Appalachia’s Best Fishing
If fishing is something you love, then visiting our area is a must for you. Our lakes boast some of the best crappie, bass, and general fishing in not only East Tennessee but also the nation. The fish densities in Cherokee are greater than most other TVA reserviors, and Douglas is continuously recognized as a top lake for crappie and bass fishing. All the prime fishing in the area has made both lakes popular destinations for fishing tournaments.
Cherokee Lake in Jefferson City, TN, has over 390 miles of shoreline with a surface area of 30,300 acres. While fishing this lake is great no matter the time of year, it’s especially phenomenal during the winter pre-spawn period. Cherokee has been recognized as one of the top 25 Southeast’s best lakes by Bassmaster.
Douglas Lake, with access points in Dandridge, Baneberry, and White Pine, has 550 miles of shoreline and 30,400 acres of surface area. It has been rated as the premier crappie lake in East Tennessee and one of the top 5 in the nation. It’s also top 10 in the nation for largemouth bass.
Guided Fishing Trips
Enjoy year-round guided fishing trips with professional and licensed guides with over 25 years of experience on Cherokee and Douglas lakes. Rods, reels, bait & tackle furnished, or bring your own equipment. You will receive the personalized instruction and attention needed to make your trip a success. Bring your valid fishing license and do not forget your camera, so you can capture the memories of your big catch and the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee.
On the south end of the county, Douglas Lake weaves through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and offers 513 miles of shoreline in all. Fed by the French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers, Douglas Lake offers abundant opportunities for fishing and boating. Douglas Lake has been named a top 100 Best Bass Lake by Bassmaster and hosts many national and regional tournaments year round.
Named for the Native American tribe who once inhabited the area, Cherokee Lake is surrounded by farmlands, rolling hills and to the northwest, the Clinch Mountain Range. Cherokee Lake beckons water enthusiasts to its 30,000 acre playground.
Lake Public Access Points
Playing on our lakes is one of both the locals’ and our visitors’ favorite past times. Fortunately, we have many conveniently located free public boat ramps on both Cherokee and Douglas Lakes.
Tennessee Fishing Information
Tennessee requires a license to fish in its waters. Learn more about resident and non-resident requirements using the button below.
Published on 09-26-2023 By Pete Robbins Ott DeFoe, the 2019 Bassmaster Classic champion, has spent thousands of hours on Douglas Lake, and has seen it change over the past few years. While the fish population remains healthy, there aren’t as many 6- and 7-pounders...
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