Nickajack Reservoir, Tennessee Fishing

Location and Information: Nickajack Reservoir is located in Hamilton and Marion Counties, Tennessee. This body of water covers approximately 7,000 acres of surface area which has a maximum depth around 140 feet. You will find boating, kayaking and fishing here.

There are numerous different species of fish to find on this body of water. So, what type of fish are in this lake? You can find Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie and Largemouth Bass on these waters.

Top Species and Creel Limits for Nickajack Reservoir in Tennessee

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass: 5 per day in combination, only one may be smallmouth bass.
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 18 inch minimum length limit.
  • Spotted/Alabama Bass: From Chickamauga Dam downstream to mouth of South Chickamauga Creek, 15 per day, no length limit. Rest of reservoir: 5 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Catfish (all species): No creel limit for fish 34 inches and less in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day.
  • Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass: 2 per day in combination, 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • White Bass: 15 per day, no length limit.
  • Yellow Bass: no creel or length limit.
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16 inch minimum length limit.
  • Sauger: 10 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Paddlefish: 2 per day; season is open from April 24 through May 31. Culling is prohibited.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit.

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