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Dale Hollow Lake invites all anglers to fish the beautiful clear waters of Dale Hollow Lake. Located in scenic rural country along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, the lake is renowned for water purity as well as fishing. In addition to yielding the world record smallmouth bass, Dale Hollow Lake has produced many outstanding catches of other fish.  The following tables will help you to determine what to fish for and when.
Reservoir Elevation
Month Average
January - March 645'
April - June 650'
July - September 642'
October - December 637'
Elevation at Full Pool 651'
Acres: 27,700 Shoreline: 620 miles
Record Fish Taken On Dale Hollow Lake
Species Record Weight
World Record Smallmouth Bass 11 lbs. 15 oz.
Largemouth Bass 11 lbs. 1 oz.
White Bass 4 lbs. 2 oz.
Walleye 18 lbs. 8 oz.
Muskellunge 43 lbs. 0 oz.
Bluegill 2 lbs. 7 oz.
Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 8 oz.
Brown Trout 26 lbs. 2 oz.

Effect of Water Temperatures on Fishing

Fish Temperature Preference
Smallmouth Bass 67
Largemouth Bass 70-72
Walleye & Muskie 55
Rainbow Trout
Live Bait 40-50
Wet Fly 50-55
Dry Fly 55-68
Average Water Temperature Degrees Fahrenheit
Month Surface 10' Depth 20' Depth Air Temp
Jan 43 43 43 41
Feb 46 45 44 44
Mar 53 52 51 53
Apr 60 59 57 63
May 75 73 65 71
Jun 83 82 75 77
Jul 84 84 80 80
Aug 81 81 81 75
Sep 75 75 75 67
Oct 65 65 65 53
Nov 56 55 55 43
Dec 48 48 48 41

Approximate Spawning Periods
Smallmouth Bass Early Mar - Late Apr
Largemouth Bass April - May
Walleye Late Feb to Late Mar
Muskie Early Feb to Late Mar
Crappie April - Early June
Pan-Fish Good Anytime

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