Fishing Lakes

With more than 20 bodies of water across 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park offers great fishing for beginners and pros alike.

Please review our fishing information below, and keep in mind that all of our fishing areas are also home to many varieties of waterfowl, wildlife, snakes and park users. Thanks for your help in protecting the habitat of all the creatures who call Shelby Farms Park "home."

Rules and Requirements

  • A valid Tennessee fishing license is required (for those over 13), and Tennessee fishing rules and regulations apply on all lakes at Shelby Farms Park. 
  • We do not sell fishing licenses at Shelby Farms Park. Check out local superstores, bait shops and sporting goods stores.
  • There are no fees to fish at the Park.
  • No Carp may be taken. They must be returned to the water. 
  • Beaver Lake, Pine Lake and Patriot Lake have piers that allow visitors to fish deeper waters.
  • Bank fishing is permitted at these and other lakes in the Park, unless otherwise posted.
  • Jones Pond is stocked with Rainbow Trout several times a year by TWRA.
  • Catfish, Stripers, Crappie, Brim, Large and Small-mouthed Bass are all found in Shelby Farms Park waters. 
  • Do not leave trash or materials. We ask that you take with you anything you bring to the Park. 
  • No boating except in Patriot Lake. Battery operated trolling motors only in Patriot Lake. 
  • No swimming in any body of water. 

Creel and Length Limits

Striped Bass - limit 2, minimum length 18 inches

All other Bass - limit 5, minimum length 14 inches

Catfish - limit 5, minimum length 12 inches

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