Reel Fun on Public Lakes

There are more than 48,000 acres of public lands spread across Benton, Carroll and Henderson Counties. It’s a perfect destination for fisherman of all ages and abilities.

Natchez Trace offers a variety of fishing destinations. 

Brown’s Creek Lake (167 acre) is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) using Florida strain Largemouth Bass to produce trophy Largemouth Bass. Fish surveys as recent as 2012 have documented that there are bass in the 10-pound class in the lake.  Jon boat rentals are available and a lake permit fee is required. 

Maple’s Creek Lake (90 acre) is also managed by TWRA and provides excellent catfish fishing and quality Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. Jon boat rentals are available and day or annual lake use permits are available on site via a drop box.

Pin Oak Lake (690 acre) is managed by the Natchez Trace State Park. Fishing can be productive for bass, bluegill and catfish. There is a slot limit for largemouth bass.

Fish limits for all lakes include: 

  • Black Bass: 5/day no length limit except Brown's Lake has 18" to 24" slot limit
  • Crappie: 30/day no length limit on Maple and Pin Oak, 30/day 8" limit on Brown's, 15/day no limit on Cub
  • Redear: 20/day on length limit
  • Bluegill: no creel limit, no length limit
  • Catfish: 5/day, no length limit