Bass Fishing

Fall Fishing in Tennessee

Fall Fishing in Tennessee

Don’t stash away your fishing gear and angling equipment simply due to the diminishing temperatures! Embrace the onset of autumn in Tennessee by embarking on an exhilarating fishing expedition, seizing the opportunity to relish in the stunning fall climate before winter takes hold. With its myriad of rivers, lakes, and streams teeming with an assortment of indigenous fish, Tennessee provides an idyllic backdrop for your outdoor escapades. Discover below a selection of our most cherished fishing hotspots to frequent during the autumn season:

Ocoee River rafting: Explore the thrill of navigating the vibrant currents of the Ocoee River while casting your lines amidst its captivating surroundings.

Dale Hollow Reservoir

Located on the Kentucky and Tennessee border, Dale Hollow Reservoir boasts clear water and is home to the world record holding largest smallmouth bass! Walleye and largemouth bass are also found here and the Obey River that runs below the lake and dam is full of rainbow and brown trout. The lake itself is a popular recreational destination for thousands of people each year due to its beautiful water and stunning surroundings.

Gibson County Lake

Five hundred and sixty acres make up the beautiful Gibson County Lake where records of eleven pound bass have been reported. Anglers can also catch crappie, redear sunfish, blue and channel catfish, and bluegill here and frequently enjoy the smaller crowds in the fall. A fishing pier, dock, rental boats and a place to purchase a fishing license and bait are all available along the shoreline.

Cordell Hull Lake

Located on the upper Cumberland River, the most common catches in the tributaries of Cordell Hull Lake include bluegill, catfish and bass. The waters below the dam frequently turn out rough and saugers as well, especially during the colder months.

Hiwassee River

A near constant water temperature makes the Hiwassee River an excellent year-round fishing spot. Fly fishing is especially popular along these banks and most fishermen can expect to hook lots of trout and some stripers too!

Calderwood Reservoir

Trout fishing heats up as the temperatures drop at Calderwood Reservoir and for fishermen who don’t mind colder weather, this little lake is the perfect spot because very few visitors are here once the summer months are over. If trout aren’t your cup of tea, large and smallmouth bass, black crappie, and rock bass are also abundant throughout the reservoir.

Catch more than just some tranquil time on the water with your fishing rod in hand this fall by scheduling in some time to go fishing at one of our favorite fall fishing spots! You won’t have to worry about crowds or hot temperatures as you enjoy some fall fishing in Tennessee.


After an exhilarating white water rafting adventure on the Ocoee River with Outland Expeditions, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in some fantastic fishing in the area. The breathtaking surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for casting your line and reeling in the biggest catch of the season. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, the tranquil waters of Tennessee offer an unforgettable fishing experience. Book your rafting trip on the Ocoee River today and make sure to check the river schedule for the upcoming fall season!

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