Fish Tennessee: Cherokee Lake prime for fall topwater action

Come to East Tennessee this fall and go bass fishing with a seasonal bonus at Cherokee Lake. The topwater action for smallmouth and largemouth is prime, and you get to fish amid the backdrop of spectacular fall colors. 

Nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee is a uniquely highland reservoir. The layout features a narrow main lake, connected by myriad creeks meandering into the surrounding hollows. Down lake, smallmouth are the predominant bass species. In the upper end, largemouth rule where the lake transitions into river-like habitat. Winding channels pass near deep bluff banks and around shallow flats covered in aquatic vegetation and driftwood. And all of it offering the perfect places to target fall bass using a lure normally associated with spring and summertime angling.