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Lake Information for Tellico Lake


Tellico Reservoir was created in 1980 by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It is located at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in portions of Blount, Monroe, and Loudon Counties. The Tellico and Little Tennessee Rivers are the two major tributaries. The reservoir includes 373-miles of shoreline and contains 16,056-acres.

At full pool, the reservoir extends 33-miles up the Little Tennessee River to Chilhowee Dam and 20-miles up the Tellico River. Except during flood events, all outflow from Tellico Reservoir passes through a canal into Fort Loudoun Reservoir just above the Dam. Therefore, Tellico experiences the same water level fluctuations as Fort Loudoun.

Tellico is a cool water impoundment due to the cold water inflows from Chilhowee Reservoir and the Tellico River.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation advises against the consumption of catfish due to PCB contamination.

Fishing Description: 

Since the reservoir is relatively infertile, it does not support high densities of fish. Some of the most common game fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout, and walleye.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Spotted bass- Bridge riprap and similar rocky areas with small white spinners, plastic grubs on leadhead jigs, doll flies, and crawfish crankbaits.

Largemouth bass- Spring: Bat, Clear, and Island Creeks provide excellent pre-spawn bass fishing. Creek points and channels using shallow running crankbaits, spinner baits, buzz baits, Carolina-rigged floating worms, and Texas-rigged worms; Summer: River channel points and humps with Mann’s deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigs, and pig n’ jigs; Fall: Creek mouths and river channel points using shallow running crankbaits and topwater plugs; Winter: Creek mouths and river channels using crankbaits, jigs, and lizards.

Smallmouth bass- Spring: Creek mouths and river channel points with shallow running crankbaits, pig ‘n jigs, and grubs; Summer: River channel points and humps and rip-rap banks using deep running crankbaits and pig ‘n jigs; Fall: River channels using shallow running crankbaits and topwater plugs; Winter: River channel near the dam and the Little Tennessee River section using jigs, grubs, and shiners.

Crappie- Spring: Creek channels in open water and brush with jigs, grubs, and minnows. The standing timber in the Tellico River also holds crappie; Summer: River channels at night with jigs, grubs, and minnows; Fall and Winter: In creeks with jigs, grubs, and minnows.

Walleye and Sauger- Spring: Upper Little Tennessee River section trolling crankbaits or drifting with jigs, grubs, and minnows; Summer: Occasionally caught by bass anglers in river channels fishing deep running crankbaits; Fall and Winter: Same methods as in the spring with less success.

Brown Trout
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
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Tellico Lake
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