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Best Fishing Spots in East Tennessee
July 21, 2020

As much as we love the excitement and adrenaline of Powersports, we also enjoy quiet days on the water doing what we love most – fishing. East Tennessee has some excellent fishing spots. There is a reason Tennessee is consistently at or near the top among all states in fishing license sales. Tennessee is lined with countless streams and rivers that run into more than 1,000 lakes. Where there is water, there is fish, and that is why we have compiled a list of the best fishing spots in East Tennessee.

Fort Loudoun

Fort Loudoun is located near Knoxville and extends 55 miles upstream from the dam to the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers. The lake is well known for its excellent bass and catfishing. The most common fish to catch here are largemouth, smallmouth, and white bass. Bluegill, crappie, and sauger are also present in good numbers. 

Watauga Reservoir

Watauga has fantastic smallmouth and very good largemouth bass fishing. The lower section of the reservoir is where some of the best smallmouth action happens. Located in Elizabethton, near the North Carolina border, gizzard shad, alewife, bluegill, and assorted minnows make up the forage base. 

South Holston Lake

This lake is home to an abundance of fish species, including black bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, and catfish. This lake is home to an annual spring migration of white bass, as well. The deep, clear waters of this lake provide gorgeous views during your fishing days. 

Woods Reservoir

This reservoir is a unique destination with quiet waters surrounded by Arnold Air Force Base. This lake is rated as one of the top three crappie lakes in the state. Along with crappie, the 4,000 acres of water houses largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, walleye, and catfish. 

Chickamauga Reservoir

Chickamauga is situated along the Tennessee River. Its waters are home to largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and striped bass. The state record for the largemouth bass was pulled in spring 2015. It weighed in at 15 pounds, 3 ounces. This is the lake to go to if you want a big catch. 

For your next fishing trip, make sure to check out some of these spots in East Tennessee. When it comes to your oil, we’ve got you covered. When you are overwhelmed with options of what brand marine oil to choose, go with MAGNA1. Less waste, more ease – that’s the MAGNA1 way. 

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