Maples Creek Lake in Tennessee

General Description

Maples Creek Lake is located approximately 4 miles north of I-40 in Natchez Trace State Park. The directions from I-40 are: Take exit 116 (State Highway 114) to Maples Lake Road.  

The lake is 90 acres and has a boat launching ramp, rental boats, a fishing pier, public restrooms, and a picnic area for the family.  If you have inquiries call  (731) 423-5725.


Largemouth Bass: No creel limit for fish 18 inches and less in length, only one fish over 18 inches in length may be harvested per day.
Bluegill: no creel or length limit.
20 per day, no length limit.
Crappie (all species): No creel or length limit.
Blue/Channel Catfish: 5 per day in combination, no length limit.

TWRA Family Fishing Lakes License, Permit and General Information

What you can catch

Fish Species Found

Largemouth bass - crappie - bluegill - redear sunfish - blue & channel catfish

Fishing Tips:

  • Fresh chicken livers, catalpa worms, and large nightcrawlers are almost always good baits for bottom-feeding catfish. 
  • May through November are good fishing times. 
  • Catfish feed heavily during the May pre-spawn time and in November as they prepare for the winter months.

Contact Information

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

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