Fishing at Dale Hollow

 

As fishing enthusiasts know, there is no better place than Dale Hollow to cast your lines. The clear waters of Dale Hollow and the careful infusion of fish from the nearby National Fish Hatchery make it a destination for fishing tournaments and weekend fishing expeditions. Water temperatures and weather make the lake a year-round fishing favorite.

We rent bass boats and walleye boats through our ship store located at Dale Hollow Marina.

License Requirements

The State of Tennessee requires anyone 13 and older to have a license to fish in Tennessee. There are various options for licenses depending on whether you would like a year-round license or want to fish for a vacation lasting 10 consecutive days. The year-round license will be effective from your date of purchase for 365 consecutive days.

Purchasing a license is an easy online process. Click here to get your license.

Remember to keep your license with you at the lake and be mindful of the limits on numbers of catches.

There are strict limits for the numbers of fish anyone is allowed.

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″ 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
Walleye
5 per day, 16-inch minimum length limit
Rock Bass
20 per day, no length limit
Redear Sunfish
20 per day, no length limit
Muskellunge
1 per day, 50 inch minimum length limit
Bluegill/Warmouth and other sunfishes
No creel or length limit
Trout
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 the 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 three rods and reels or poles per angler may be used.
World Record Smallmouth Bass Video

World Record Smallmouth Bass Video

Chad Miles, host of Kentucky Afield TV, sits down with David Lee Hayes of Litchfield, Kentucky, and talks about the world record Smallmouth Bass that Mr. Hayes caught on Dale Hollow Lake on July 9, 1955, as he was...

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Cedar Hill Ship Store

Cedar Hill Ship Store

What you'll find... Beer and Can Drinks Novelty Ice Cream Candy Gas Ice Worms Batteries Apparel and Accessories Tackle 2 and 4 Stroke Oil Life Jackets Safety Boating Requirements Sunscreen Bug Spray Water Toys Basic Need...

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Dale Hollow Ship Store

Dale Hollow Ship Store

What you'll find... Beer and Can Drinks Novelty Ice Cream Candy Gas Ice Worms Batteries Apparel and Accessories Tackle 2 and 4 Stroke Oil Life Jackets Safety Boating Requirements Sunscreen Bug Spray Water Toys Basic Need...

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Meet some of our happy fishermen!

Rent a bass boat or walleye boat.

Reserving your fishing boat is a two-part process.

1. Fill out the form below. After you submit the completed form with your requested dates, a staff member from Dale Hollow Marinas will contact you by phone to discuss your fishing boat reservation. Please double check to endure that your contact information is correct. Simply completing and submitting this Reservation & Information form does not constitute a completed reservation. 

2. Secure your rental. At the time of the phone call, we will take your deposit. We have found this process removes any confusion during online booking and gives you a chance to talk with a real person about your rental. Your reservation will be confirmed at that time.

3. Phone contact. If you have not heard from us within 24 hours of completing the form below, please call our reservations desk at 931-234-2211.

We look forward to your visit.

Reservation or Information Request Form

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TWRA Boating Safety Requirements

Any person operating a vessel who was born after Jan. 1, 1989, must have successfully completed the TWRA Boating Safety Education course and have the TWRA-issued wallet certificate with them at all times as they operate the boat. Register for the required class here.