Tennessee is a fishing state, where the people love to fish and spend times outdoors, and the opportunities are abundant with over 9,850 rivers and streams. That’s not a misprint, Tennessee is home to a large number of streams and rivers, plus it has over 350 lakes. Join us as we discuss the Tennessee fishing regulations and fishing license requirements.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations

The State of Tennessee states:

  • Anglers are restricted to a maximum of 3 hooks per rod, pole or hand-held line
  • The following daily limits apply:
    • Black Bass are limited to 5/day
    • Crappie are limited to 15/day
    • Walleye are limited to 5/day
    • Trout are limited to 7/day

Fishing License Period

Tennessee fishing licenses are available as:

  • Daily fishing licenses
  • Annual fishing licenses
  • Lifetime fishing licenses

Extra Licensing Fees

Tennessee requires a separate fishing license for trout fishing.

Free or Reduced Fee Tennessee Fishing Licenses

The State of Tennessee offers free fishing licenses or reduced fishing licenses for :

  • Tennessee residents who are blind
  • Residents of Tennessee Veterans who are disabled
  • Residents of Tennessee who are permanently restricted to wheelchairs
  • Residents who are under eighteen years old and who are disabled

Tennessee Fishing Licenses Are NOT Required For

If you fall into any of the below categories you’re in luck, because you aren’t required to have a fishing license:

  • Resident or nonresidents under 13 years of age
  • Landowners, their spouses and children, who fish on their farmland
  • Tenants, their spouses and dependent children who fish on farmland owned by an individual or a family.
  • Resident grandchildren (under 16) and resident great-grandchildren (under 16) who fish on farmland which is owned by their resident grandparents or great-grandparents
  • If you’re on military leave (must carry a copy of your leave orders)
  • If you are a resident 92 year old

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