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Overview

Nineteen TWRA managed lakes, located in Middle and West Tennessee, are open year-round. Some of these lakes are operated by private concessionaires under contract and offer complete services for the fishing public.

Lake Permit Regulations in Tennessee

Permit Requirements

  • A daily lake permit costing $6.00, available at most lakes, is required in addition to the regular fishing license to use these lakes.
  • Lake Halford: Requires a daily or annual permit specified for Lake Halford, available online, for any type of recreation.
  • Resident and Nonresident Age Requirements: Residents aged 16 through 64 and nonresidents aged 16 or older must have a permit.
  • Exemptions: Sportsman license and lifetime license holders do not need a lake permit. Resident anglers aged 65 and older do not need a permit but require a fishing license.
  • Annual Lake Permit: Available for $48.00 at many lakes with concessionaires, valid at all TWRA fishing lakes.
  • Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake: Daily lake permits should be purchased from a license agent in the surrounding area before going to the lake.

Prohibited Activities

  • Alcoholic Beverages: Prohibited at all agency lakes.
  • Non-Fishing Boats: Boats used for activities other than fishing are prohibited, except for hunting on specific lakes during the regular hunting season.
  • Restricted Water Activities: Speed boating, personal watercraft, water skiing, and swimming are prohibited. Houseboats, sailboats, and inboard cruisers are also prohibited.
  • Lake-Specific Restrictions:
    • Coy Gaither-Bedford, Marrowbone, VFW, and Williamsport lakes: Only trolling motors are permitted.
    • Lake Halford: Allows recreational boating, personal watercraft, water skiing, and swimming.

Boat Rentals

  • Rental Cost: Boats may be rented for $10.00 per day at some lakes on a seasonal basis.
  • Additional Information: Paddles are provided free of charge.

Fishing Tackle Regulations

Permitted Tackle

  • Rods and Reels: Allowed for fishing.
  • Poles: Permitted for fishing activities.
  • Hand-Held Lines: Allowed for fishing purposes.
  • Jugs: Permissible for fishing (refer to specific jug fishing rules at TWRA lakes).

Prohibited Activities

  • Snagging: Prohibited for all fishing activities.

Locations and Facilities

For detailed information, visit www.tn.gov/twra/fishing/where-to-fish.

# Lake Name (Contact Number) Location Licenses Sold Permit Required Rental Boats Outboards Permitted Launching Ramp Fishing Piers Picnic Areas Bait & Tackle
1 Browns Creek Lake (731-423-5725) Henderson Co. 10 miles S of I-40 in the Natchez Trace State Park. (167 acres)
2 Carroll Lake (731-423-5725) Carroll Co. 4 miles E of McKenzie on Hwy 22. (100 acres)
3 Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake (615-781-6622) Bedford Co. 10 miles SE of Shelbyville on Hwy 269. (47 acres)
4 Davy Crockett Lake (Crockett Co.) (731-784-3889) Crockett Co. 5 miles W of Humboldt on Hwy 152. (87 acres)
5 Garrett Lake (731-423-5725) Weakley Co. 7 miles E of Dresden on Hwy 54. (183 acres)
6 Gibson County Lake (731-423-5725) Gibson Co. 5 miles E of Trenton off of Vaughns Grove Rd. (560 acres)
7 Glenn Springs Lake (731-423-5725) Tipton Co. 12 miles NE of Millington on Glenn Springs Rd. (310 acres)
8 Lake Halford (731-423-5725) Carrol Co. 5 miles SW of Huntingdon Hwy 70. (985 acres)
9 Herb Parsons Lake (731-423-5725) Fayette Co. 15 miles N of Collierville on Collierville-Arlington Rd. (177 acres)
10 Lake Graham (731-423-5725) Madison Co. 9 miles E of Jackson on Cotton Grove Rd. (500 acres)
11 Laurel Hill Lake (931-762-7200) Lawrence Co. 15 miles W of Lawrenceburg on Hwy 64. (325 acres)
12 Maples Creek Lake (731-423-5725) Carroll Co. 4 miles N of I-40 in Natchez Trace State Park. (90 acres)
13 Marrowbone Lake (615-410-6193 or 615-781-6622) Davidson Co. 6 miles N of Joelton off of Hwy 41-A. (60 acres)
14 VFW Lake (931-762-7200) Lawrence Co. 12 miles W of Lawrenceburg off of Hwy 64. (22 acres)
15 Whiteville Lake (731-423-5725) Hardeman Co. 2 miles S of Whiteville on Hwy 64. (158 acres)
16-19 Williamsport Lakes (4 lakes) (931-583-2477) Maury Co. 8.5 miles NW of Columbia on Hwy 50. (164 acres total)

Fishing Regulations and Species Limits

Browns Creek Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 10 per day, 18–25-inch PLR. Only one (1) fish longer than 25 inches may be harvested.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 10 per day, no minimum length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): No creel or minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

Carroll Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, 15 inch minimum length limit.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 20 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): No creel limit; no length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Walleye: 16 inch minimum length limit, 5 fish creel limit.

Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, 14–18 inch PLR. Only one (1) fish longer than 18 inches may be harvested.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 20 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 15 per day, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, 14 inch minimum length limit.

Davy Crockett Lake (Crockett Co.)

  • Largemouth Bass: 10 per day, no length limit.
  • Bluegill: No creel or length limit.
  • Redear: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

Garrett Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 5 per day, no length limit.
  • Bluegill: No creel or length limit.
  • Redear: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

Gibson County Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 10 per day, 18–24 inch PLR. Only one (1) fish longer than 24 inches may be harvested.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 20 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

Glenn Springs Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: No creel limit for fish 18 inches and less in length, only one fish over 18 inches in length may be harvested per day.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 20 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day, no minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

Herb Parsons Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 10 per day, 16”-20” PLR. Only one (1) fish longer than 20” may be harvested.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 10 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): No creel or length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, 16” minimum length limit.
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: 16-inch minimum length limit, 2 fish per day creel limit.

Lake Graham

  • Largemouth Bass: No creel limit for fish 18 inches and less in length, only one fish over 18 inches in length may be harvested per day.
  • Bluegill: No creel or length limit.
  • Redear: 20 per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): 30 per day, 10 inch minimum length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.
  • Trout: 7 per day, no length limit.

Lake Halford

  • Largemouth Bass: 10 fish per day, 18-inch maximum size limit. Only two (2) fish longer than 18 inches may be harvested.
  • Bluegill/Redear: 10 fish per day, no length limit.
  • Crappie (all species): No creel no length limit.
  • Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day , 16 minimum length limit.

Jug fishing is prohibited on Lake Halford.

Laurel Hill Lake

  • Bass Harvest: Limited to 5 per day, with a strict size regulation of 13–18 inches. Only one trophy fish exceeding 18 inches may be retained.
  • Bluegill/Redear Bounty: Anglers can take up to 20 daily, irrespective of size, in a combined limit.
  • Crappie Catch: Restricted to 15 per day, ensuring sustainability, with a minimum length requirement of 10 inches.
  • Catfish Capture: Limited to 5 daily in combination, with a mandated minimum size of 14 inches.

Maples Creek Lake

  • Bass Quota: No cap on catches up to 18 inches, but only one behemoth exceeding 18 inches allowed per angler per day.
  • Sunfish Collection: No imposed limits on bluegill hauls, encouraging abundant enjoyment.
  • Redear Reach: Generous daily limit of 20, fostering a rich fishing experience without size constraints.
  • Crappie Count: No creel or length regulations, providing freedom in crappie captures.
  • Catfish Catch: Restricted to 5 daily, promoting conservation with a minimum size of 14 inches.

Marrowbone Lake

  • Bass Bounty: Limited to 5 per day, adhering to a size range of 14–18 inches. Only one trophy fish exceeding 18 inches may be retained.
  • Sunfish Stock: No constraints on bluegill catches, enhancing angler satisfaction.
  • Redear Ration: A daily allotment of 20, fostering ample opportunities for fishing fun.
  • Crappie Quota: Capped at 15 per day, ensuring sustainability, with a mandated minimum length of 10 inches.
  • Catfish Capture: Limited to 5 daily in combination, with a mandated minimum size of 14 inches.
  • Trout Take: A generous allowance of 7 per day, encouraging trout enthusiasts without length restrictions.

VFW Lake

  • Bass Bag Limit: Set at 5 per day, without size restrictions, encouraging angler participation.
  • Sunfish Stock: No limits on bluegill catches, promoting a rewarding fishing experience.
  • Crappie Count: Limited to 15 daily, with a minimum length requirement of 10 inches, ensuring responsible harvesting.
  • Catfish Capture: Capped at 5 daily in combination, with a mandated minimum size of 14 inches.

Whiteville Lake

  • Bass Bounty: No cap on catches up to 18 inches, but only one trophy fish exceeding 18 inches allowed per angler per day.
  • Sunfish Stock: No imposed limits on bluegill hauls, fostering an enjoyable fishing outing.
  • Redear Reach: A daily limit of 20, ensuring an abundant fishing experience without size constraints.
  • Crappie Count: No creel or length regulations, providing anglers with flexibility in crappie captures.
  • Catfish Capture: Limited to 5 daily in combination, with a mandated minimum size of 14 inches.

Williamsport Lakes (4 lakes)

  • Whippoorwill Lake: Designated for juvenile fishing, catering to young anglers aged 16 and under, accompanied by an adult.
  • Bass Bag Limit: Set at 1 per day, with a stringent minimum length requirement of 20 inches.
  • Sunfish Stock: No imposed limits on bluegill catches, promoting an enjoyable fishing experience.
  • Crappie Count: Capped at 15 per day, ensuring sustainable harvesting practices, with a minimum length requirement of 10 inches.
  • Catfish Capture: Limited to 5 daily in combination, with a mandated minimum size of 14 inches.
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: A conservative allowance of 2 per day, with a minimum length requirement of 15 inches.
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