Herb Parsons Lake in Tennessee

General Description

Fayette County, Fifteen miles north of Collierville on Fisherville Lake Road.  From Collierville, follow Hwy. 205 (Collierville -Arlington Rd.) to Monterey Lake Road, turn right, go to Fisherville Lake Road, then turn left to the entrance.  From I-40, take Exit 25 (Hwy. 205) south to Hwy. 193. Turn left on Hwy. 193, then turn right on Fisherville Lake Road to the entrance.

Her Parson's Lake is a 177-acre lake, with family picnic areas, restrooms,  and a concession area.  You can purchase your license on location and use the boat launching ramp, fishing pier, and boat rentals to get you out in the lake. Don't worry you can buy your bait, tackle and license there.

Largemouth Bass: 10 per day, 16–20 inch PLR. Only one (1) fish longer than 20 inches 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 inch minimum length limit.
Hybrid Striped Bass: 16 inch minimum length limit, 2 fish per day 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

Largemouth bass - bluegill - crappie - redear sunfish - blue, channel & bullhead catfish - yellow bass

Fishing Tips:

  • Catfishing is best after the dogwoods bloom in spring until cold weather.
  • Try fresh chicken livers or large catalpa worms.
  • Crappie fishing is best during the spawning season with small minnows and jigs in shallow water.

Contact Information

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

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