Norris Lakefront Vacation Rental 


Fishing on Norris Lake
Norris Lake Sport Fish Survey

Fish Species 2008 Score 2008 Average Across the TVA Region
Black Basses
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
White Crappie


Spotted bass - Small white spinners, plastic grubs on leadhead jigs, doll flies, and crawfish crankbaits are excellent.

Largemouth bass - Crankbaits, top water lures, Flukes, Bass Assassins, spinners, and Carolina-rigged lizards all work during April, May, and early June.

Smallmouth bass - Good lures for Norris smallmouth are Silver Buddies, 1/4 oz (or smaller) doll flies, doll flies tipped with minnows, float-and-fly rigs, and large shiners. On windy days in late winter, cast small crankbaits to wind-swept, rocky banks. Early spring smallmouth spawn on gravel points which reach out into the main channels. Spinners or pig’n jigs fished at night on steep, boulder-strewn banks catch good smallmouth year-'round.

Crappie - Quality angling is best in the back of major embayments such as Big Sycamore Creek, Davis Creek and Big Creek. Upper river sections above Point 15 (Powell R.) and Point 31 (Clinch R.) are also good. Fish brush piles or downed trees in the winter, early spring or late fall months. Small minnows, plastic grubs, flies tipped with minnows, and small crankbaits work best.

Walleye - During river runs, troll or jig with minnow-tipped doll flies, Sparkle Tails, AC Shiners, Rapalas, or Shad Raps. In late spring, night anglers cast crankbaits into flooded weeds. Trolling with Jet Lures tipped with night crawlers, spinner-and-night crawler rigs, or with deep running Long-Billed Rebels and Model 911 RedFins is popular by the end of May on the lower end. Night fishing with jigging spoons, alewife or shad accounts for good catches in the summer.

Fish Habitat Enhancement:

The TWRA and volunteers from the public sector, have worked to improve fish habitat in Norris for many years.

More than 21,000 structures have been placed in the lake since 1992. A wide variety of fish attractors have been used in an attempt to concentrate fish for anglers. These include brush piles which are used by many game fish, and stake beds which are primarily for concentrating crappie. These attractors work well, but must continually be refurbished.

Bald cypress and black willow trees have been planted in drawdown areas to create additional, long lasting habitat.

Shoreline seeding of grasses during the winter drawdown has the potential of creating spawning habitat and cover for young fish. Inconsistent water levels, however, have rendered any shoreline seeding projects impractical.

Spawning benches have been constructed to provide habitat for smallmouth bass reproduction.

Everyone 13 or older will need afishing license. The phone number is 888-814-8972. Also you can get one from the TWRA website
General information on fishing license at

Jr. Hunt/Fish (Type 070) - $9.00 (Required for nonresidents ages 13-15, fishing and small game only)
Annual Fishing (Type 076) No trout - $41.00
Three-Day Fishing (Type 077) No trout - $16.50
Ten-Day Fishing (Type 079) No trout - $25.50






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