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Smallmouth Bass

Tennessee State Fish 2

Smallmouth bass; photo © Brian Jorg / CritterZone Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission). 

Official Tennessee State Sport Fish

Tennessee designated smallmouth bass as the official state game fish in 2005 (replacing largemouth bass, which had been adopted in 1988). Largemouth bass is a state symbol in four states - Tennessee is the only state that recognizes smallmouth bass. All State Fish

Tennessee also adopted the channel catfish as the official state commercial fish.