Fish & Explore Douglas Lake While Staying in Newport

Douglas Lake, which is located in the Great Smoky Mountains, is one of the most popular fishing spots in Tennessee. This man-made lake was built in 1943 for hydroelectric power generation and flood control. BBOnline recommends exploring these places while you're here.

Douglas Lake
1943 Oak Grove Road
Dandridge, TN 37725

Douglas Lake was created by damming up the French Broad River, which created a lake of more than 30,000 acres of water when at full capacity. The lake has more than 550 miles of shoreline, but most of it is privately owned. If you don't have your own boat and want to go out on the lake, there are plenty of rental places, including the marina at Douglas Lake which allows you to rent a variety of boats. The Douglas Dam provides numerous recreational activities for visitors, including a swimming beach. The most popular fish in the lake include largemouth bass and crappie. You can also find other types of bass and catfish in the lake. The best time for fishing here is during the spring and fall because of the water temperatures.

Cherokee Lake
9617 Highway 11 West
Mooresburg, TN 37811

Cherokee Lake, located about 45 minutes from your Newport Bed and Breakfast, is one of the oldest lakes in Tennessee. When the lake is at full capacity it covers about 30,300 acres and is 59 miles long, which provides plenty of room for a variety of water activities. With 463 miles of shoreline, the lake itself attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year. It's one of the more popular lakes for boating and skiing, but it is also great for fishing. Cherokee Lake has more fish than any other lake in the area because of its high level of water with a dense forage base. Fish attractors have been added to the lake over the years to help improve the fishing experience. Some of these include brush piles and stake beds, along with planting of trees to provide fish habitats. The most popular fish here is the striped bass, but you can also find crappie and walleye.

Norris Lake
125 Village Green Circle
Lake City, TN 37769

Located about an hour and 15 minutes from your Newport Inn, Norris Lake is the oldest lake in Tennessee. Norris Lake Dam was completed in 1936 and the lake was filled to capacity by January 1937. The lake encompasses 56 miles of Powell River and 73 miles of Clinch River for a total of 129 miles in length. With its widest point being about a mile, the lake has a total of 34,200 acres of water surface. In all there are 800 miles of shoreline that you can fish from, with 50 miles of it being an island shoreline. This lake is one of the best spots to go for catching rock fish and walleye because of how deep and clear the water is. During the evenings from June to September, your best chance for catching white bass and smallmouth bass is to go night fishing.