Knoxville TN, Fountain City Lake

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Fountain City Lake Amenities

  • 36.035208, -83.932943
  • 7.94 acre Park
  • Reservable gazebo
  • Reservable building
  • Additional shelters - first come, first served
  • Picnic tables
  • Open space
  • Natural spring
  • First Creek
  • Playground
  • Fountain City Greenway

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What to Catch

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stocks fish big enough to catch and keep except in August. Stocking takes place every two to four weeks during summer and winter seasons. There should be a good supply of fish whenever you find time to visit!



Catfish prefer strong-smelling baits. Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.

When to Catch

Catfish are stocked during the months of April through May for your enjoyment. Get out there and fish!

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms make good trout baits. If you’d rather use a lure, try a small inline spinnerbait or a spoon.

When to Catch

Trout are stocked during the months of December through February for a unique fishing opportunity. To find out where to catch trout at more places in Tennessee, check out the trout stocking schedule.



Bass can be caught using live-bait and on artificial lures. The best live baits for bass include worms and minnows set 1 to 3 feet below a bobber with a small weight placed 2 inches above the hook. Hooks should be larger than those used for bluegill. Largemouth have large mouths. Bass can, also, be caught using artificial lures such as jigs, crankbaits, plastic worms, etc.

When to Catch

A large population of largemouth bass reside in the lake and can be caught anytime! Go fish!



The best live baits for bluegill include crickets or worms set 1 to 3 feet below a tiny bobber with a very small weight placed two (2) inches above the hook. Remember to think small when fishing for bluegill. Since the fish have such small mouths.

When to Catch

There are large populations of bluegill residing in the lake that can be caught anytime! Go fish!

Fishing Resources

fishig gear

Gear and Licenses

Starter fishing gear can be purchased from many local retailers

* A fishing license for each person fishing required to have a license.

* Rod and reel for each person fishing.

* Tackle box with extra hooks, sinkers and floats.

* Bait (worms, crickets, minnows, cut catfish bait.)

* A stringer or cooler if you plan to keep fish.

* A towel to clean hands from bait and fish.

* Hats and sunglasses for each person.

* Sunscreen.

* A cooler with drinks and snacks if you plan to fish for a longer period of time.

* Optional – A chair for each person or a towel or blanket to sit on.

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