Anderson Norris Dam Fishing

Norris Lake


With a max width of 1.2 miles and a max depth of 210 feet, this 34,200-acre reservoir is the largest lake on a tributary of the Tennessee River. An estimated 67,687 angler trips provided $1.5 million dollars in economic impact to the surrounding area in 2019.

Optimized Fish:
Quality Bass
Quality Bass
  • Continued management for quality bass, striped bass, walleye, and crappie fishing. 

  • Continued stockings of striped bass, walleye, and crappie. 

birding norris
swimming norris
  • Campbell
  • Union
  • Anderson
  • Claiborne
  • Grainger
Norris Lake
  • The lake was created by the Norris Dam at the Cove Creek Site on the Clinch River in 1936 by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for flood control, water storage, and hydroelectric power 

  • Norris Dam and its reservoir were the first major project taken on by the TVA as part of the New Deal 

  • The lake, the dam, and the town of Norris, Tennessee are named for George W. Norris, who was a U.S. Senator from Nebraska and who wrote the legislation that created the TVA 

Rules & Regulations

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