Fish the Park

Shelby Farms Park has more than 20 lakes and ponds available for fishing! The lakes are home to catfish, crappie, bream and largemouth bass. Trout are stocked in Jones Pond every December and January.   

The main sport fishing lakes are Beaver Lake, Chickasaw Lake and Pine Lake. Other recommended lakes and ponds include Mayor Lake, Brood Pond, Indian Lake and Willow Lake. You can find a map of our lakes here.

Fishing piers are available at Beaver Lake and Pine Lake. .

Non-motorized boats are allowed on all lakes, but not all lakes are easily accessed.  Hyde Lake, Pine
Lake, Beaver Lake and Chickasaw Lake (in that order) have the easiest access. Remember, there is no off-road driving even if pulling a boat to launch in the water.

A few reminders:

  • A valid Tennessee fishing license is required (for those 13 and over), and Tennessee fishing rules and regulations apply on all lakes. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency enforces fishing license regulations.
  • There are no fees to fish at the Park
  • Fishing will be allowed in Hyde Lake (formerly called Patriot Lake) once its 3-year stocking program is complete and fish are mature enough to support fishing.  Fishing is permitted in all other lakes.
  • No swimming or wading
  • All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must be equipped with one wearable personal flotation device for each person on board.  All persons 12 years or under are required to wear a personal flotation device. According to TWRA regulations, those not following this requirement may be subject to a fine.
  • Carp may not be taken -- they must be returned to the water
  • Please pick up all trash and materials

For more information, including fishing license qualifications, creel limits and safety regulations, visit

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