Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

John Sevier Reservoir - General Information

TWRA Region IV Office
3030 Wildlife Way Morristown, TN 37814
(423) 587-7037 or (800) 332-0900
Updated - October 2016



John Sevier is a shallow, 305-acre reservoir located near Rogersville and within Hawkins County of east Tennessee. The concrete detention dam located at Holston River Mile 106 is maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The reservoir provides water to cool TVA's John Sevier Fossil Plant and to meet minimum requirements for downstream aquatic life.

The primary game fish are largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, and various sunfish species. There is a precautionary advisory issued against the consumption of all fish from the reservoir. There is one small public boat ramp available. Water depth limits navigation by large vessels.


Smallmouth and largemouth bass are present. There is a five fish daily creel limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass in any combination. There is no size limit on largemouth, but there is a 13 to 17-inch PLR for smallmouth. Only one, 17-inch or longer smallmouth may be harvested per day.


The lake provides ideal habitat for sunfish. Various species are found in the reservoir including bluegill, warmouth, redbreast, and rockbass. There are no creel or size limits for most sunfish, but there is a daily creel limit of 20 for both rock bass (redeye) and redear.


Channel and flathead catfish are present. Only one, 34-inch or longer catfish may be harvested per day. There is not a harvest limit for catfish under 34-inches.


Largemouth bass - Some popular tackle are Silver Buddies, Carolina-rigged plastic lizards, 4-inch plastic worms, crankbaits, Shad Raps, Rapalas, Rat-L-Traps, spinner baits, buzz baits, and many more.

Smallmouth bass - Fish live bait on the bottom, Carolina-rigged lizards, or cast firetiger or shad colored Shad Raps, Rapalas, and Rebels.