Trace State Park is closed to fishing and boating
Fishing ReportTrace State Park - 4/28/2020 10:49:56 AM
Special Fishing Regulations
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Creel Limits (per person, per day)
- No trotlines, set lines, jug fishing, or commercial gears are permitted on State Park Lakes .
- Night fishing (from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise) will be permitted from the shore or from boats which are in compliance with State and Coast Guard regulations. Only idle speed and trolling motors may be used at night.
- Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Park Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of a bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), by Commission Order on April 19, 2017, has closed Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park. MDWFP has completed the process of draining the lake in preparation for planned repairs to the dam.
Other activities, including fishing in the smaller lake near the Park entrance, will remain open. "We encourage our customers to continue to use our amenities like the hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails, as well as day-use areas, disc golf, and RV camping," said Jennifer Head, Director of State Parks. After repairs are complete, the lake will be filled and stocked with bass, bream, crappie, and catfish.
Contact the Park at (662) 489-2958 for more information.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters. Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.