Center Hill Lake Fishing - Smithville, TN

Center Hill Lake Fishing

Fishing is a popular year round activity at Center Hill Lake. The sport 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 the 255 miles of shoreline. Fishing tournaments are often held at the lake during summer months and professional fishing guides are also available for hire.

Fishing License Information

If you fish at Center Hill Lake or if you assist someone else to do so, you must have a valid Tennessee fishing license. There are some exceptions for example No one under 13 needs a license, nor does anyone born before March 1, 1926.

Fishing licenses are available for purchase online from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Tennessee Fishing licenses maybe also be purchased at various sports and outdoor retailers located throughout the state.

Fish Species at Center Hill Lake:

  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Small Mouth Bass
  • Stripped Bass
  • White Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Rock Bass
  • Walleye
  • Sunfish
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Paddlefish

Current Fish Size & Creel Limits

Striped Bass 15 inches No Limit

Large Mouth Bass

15 inches 5*
Small Mouth Bass 18 inches 5*
Spotted Bass No Limit 5*

Rock Bass

No Limit 20

White Bass

15 inches No Limit
Walleye 16 inches 5
Sunfish No Limit 20
Crappie 10 inches 15
Paddlefish Off Limits Center Hill Lake is closed to taking or possessing paddlefish.


No Limit No Limit NOTE: Fishermen may only keep one catfish longer than 34 inches per day.

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

State Record Paddlefish

On April 28, 1984 Shane Henry caught a state record paddlefish at Center Hill Lake. The record fish weighed in at 75 lbs 0 oz.

Daily Fish Report and Fishing Information Line

Center Hill Lake Fish Report

A weekday Center Hill Lake Fishing Information Line that provides fishing conditions and lake levels is available at (931) 858-4366.

Tennessee Fishing Angler's Guide

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