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Fishing in Nashville

Fishing in Nashville, TN, is easily accessible for people wanting to take a break from the grind of the city or have a little fun outdoors before enjoying some great live music that evening.

Many Nashville fishing charters are nearby to provide full-day and half-day fishing trips on the body of water of your choice.
  • Known For

    Nashville is known for its welcoming people, legendary music scene, sports, and much much more. It's easy to first think of Texas, Florida, Alabama, or Michigan when thinking about fishing destinations, but don't move so fast. It's hard to find a better combination of things to do, places to stay, and fishing spots than what Nashville, Tennessee, offers its residents and visitors.

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    • The state of Tennesse makes access easy for its young anglers. Children under the age of 13 years old don't need a fishing license to fish public waters. A Junior License can be purchased for $34.
    • Residents can buy a fishing license for $34 or a one-day fishing permit for $11.50
    • Non-residents can acquire a 3-day license for $20.50

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency maintains the most up to date information online and should also be used as the source of truth for protecting our waterways.

  • Types of Fishing

    Here you can choose the type of fishing that meets your needs. Some of the best fly fishing in Tennessee is just a quick drive from Nashville, or you can switch to heavy tackle and reel in a monster Striped Bass. Your fishing charter captain will know the best species to target that day and what method best for that location.

    If bank fishing is your only option, Migrate supports public pond and pier fishing to introduce the youth to this great past time. Several public fishing holes can be found in and near Nashville for a great family-friendly fishing option.

    • Sevier Lake in Shelby Park
    • Percy Priest Lake Dam
    • Elm Hill Recreation Area
    • Marrowbone Lake
    • Metro Parks
  • Best Seasons to Fish

    The best water temperature makes Fall to late March the best time of year for Striped Bass fishing. However, the weather can change, so be flexible and enjoy what the day brings you.

    Cumberland River

    • Guided fly fishing in Nashville is a perfect way to find your rhythm with nature. Don't worry, guides often provide a fly rod, so just make sure you're wearing appropriate clothing. Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout get better and better the further you're willing to travel up the river towards Kentucky.
    • If you don't want to travel far, Striper fishing is excellent close to the city. This species of fish can easily weigh over 40 pounds and are some of the hardest fighters out there; therefore, a massive rod and tackle are strongly recommended.

    Tims Ford Lake

    • The fishing spot is a little under 2 hours away, but it's one of the most scenic places in the state. So if you're looking for a weekend getaway from Nashville, then head to Tims Ford Lake for amazing views and some of the best Largemouth Bass fishing in the Southeast.

    Piercy Priest Lake

    • Just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville it has produced Largemouth Bass over 10 pounds, Smallmouth Bass over 7 pounds, and Blue Catfish over 75 pounds!

Do I need a trout stamp in Tennessee?

Yes, you do need a Trout stamp to fish in Tennessee. Residents can purchase a trout stamp for $22, and non-residents can buy a 3-day fishing license with a trout stamp included for $40.50

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