Garrett Lake in Tennessee

General Description

Garrett Lake is a 183-acre lake found in Weakley County,  Tennessee.  Garrett lake is approximately 7 miles east of Dresden off State Highway 54.  Take State Highway 190 north off Highway 54 then turn right at the split and follow directional signs to  Garrett lake.

The lake has a picnic area and pavilion, a boat launching ramp, and a fishing pier.  Please call (731) 423-5725 for more information. 

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.

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,  blue and channel catfish in Garrett lake.

Fishing Tips:

  • If a topwater bait doesn't work, try a spinner blade fished at a medium level or a plastic worm, crawfish or lizard fished on the bottom.
  • Since fish move from level to level depending on lake conditions, the time of day, and the time of year, catching fish is a matter of fishing the right bait at the right level.

Contact Information

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

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