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Fishing Regulations

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Fishing Regulations

Dale Hollow Lake Reservoir Regulations

All Species
3-pole limit per angler from boat and 6-pole limit per angler from bank may be used.
Largemouth/Spotted/Smallmouth Bass
5 per day in combination, only 2 may be smallmouth bass
Largemouth Bass
15-inch minimum length limit
Spotted Bass
No length limit.
Smallmouth Bass
2 per day, 16-21 inch PLR. One fish may be under 16 inches and one may be over 21 inches. Includes Wolf River upstream to South Ford Road bridge.
Crappie (all species)
15 per day in combination, 10-inch minimum length limit.
Catfish (all species)
No harvest limit for fish under 24 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day.
White Bass
15 per day, no length limit
Yellow Bass
20 per day, no length limit
5 per day, 16-inch minimum length limit
Rock Bass
20 per day, no length limit
Redear Sunfish
20 per day, no length limit
1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit
Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes
No creel or length limit
7 per day, no length limit

Special Restrictions

January 1-April 30: On the east fork of the Obey from Compton boat ramp upstream to Hwy. 52 bridge, anglers are restricted to the use of one hook having a single point, or one lure with a single hook with one point. No more than 3 rods and reels or poles per angler may be used.

Attention Anglers and Outdoorsmen

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is conducting an alligator snapping turtle restoration project, which involves the release of live alligator snapping turtles. Both adult and juvenile turtles have been released to restore this rare, native species. Alligator snapping turtles are listed in Tennessee as in need of management and are illegal to take.

Alligator Snapping Turtles have three large, prominent ridges along the back; a large head; and a prominently hooked beak. They often reach weights in excess of 30 pounds. Alligator snapping turtles have an extra row of scutes (scales) between the outer scale row and the large center scales.

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