics:                          New Zealand Mud Snail: This snail has become so
                                                              abundant in some western trout waters that they have dis-
   All Anglers – Never release live bait of any kind into     placed the native food supply for trout. Don’t let them
the water. Never move fish or aquatic plants from one         ruin your trout streams, keep your waders clean!
body of water to another. “Bait bucket” introductions have
caused the spread of many nuisance species in Tennes-            Blueback Herring: Releasing baitfish such as
see, such as blueback herring and alewives. Even the          blueback herring can upset the balance of reservoir fish
stocking of a single bass could accidentally introduce a      communities.
new disease into that system.

   Boaters –When moving your boat from one river sys-
tem to another, especially if you took your boat to an-
other state, use the following precautions:

1. Drain all bilge water before leaving the parking lot,
2. Inspect your hull, removing any clinging debris,
   particularly plant material,                                                 Blueback Herring


3. Clean your boat, trailers, anchors, and ropes and
   other accessories that contact the water with:
   a. Hot water (140 oF or hotter), Or
   b. A 10% solution of household chlorine bleach or
      saltwater solution (1/2 cup salt to 1 gallon of
      water) – do this away from the water so the runoff               BANNED IN TENNESSEE
      does not pollute the river. Always follow a
      solution wash with a fresh water rinse. Check           It is unlawful to possess or transport live specimens of the
      your engine manufacturer’s guide before using           following animals.
      the chlorine or salt solution in your cooling
      system. Or                                                       Bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis)
   c. A pressurized steam cleaning unit.                            Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)
4. Rinse the bilge, live well pumping system and bait                 Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis)
   buckets with a chlorine or salt solution.                  New Zealand mud snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)
5. Dry your boat and trailer at least a week in hot dry             Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus)
   weather, before entering another waterway. In cooler               Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)
   weather allow more drying time.                                      Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua)
                                                                   Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
   Stream anglers – Between trips from one river sys-          Snakeheads (all members of the Family Channidae)
tem to another, always wash your waders and other gear        Swamp eels (all members of the Family Synbranchidae)
with hot water and let it dry for several hours. Especially         Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)
follow these precautions if you recently fished out-of-
state. There are a number of exotics that could devastate     For more information about the dangers of exotic spe-
Tennessee fisheries if they where introduced.                 cies see http://www.protectyourwaters.net/


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                                BOATING SAFETY CHECKLIST

BOATER CERTIFICATION
   Tennessee residents born after January 1, 1989 must
show the wallet sized TWRA-issued boating safety edu-
cation card when operating a boat or personal watercraft.
This certificate must be on board the boat with you.
   Non-Tennessee residents, born after January 1, 1989,
must show a certificate from any course approved by the
National Association of State Boating Law Administra-
tors (NASBLA).
   This law does not apply to persons renting vessels.
   For details on how to get your certification go to
www.tnwildlife.org or call the Boating Education Office
at 615-837-6013.

REQUIRED BY LAW:
✓ Approved wearable flotation device for each person
  readily accessible
✓ Additional throwable flotation device on boats over
  16 feet
✓ Persons 12 and under must wear a personal flotation
  device while underway
✓ Fire extinguisher if fuel tank or engine is enclosed
✓ Running lights after sunset or during restricted
  visibility
✓ State registration card on board                           80% OF DROWNING
✓ Registration number and validation sticker displayed
✓ Do not operate a boat under the influence of drugs or
                                                             VICTIMS IN BOATING
  alcohol                                                   ACCIDENTS WERE NOT
✓ Observe navigation rules
✓ Do not overload boat
                                                            WEARING A PERSONAL
✓ Sound signaling device                                     FLOTATION DEVICE.
OTHER ITEMS:
✓ Do not occupy ramp until boat is ready to launch
✓ Notify others of your schedule
✓ Obtain weather forecasts
✓ Navigation charts
✓ Bail bucket
✓ Anchor and line
✓ Paddle
✓ Secure boat to trailer after loading
✓ Trailer lights
✓ Reduce speed at night
✓ Check for gasoline fumes
✓ Motor kill switch
✓ 170 degree wide-angle rear view mirror



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