Tennessee has thousands of acres and miles of nature freshwater sources which are full of both Black Crappie and White Crappie. And if you enjoy fishing for crappie, you will never be at a loss for a great fishing spot.
The State Record for Black Crappie is 4 pounds, 4 ounces. Black Crappie prefer water temperatures of 68 to 72 Degrees, and deeper, slow moving waters.
The State Record for White Crappie is 5 pounds, 1 ounces. White Crappie also prefer water temperatures of 68 to 72 Degrees. White Crappie prefer darker, murky waters, with ample amounts of cover available.
Tennessee Fishing Rules and Regulations
Anyone over the age of 13 must possess a fishing license when fishing on any public water system in Tennessee. The only exemptions to this is people born before 1926, active military personal (provided that they carry a copy of their leave papers), and when fishing on free fishing day. You are considered a resident of Tennessee as long as you have resided in Tennessee for a period longer then 90 days. All others will be considered none-residents.
Free fishing day is held every year on June 10th. You have the ability to fish without purchasing a license all day, as long as you still follow Tennessee’s rules and regulations.
Tennessee is unlike other states, as it places certain restrictions on fishing with anything other then normal rod and reel combinations. Explosives, chemicals and electrical shocking devices are strictly forbidden, and their use carries heavy penalties. Shootings and Bow fishing is also prohibited in Tennessee.
Tennessee Hot Spots
REELFOOT LAKE- Reelfoot resembles a large farm pond, with cover such as cypress trees, stumps, lily pads, and other submerged objects. This lake is literally loaded with fallen timber and logs. The amount of cover provided allows the Crappie to reach substantial sizes.
Due to how shallow the lake is, and the amount of submerged items, you may want to consider fishing in something other then a fiberglass boat. It is recommended that you use an aluminum boat, and only travel at slow speeds.
If you are considering a trip to Reelfoot Lake, you can find out more information by contacting Blue Bank Lodge out their website. In addition to a Tennessee fishing license, anglers need a Reelfoot Preservation Permit, which ranges from $3.50 for one day to $17 for the year.