Center Hill Lake is located in the Cumberland River Basin on the Caney Fork River. The lake is 64 river miles long and features 415 miles of shoreline. The water shed area for the lake is 2,174 square miles. Visibility in the lake ranges from 3.5 feet to 6 feet in the summer months. The TWRA and local anglers have placed many fish attractors and brush piles throughout the lake, which adds to making Center Hill Lake an excellent lake for fishing. Abundant in the lake are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass (white bass), catfish, bluegill, and walleye. The lake also offers brown trout, rainbow trout, paddlefish, spotted bass, and three types of crappie. The Tennessee state record spotted bass was caught here in 1989 weighing 5 lbs. 8 oz. There are three state parks on Center Hill Lake, and nine recreation areas ran by the Army Corps of Engineers.
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