Tennessee is one of the most populated states in the country, with a strong local economy counting for agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing. There are plenty of major attractions that turn the state into a popular touristic destination, including the famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Elvis Presley’s residence, and tomb, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and others.
Tennessee is also renowned for its wide array of natural wonders and beautiful landscapes. You can take a walk on the parks, explore the natural reservations, or have a weekend getaway in a beautiful lake house, with a splendid view.
If you are an avid fisherman, you must know about the major fishing spots in Nashville, Memphis, or Knoxville. So make sure to plan your next fishing trip on one of the state’s most amazing lakes, and you will definitely not regret it.
Permits and licenses
If you have a fishing license, things are quite easy for you to start fishing on all designated spots. An annual hunting and fishing combination license, for people ages between 16 and 64 you will only have to pay around 35 dollars, one of the most convenient prices in all states.
Sure, we are talking about fishing and hunting on a small scale, mainly for your own passion and to cook a light dinner.
Since avid fishermen must train from the earliest ages, you have to know that children age 12 and under won’t require a license to fish, but teenagers between 13 and 15 years old will require a junior hunt permit for around 10 dollars.
If you’re only here for the weekend, we suggest obtaining a one-day fishing license for 11 dollars, which includes trout. If you don’t like trout, the same license will cost you no more than 6 dollars.
Seniors age 65 and above can purchase an annual license for 50 dollars, which includes hunting, fishing, trapping, and sport fishing.
If you want to make a decent living out of fishing, or you plan on spending most of your free time on a lake, looking for your next prey, we suggest purchasing an all-inclusive lifetime license, available for hunting, fishing, trapping, and sport fishing for prices varying between 988 dollars and 1976 dollars, depending on your age.
Where to fish
Depending on which type of fish you would like to look for, there are plenty of lake options throughout the state of Tennessee. However, one of the most diverse and unique ecosystems in the world can be found at the Reelfoot Lake, which counts for thousands of species of deer, doves, turkeys, as well as over 50 fishes, such as crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and bream.
When to fish
The year-round fishing season is open for all residents and non-residents with purchased licenses for fishing, but you still must consult with each lake’s own regulations to look for the perfect fishing season.
If you love fishing but don’t plan on spending a fortune on this hobby, we suggest planning a trip during the free fishing time of the year. Each year, the Tennessee Government releases a fish guide which can be consulted online, where you will find all the necessary information regarding the free fishing day and week of the year.
For 2017, June 10th was the free fishing day of the year. If you are 15 years old or younger, you can benefit from a whole free fishing week between June 10 and June 16. The free fishing day is available on all national waters, but you may still have to pay a license for private lakes, ponds, and properties.