Cordell Hull Lake


Carthage, TN
United States United States
36.3085, -85.7806
12,210 Acres

Cordell Hull Lake offers 381 miles of shoreline. At normal maximum pool, the reservoir contains 259,100 acre feet of water, with a surface area of 12,210 acres.

Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, canoe, hike, ride horseback, and enjoy the outdoors in many other ways. The lake and/or river contain Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Catfish, White Bass, Striped Bass (Rockfish), Sauger, Trout, and Bream.

The most popular species in the lake include:

White bass: White bass provide excellent fishing during spring spawning season, and in the summertime.

Hybrid Rockfish (Stripes): This fish is a cross between the white bass and the rockfish. The hybrid rockfish is one of the most popular species fished for on the lake.

Rockfish (Striped bass): The rockfish is the most successful species ever stocked and is one of the most popular game fish in Cordell Hull Lake. This species is actively stocked and managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Largemouth bass: The tributaries contribute an excellent population of largemouth, one of the most popular species of bass caught by anglers. These fish spawn during the months of May through June in gravel and roots. The desired water temperatures are 63 degrees to 75 degrees.

Catfish: Several species of this family are taken by sport fishing techniques and trotlines. Catfish spawn in May through June in warm water in areas such as under rocks and log jams. Desired water temperatures are 70 degrees to 85 degrees.

Crappie: Both white and black crappie exist in moderate numbers and are one of the preferred game fish in early spring. Both species of crappie spawn during March through July. White crappie prefer brush, stumps, rocks, and plant material for locations to spawn and water temperatures of 64 degrees to 68 degrees. Black crappies on the other hand, prefer gravel areas and water temperatures of 58 degrees to 64 degrees.

Gizzard Shad: This species is an important forage fish and is the most abundant species in Cordell Hull Lake. This fish spawns in the spring in vegetative bottoms at a water temperature of approximately 65 degrees. Compared with other lakes and rivers in the South, Cordell Hull Lake has a relatively fast-growing population of gizzard shad for the first year of life, with a growing rate becoming lower than average in later years.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Disabled access, Playground, Camping, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating, Bait shop on site, Rental boats available, Marina
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Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)


Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)


Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)


Bass, White (Morone chrysops)


Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)


Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)


Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)



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