Percy Priest Lake Fishing - Nashville, TN

Percy Priest Lake Fishing

Percy Priest Lake fishing is a popular year round activity that is enjoyed by anglers of all ages and abilities. Fishing opportunities are numerous throughout the lake whether you are fishing from a boat or from one of the many bank fishing locations. Fishing tournaments are often held at the lake during summer months and professional fishing guides are also available for hire. Twenty fish attractor locations have been added to the lake and are maintained by The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required for all fisherman.

Fish Species at Percy Priest Lake:

  • Striped Bass
  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Small Mouth Bass
  • White Bass
  • Cherokee Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Trout

Bank Fishing

If you don't have a boat, there are various bank fishing spots available throughout the lake. Enhanced bank fishing and accessible fishing opportunities are available at Stewart Creek, Vivrette Creek, J. Percy Priest Overlook, and Cook Recreation Areas.

Percy Priest Lake Fishing with Jugs, Trotlines and Limb Lines

Trotlines, jug fishing and limb lines are legal and are required to be tagged and include the owners name and address. Trotlines, jugs and limb lines are also required to be within five feet of the shoreline and must be checked daily.

Daily Fish Report and Fishing Information Line

Percy Priest Fish Report

A weekday Fishing Information Line that provides fishing conditions and lake levels is available at (615) 883-2351.

Current Fish Size & Creel Limits

Striped Bass 15 inches 2*

Large Mouth Bass

15 inches 5*
Small Mouth Bass 15 inches 5*
Cherokee Bass 15 inches 2*

Kentucky Bass

15 inches No Limit

White Bass

30 inches No Limit


No Limit No Limit


10 inches 30

*Daily Bass Limit is any Combination of Large Mouth, Small Mouth, and/or Kentucky Bass

Tennessee Fishing Information

Additional Fishing Regulation Information can be found in the Tennessee Fishing Angler's Guide.