DANDRIDGE, Tenn. – Most of you reading this have an opinion about what makes a town a “fishing town.” It’s the local-only baits and buzz of the small-town tackle shop and the fishing-crazy people who call the town home, for sure. But when it comes down to it, location is everything – you can’t have a great fishing town without a great fishery nearby.

Fortunately for anglers and visitors to Tennessee, some of the best lakes in the country make up the Bill Dance Signature Lakes lineup, and they helped build some genuinely great fishing towns. Come along on Part 3 of MLF Fishing Towns: Tennessee as locals show off the lake that helped create their fishing town.

Watch Part 1 – Bill Dance: “The entire state of Tennessee is one big fishing town”

Watch Part 2 – The local tackle shop is the heart of the fishing town