Fishing in Meigs County

Fishing is the way of life in Meigs County. With so many rivers and lakes, there is a place to fish year round whether you want bass, crappie, catfish or many other types of fish.


Tennessee fishing offers many opportunities to catch the fish of your dreams. From giant stripers, to huge bass, boatloads of big crappie and huge walleyes…to monster catfish. Tennessee sports a million surface acres of water for all your fishing interests. Big lakes, small ponds, streams, creeks and rivers are scattered throughout the state.

Fish in Meigs CountyHere, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and spotted gar in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Fish in Meigs CountyWatts Bar’s sport fishing ratings for crappie, black crappie, largemouth bass, and spotted bass are at or near the top in the TVA system.

Statewide Fishing Regulations

  • Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass: 5 per day in combination.
  • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum length limit.
  • Smallmouth Bass: 18-inch minimum length limit.
  • Spotted Bass: no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day in combination, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 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: no creel or length limit.
  • Walleye: 5 per day, 16-inch minimum length limit.
  • Muskellunge: 1 per day, 50-inch minimum length limit.
  • Paddlefish: reservoir and its tributaries are closed to taking or possessing paddlefish.
  • Rock Bass: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Redear Sunfish: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes: no creel or length limit.

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License Information

The hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, online, and from all TWRA offices.

Nonresident Fishing Licenses

Anyone who does not qualify for a resident license must purchase the appropriate nonresident license(s) to fish in Tennessee.


A Social Security Number is required to purchase a Tennessee fishing license

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