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Fishing

Fishing is a popular outdoor sport across the nation and it’s a great way for families to spend quality time together. Treat yourself, your friends or your family to a quality outdoor experience, week-end get-away or vacation. Cast off and catch memories today.

Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters, agency owned and operated lakes, and Tennessee State Parks.

Free Fishing Week always follows Free Fishing Day in June. Children, ages 15 and younger can fish for free all week in the waters listed above.

First Fish Certificate commemorates that special moment in every child’s life when they land that first fish. Download your free 8.5 x 11 certificate, suitable for framing, and learn more about fishing programs in Tennessee at www.tnwildlife.org.

River Information

For information on reservoir elevations and streamflows, call the Tennessee Valley Authority Reservoir Information Line 800-238-2264 or visit www.lakeinfo.tva.gov.
The TVA Lake Info app is an easy-to-use resource for operating on and around reservoirs and dams in the TVA region. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Don’t have an IOS or Android device?

This information is also available on TVA’s mobile site.

Tennessee Fishing & Boating Information

To view the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency interactive on-line fishing guide or to obtain Tennessee fishing licenses for immediate use apply online. For information about additional nearby TWRA boat ramps, visit www.tn.gov/twra/gis/boating.html.

Tennessee Fishing License

All persons ages 13 and older must have a fishing license to fish in Tennessee. There are a variety of fishing licenses available for residents and non-residents, including a junior license for residents ages 13-15.

Non-residents have the option of buying a 1-day, 3-day, 10-day or annual license. Those licenses are available with and without trout fishing privileges. Fishing licenses can be purchased at some local sporting goods stores, online at www.tnwildlife.org or by calling 888-814-8972.

Do Your Part for the Environment

  • Always drain bait buckets on land.
  • Don’t dump bait in the water.
  • Clean hitchhiking animals and invasive plants from boats and motors.

Wear a life jacket

Life Jackets Save Lives. Children ages 12 and younger must wear a lifejacket except when the watercraft is anchored, moored or aground.

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