Fishing along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, MS (Credit: Heather R.)
Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, MS (Credit: Heather R.)

For those interested in outdoor activities, particularly fishing, the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway is the ideal spot! Now that the weather is warming up, fishing on the Trace is a great way to spend an afternoon. Fishing is allowed in lakes and streams along the Natchez Trace Parkway (fishing regulations vary by state.)

Fishing is the perfect way to relax by yourself or with family and friends. It’s a hobby for many Southerners, and many of our visitors have a lot of fun dipping the line in hopes to catching a big one! Fry up a fresh dinner with your winnings, or throw them back. Either way, it’s a treasured form of fun and relaxation.

Fishing on the Natchez Trace (photo credit: Waiting for Godot)
Fishing on the Natchez Trace (photo credit: Waiting for Godot)

Where to fish on or near the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi:

  • Natchez State Park (milepost 8.1)
  • Ross Barnett Reservoir (milepost 105.6)
  • Davis Lake (milepost 243.1)
  • Bay Springs Lake (milepost 293.4)
  • Tishomingo State Park (milepost 304.5)
  • J.P. Coleman State Park (milepost 320)

Remember that a Mississippi State fishing license is required. For information on Mississippi fishing regulations, visit the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website.

Where to fish on or near the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama:

  • Colbert Ferry (milepost 327.3) – public boat launch available

Visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources web site for Alabama State fishing regulations.

Where to fish on or near the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee:

  • Pickwick Landing State Park (milepost 320)

Once more, a fishing license is required so be sure to check out the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website for more info.

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So get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine, catch some fish, and soak in all the wonderfulness of the historic and beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway! If you’re interested in other forms of outdoor recreation like wildlife viewing, hunting, water fun, hiking, biking, horseback riding, we’ve got you covered.

Now the perfect time to plan your trip! Don’t miss the dogwoods or the interesting history, savory delicacies, or fun community events along this gorgeous 444-mile scenic byway. Download the Natchez Trace Visitors Guide HERE.

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