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...come back to nature at Dale Hollow Lake.
In addition to its rare beauty, ULTRA-clear water and unspoiled shoreline, Dale Hollow Lake is one of the nation's premier bass fisheries. Come float the pristine waters and relax, surrounded by the sounds of nature. There are no McMansions staring you in the face as you cruise the peaceful lake. It feels like you are back in time, back to a virgin forest with an unspoiled lake teeming with fish. PRIVACY & PEACE. Come back to nature. Come to Dale Hollow Lake.
Interested in Fishing Dale Hollow Lake?
You've come to the right place! Dale Hollow Lake Fishing will get you FISH! 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.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses the clear, cold water from Dale Hollow to operate a fish hatchery. This large facility has recently been renovated and enlarged to increase trout production. Dale Hollow Dam and Lake are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project was completed in 1943 for the purposes of flood control, hydroelectric power production and to improve water quality for domestic and industrial use. A number of day-use facilities and campgrounds are located around the lake. A camping permit is required for all designated primitive campsites. If restrooms are not available at primitive campsites, campers are required to have portable sanitation facilities. A number of informational signs and buoys are found throughout the lake marking hazards, creek arms and fish attractors.
*At the present time, there is a reciprocal fishing agreement between Kentucky and Tennessee; a separate license *may be* required for each state's waters depending where you are on the lake.
Light Blue areas on the lake map are reciprocal and a license from either State is valid.
Dale Hollow Lake Fishing is known for its ability to produce trophy smallmouth bass. It is the lake that is linked with the name Billy Westmorland, famed smallmouth angler of Celina, Tennessee. Smallmouth bass in the 14-to 18-inch range are very common, with good numbers of fish in the 4-to 6-pound size available. Trophy fish of even larger sizes are possible, even probable.
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