Region 2 Fishing Opportunities

Flintville Hatchery Releases Surplus Trout Into Elk River, Fort Campbell Streams

Just in time for some Independence holiday fishing fun, the TWRA’s Flintville Hatchery has released thousands of rainbow trout into the Elk River in southern Middle Tennessee, and also in several smaller bodies of water on the Tennessee/Kentucky state line within Fort Campbell Military Base.

“We had a surplus of rainbow trout after we did all of our spring stocking in Middle Tennessee and so we sent a bunch of fish to the Elk River and also to streams that we have been stocking for many years at Fort Campbell,” said Todd St John of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The Elk River is a popular cold-water tailrace below Tims Ford Reservoir, while Fort Campbell has streams (and one pond) cold enough to support put and take releases of rainbow trout during he summer.

“We hope everyone takes advantage of these stockings and have a good time,” said St. John. “We had an excellent year at Flintville Hatchery in Lincoln County.”

There is no size limit on rainbow trout in the Elk River or in the Fort Campbell waters, but there is a seven-fish-a-day creel limit.

Fishing Piers in Middle Tennessee

The TWRA fisheries crew has built several piers during the last few years to give anglers more bank access. These piers are at a small lake near Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna. The name of the park is Sharps Spring. It is also stocked with catfish. The agency is willing to apply labor and help build piers on public lakes if local cities are willing to share cost projects.

Contact TWRA's Region II Office at (615) 781-6624 and ask for Todd St. John.


Middle Tennessee Bank Access Points


Viverett Creek Pier

Middle Tennessee anglers have more choices than they may realize to fish around excellent structures that attract many of our favorite game fish such as bass, crappie, and bluegill.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, with the approval and help of the U.S. Corps of Engineers and others, has built fishing piers and platforms on Old Hickory and Percy Priest lakes specifically for bank anglers.

The piers are larger than the platforms, but both span the water and get anglers close to structure build around them by TWRA.

  • Percy Priest
  • Old Hickory
  • Cook Recreation Area: This site has one pier, and two fishing platforms that extend over the water. Also fish attractors around bank. Off of Stewarts Ferry Pike.

    Stewarts Creek: This site has one pier, numerous small platforms at edge of water, lots of bank access, and a lot of structure within easy casting distance. Off Weakley Road in Smyrna.

    Viverett Creek: This site has 1 pier, several platforms, and very good bank access. Just off of Stewarts Ferry Pike, not far from Cook Recreation Area.

    Bank Fishing: Percy Priest has lots more good bank fishing. Seven Points Recreation Area, Pooles Knob Receration Area, Bryant's Grove Recreation Area, and Percy Priest Dam offers easy access.

    Sharp Springs Natural Area (near Priest Lake): This site has three ponds (catch and release only). Two ponds have 1 fishing platform, the other has two. Sharp Springs in just off Jefferson Pike, near Weakley Road, in Smyrna.

  • Rockland Recreation Area: Site has 1 pier and good bank access. In Hendersonville near Old Hickory Dam and Corps of Engineers Resource Office.

    Sanders Ferry Park: This site has 1 pier and good bank access. In Hendersonville on Drakes creek near the End of Sanders Ferry Road.

    Bledsoe Creek State Park: This site has 2 piers. Also, fish attractor around bank. Just off Highway 25 on Ziegler Ford Road in Gallatin.

    Shutes Branch Recreation Area: This site has two piers near each other, but on each side of the road . Near Mt. Juliet off of Andrew Jackson Parkway.

    Station Camp Creek: 1 pier. Located in Gallatin near end of Lock 4 Road.


Stakebeds On Percy Priest Lake​
Picture of stakebeds

Crappie Anglers should definitely give Percy Priest stake beds a try this winter. Located all over the lake, these stake beds are marked by PVC pipe with a TWRA logo at the top. Stakebeds face away from the bank and toward river or creek channels. Most of them are 10 by 10 in size and have bout 100 stakes each. They are driven into the lake bottom. While they are designed for crappie, many other fish also inhabit them in search for shelter or food.