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How to Get a Tennessee Non Resident Fishing License

Do you love to come to Tennessee and spend time in the river and on the lake? The water is definitely a popular place in the spring and summer! If you’ve wanted to fish in the lake or river but weren’t sure how to get a Tennessee non resident fishing license, we are here to help! We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about how to get a Tennessee non resident fishing license!

Types of Fishing Licenses

trout from clinch riverBefore we explain the process of obtaining your Tennessee non resident fishing license, you should know what kind of licenses you can choose from:

  • Jr. Fishing License – This license is for teenagers who are 13 to 15 years old and want to fish.
  • 3 Day & 10 Day Fishing Licenses: No Trout – These licenses allow you to fish, but you cannot catch or keep trout.
  • 3 Day & 10 Day Fishing License: All Species – These licenses allow you to catch and keep all species of fish.
  • Annual Fishing License – This license allows you to fish anywhere in Tennessee for a year, and you can catch and keep any species.

Process of Getting License

You have a variety of options when it comes to how you want to get your license. The places you can get a Tennessee non resident fishing license are county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, and boating docks. For the sake of convenience, many people choose to get their license from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website since you can print your license at home before you head to Tennessee and are ready to fish as soon as you get here!

Places to Fish in Anderson County

fishing on the clinchThere’s a ton of places to go fishing in Anderson County. Visit all of them while you’re in town to see which spot is your favorite! Here are some of the most popular spots:

Clinch River is a popular fishing destination. You’ll catch rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. You can fish below Norris Dam since there are several access points for wading, to put a boat in the water, and even fish from the shore. You can access the water from the bank or fish from the docks. You can even bring a boat and fish in the deeper areas of the river. There’s also plenty of places where you can wade into the water and fish!

muskie fishing on melton hill lakeNorris Lake is one of the prime places to go fishing in Anderson County. There are more than 14 species in the lake, from striped bass to crappie to walleye. You have a variety of places you can fish from too. The shoreline is perfect for standing or sitting, and there are deep water coves for fishing in boats.

If you’re specifically wanting to catch muskie, then Melton Hill Lake is the place you want to go fishing. Muskie are popular and are some of the largest and fastest growing fish in Tennessee.

Getting your Tennessee non resident fishing license is a simple process. For more information, check out our guide, gear, and license information.