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Tennessee Lakes: Percy Priest Lake
Fishing J. Percy Priest Lake
Information provided by the Army Corps

Fishing opportunities abound at J. Percy Priest Lake, with a wide variety of species available from the Stones River tailwaters to the East and West Forks of the Stones River.  J. Percy Priest Lake provides over 14,000 acres of water for a wide variety of fishing opportunities around the project.  The most popular species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, striped bass, Cherokee bass, and white bass.  Other species such as catfish, bluegill, bream, and trout provide excellent opportunities for young anglers.

The J. Percy Priest Fishing Information Line provides weekday updates of fishing information, lake elevations, and fishing conditions at (615) 883-2351. 

A valid Tennessee state fishing license is required to fish on J. Percy Priest Lake, and anglers are encouraged to obtain a current copy of Tennessee Fishing regulations for information pertaining to license requirements. The most common fish which anglers are after include:

Species

Creel Limit

Size Limit

Baits & Lures

Best Fishing

Largemouth Bass

5*

15"

crankbaits, plastic worms

Spring - Summer

Smallmouth Bass

5*

15"

minnows, jigs, crankbaits

Spring, Fall

Kentucky Bass

5*

--

minnows, crankbaits, plastics

Spring, Fall

Striped Bass (Rockfish)

2

15"

shiners,  topwater lures

Spring - Fall

Cherokee Bass (Hybrid)

2

15"

shiners, jigs, topwater lures

Summer - Fall

White Bass

30

--

minnows, spinners, topwater lures

Summer

Crappie

30

10"

minnows, jigs, crankbaits

Spring, Fall

Catfish

--

--

chicken livers, night crawlers

Summer - Fall

Bream, Bluegill

--

--

crickets, worms, spinners, flies

Summer

Trout (Stones River only)

7

--

corn, spinners, salmon eggs, flies

Winter

*Bass daily limit in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, and/or Kentucky

Practice good angler ethics at J. Percy Priest, and learn how to protect and conserve our natural resources.  J. Percy Priest experiences extremely heavy fishing pressure, so it is very important to practice catch-and-release and selective harvesting concepts.  It is important for every angler to know project-specific creel and size limits for each species of fish.

Jug fishing, limb lines and trotlines are legal.  Gill nets are not permitted. No commercial fishing is allowed on J. Percy Priest Lake.  Jugs, limb lines and trot lines must be tagged and marked with the ownerís name and address within 5í feet of the bank or on the floats.  They must be checked at least once per day.

Enhanced bank fishing areas are developed at Stewart Creek, Vivrette Creek, J. Percy Priest Overlook, and Cook Recreation Areas to provide excellent bank fishing opportunities for anglers who do not have a boat.  Accessible fishing opportunities are also provided at these locations for our physically challenged visitors who wish to enjoy this sport.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides 20 developed fish attractor locations on J. Percy Priest Lake, and fish attractor materials are regularly replenished to provide concentrated fishing opportunities for anglers.  A map is available at the J. Percy Priest Resource Managerís Office showing the location of established fish attractors.  Click here to view the map of TWRA Fish Attractor Locations on J. Percy Priest Lake (PDF format).  A  permit is required for individuals to place fish attractors in J. Percy Priest Lake, and information is available regarding placement, approved materials, and locations for attractors.

The Resource Managerís Office at J. Percy Priest maintains a list of lake record fish caught at the project, and anglers who may have a lake record fish should contact the J. Percy Priest Resource Managerís Office at (615) 889-19755.

 

 

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