Carroll Lake

General Description

Carroll  Lake is found in Carroll county Tennessee, on State Highway 22 between McKenzie and Huntingdon (4 miles east of McKenzie).  From I-40, drive to exit 108  (Highway 22) and approximately 20 miles north you will find Carroll Lake.  

The lake is 100 acres and a picnic area and restrooms.  For fishing, the lake has a boat launching ramp, fish attractors, a fishing pier, and rental boats.  For more information call  731-423-5725.

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.


TWRA Family Fishing Lakes


The lakes are open to fishing all week. Lakes will open one‑half hour before official sunrise and close one‑half hour after official sunset, except Garrett Lake which is open 24 hours a day. Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day the following lakes are closed: Gibson Co., Glenn Springs, Herb Parsons, and Lake Graham.


A daily lake permit of $6.00 (available at most lakes), in addition to the regular fishing license, is required to use these lakes. At Lake Halford, a daily or annual permit is required for anyone using the lake or facilities for any type of recreation. A lake permit is not required at Garrett and Whiteville lakes. All residents 16 through 64 years of age, and nonresidents 16 years of age or older must have a permit. Sportsman license and lifetime license holders do not need a lake permit. Resident anglers 65 years of age and older do not need a permit, but do need a fishing license. A $48.00 Annual Lake Permit may also be purchased at many of the lakes with concessionaires, and is good at all TWRA fishing lakes. For Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake, a daily lake permit should be purchased from a license agent in the surrounding area before going to the lake. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all agency lakes. Boats used for any activity other than fishing are prohibited, except for hunting on specific lakes during the regular hunting season as listed in the Tennessee Hunting Guide. Speed boating, personal water craft, water skiing, and swimming are prohibited. Houseboats, sailboats and inboard cruisers are prohibited. On Coy Gaither-Bedford, Marrowbone, VFW and Williamsport lakes, only trolling motors can be used. At Lake Halford recreational boating, personal watercraft, water-skiiing and swimming are allowed. Boats may be rented for $10.00 per day at some lakes on a seasonal basis. There is no charge for paddles.


Only rods and reels, poles, hand-held lines, and jugs may be used. Snagging is prohibited. Trotlines and limblines are prohibited.

From April 1 through Sept. 30, jug fishing is prohibited on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. On days open to jug fishing, each boat is limited to 10 jugs or blocks per day.

Fish Species Found

You can find Largemouth bass,  crappie,  bluegill, redear sunfish,  walleye, blue & channel catfish at Carroll Lake.

Fishing Tips:

  • Plastic worms worked slowly are usually effective for bass when the water temperature is below 55 degrees.
  • When water temperatures warm to above 55 degrees, try small crayfish-colored Rat-L-Traps to fish in shallow water in early mornings and late afternoons.
  • Fish deeper and around cover during the midday hours.

Contact Information

Region 1 Office: 731-423-5725
Toll-Free:  800-372-3928
E-mail the office

Interactive Map of Carroll Lake
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Carroll Lake Map