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Old 07-30-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Amboy, Illinois
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My friends and I are taking a road trip down to TN for Labor Day weekend. We just wanted to travel TN for a couple days and camp out where ever we wanted to. What particular places in TN have some great fishing (catfishing, mostly) and just awesome beauty. Were not looking for any places with high populations... just some good ol' camping and frying up our own fish. Thanks alot once again.
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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Catfish are EVERYWHERE in Tennessee. Wont matter where you go. the best camping will be in east Tennessee. Just beware of any one coming to your camp playing banjo and saying "squeal like a pig boy!" if they do--RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Head to Wartburg, northwest of Knoxville, and head into the Obed Wild and Scenic River Wilderness.
Obed Wild & Scenic River - Obed Wild & Scenic River (U.S. National Park Service)
Plenty of fishing, hiking, camping with breathtaking scenery.
Wartburg is also the entrance to Frozen Head State Park, another great place to visit
Tennessee State Parks: Frozen Head State Park
Lots more information on Tennessee State Parks here:
TN State Parks: Find A Park: Camping
You can get a wealth of information, including fish and water quality, from TVA's website. They run a lot of campgrounds and recreation areas at their lakes.
TVA: Camping and Recreation Areas
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Dale Hollow Lake. Most is in Tennessee but it extends into Kentucky.

"Dale Hollow is the current world record holder for smallmouth bass. Other achievements include a Tennessee state record for lake trout (12 pounds, 13 ounces). The Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam produced a state record rainbow trout (14 pounds, 8 ounces) and brown trout (26 pounds, 2 ounces). Finally, the lake also holds the Kentucky muskie title at 43 pounds.

"Channel and flathead catfish display moderate populations and above-average growth rates."

from the web site:
Dale Hollow Lake

Cordell Hull Lake. A fairly secluded (and overlooked) lake about 90 minutes east of Nashville near Cookeville. Bass, rockfish, and lots of catfish.

Cordell Hull Lake
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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You must go to Fall Creek Falls State park! It has beautiful waterfalls aned great camping. As far as fishing, they say it holds some records for bass fishing. You will not be disappointed with your stop here!

Have Fun!
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Noodling is legal in Tennessee for flat head cat fish........

Noodling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Try Land Between the Lakes, tons o' cats in there.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Amboy, Illinois
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ive heard of that noodling stuff. id try it but id rather keep my fingers and not run into a snapper or some snakes or something, but ill deff check into those places mentioned.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Jeremy,
I would check out Wautaga lake in NE Tennessee. There is many TVA lakes that are worth fishing, from what I've read. And as Steve said Land between the lakes and Dale Hollow lake. Land between the lakes seems pretty touristy though, but is huge!

Good luck fishn Jeremy! Have fun on your trip.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Smile noodling

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Ive heard of that noodling stuff. id try it but id rather keep my fingers and not run into a snapper or some snakes or something, but ill def check into those places mentioned.
The first time I heard about Noodling was 8-10 years ago on PBS. Some where in the south a 12 year old girl want only one thing for her 13th birthday. Is to go Noodling with her grand father that was the local Noodler...... Well like you said they got down in the water at the bank of the river and her grandfather run his arm up and underneath a big old log sticking out of the bank.... Yeap theirs one their!! The little 13 year girl stuck her little arm and hand up under that old log..... "BANG" out come thrashing a big old cat all the way up to her little elbow.... just a flopping and splashing... that little girl gave the cat a big ole bear hug and hung on while she step up and out of the river. Turns out to be a 65 pound cat.... Just a beaming from ear to ear.......she was.......
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