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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and muskie at Douglas Lake in Tennessee.

Douglas Lake, TN

Tennessee's top crappie lake, Douglas Lake has everything it needs to be a great fishery. Fertile water, cover, structure, vegetation and forage fish all exist here in mass. This a 30,000-acre impoundment in the northeast part of the state, at Dandridge, TN. With 550 miles of shoreline, there's plenty of room for anglers, boaters, water skiers, swimmers and sailing vessels. Bring anything from a kayak or canoe, to a bass boat or pontoon boat and wet a line. Bass, walleye, crappie, catfish, sunfish, striped bass, muskie and other species roam these waters in impressive numbers. The lake is also known for lunkers. Most any time of year something is biting. In spring and fall concentrate on shallow water for bass and crappie. In summer and fall migrate with the fish to deeper holding areas around points, creek channels, ledges and submerged islands for schooling fish. Walleye, stripers and muskie spend significant time in deeper water but move shallow to feed any time the food source moves shallow.

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Douglas Lake, located in eastern Tennessee, is a premier fishing destination renowned for its abundant fish populations, scenic beauty, and recreational opportunities. This 30,000-acre reservoir, formed by the French Broad River, offers anglers a diverse range of fish species, as well as ample space for boating and camping adventures.

Douglas Lake is known for its excellent fishing, particularly for bass. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the primary targets for many anglers, and the lake's structure, including submerged trees, brush piles, and rocky areas, provides ideal habitats for these species. Anglers can employ various techniques such as flipping, pitching, and topwater fishing to entice the bass. The lake's healthy bass population ensures plenty of action for anglers seeking these prized game fish.

In addition to bass, Douglas Lake supports populations of other popular fish species. Crappie fishing is excellent, with both black and white crappie providing exciting angling opportunities throughout the year. The lake's numerous brush piles, docks, and submerged structures are prime spots to target crappie. Catfish enthusiasts can find success targeting channel catfish and blue catfish, which can be caught using a variety of baits and techniques. Other species found in the lake include sauger, walleye, sunfish, and striped bass, offering anglers a diverse range of fishing options.

Douglas Lake's combination of excellent fishing, boating opportunities, and camping facilities make it a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Tennessee. Whether you're casting a line for bass, crappie, or catfish, cruising the calm waters on a boat, or camping by the lakeside, Douglas Lake offers a serene and enjoyable environment for all who visit.

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Primary fish species residing in Douglas Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Muskie

Douglas Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favorite activity on Douglas Lake, thanks to its expansive water surface and multiple access points. Anglers and boating enthusiasts can launch their boats from the lake's public ramps and explore the picturesque shoreline and coves. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, water skiing, or engage in other water sports activities while taking in the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains and forests.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Douglas Lake Marina
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks and pontoons
877 379-1313

Mountain Cove Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
865 453-3506

Smoky Mountain Lake Adventures
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
800 635-6803

Swann's Marina
Rentals: Jon Boat fishing boats and pontoons
865 397-2182


Douglas Lake Marina
1199 TN-139
Dandridge, TN 37725
877 379-1313

Indian Creek Dock Marina
2321 Norman Way
Dandridge, TN 37725
865 397-7286

Lighthouse Pointe Marina
1209 TN-139
Dandridge, TN 37725
865 397-7997

Mountain Cove Marina
1590 Dyke Rd
Sevierville, TN 37876
865 453-3506

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Douglas Headwater Campground Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, just south of the dam, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Douglas Lake TVA Boat Access
This is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking. It is located mid lake, north side off Flat Woods Road.

Indian Creek Dock
This includes two, one-lane ramps with a dock and limited, gravel parking. It is located in the south-central portion of the lake, south side, off Norman Way.

Tva Boat Ramp, Newport TN
Located in the far northeast corner of the lake, south side, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

TVA Free Launch For Fishermen & Recreational Watercraft
This is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking. It is located in the northeast sector of the lake, off Oak Grove Road.

TVA Public Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, at the north end of the Highway 92 bridge, it is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking.

TWRA Flat Creek Access
This is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking. It is located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Providence Roar

Shady Grove Boat Launch
Located in the northwest section of the lake, north side, off Flora Road, this is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking.

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Camping facilities near Douglas Lake provide opportunities for visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. Campgrounds offer amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Douglas Lake allows anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their stay, making the most of their fishing adventures and enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Douglas Dam Campground - 865 361-1379

Douglas Lake Campground - 865 397-2998

Fancher's Campground & Cabin Rentals - 865 397-3510

Anchor Down RV Resort - 877 784-4446

Douglas Lake, TN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Douglas Lake
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Dr
Knoxville TN 37902
865 632-2101


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