Skip to Content

Spawining Temperatures

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

Spawning Temperatures
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