Spawning Temperatures

The following table lists the spawning temperatures of various fish species in Tennessee. Temperatures are given in degrees Fahrenheit (F)

 

Species Spawning
First Fry
(approximate temperature)
Paddlefish   50-55   ~57
Largemouth   68-72   ~75
Smallmouth   59-60   ~65
Striped Bass   59-65   ~68
Cherokee Bass   55-57   ~60
Spotted Bass   63-68   ~70
White Bass   57-68   ~63
Yellow Bass   62-67   ~70
Warmouth   75-80   ~80
Bluegill*   70-75   ~77
Redear   68-75   ~77
Green Sunfish   75-85   ~85
Black Crappie   62-68   ~68
White Crappie   60-65   ~65
Channel Catfish   75-80   ~82
Blue Catfish   70-75   ~78
Walleye   45-50   ~50
Sauger   40-45   ~47
Muskie   49-59   ~52
Northern Pike   40-52   ~54
Rainbow Trout   50-55   ~55
Brown Trout   47-52   ~51
Brook Trout   45-48   ~50