COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Tims Ford State Park

Fishing

2020 COVID-19 Update

Most state park boat rental operations will open this summer. Hours and operating procedures will vary by park. Each park will implement additional safety and sanitation protocols to protect park staff and visitors and encourage social distancing. All boaters are encouraged to bring their own life jacket or approved personal floatation device (PFD).


Fishing is decent for Largemouth, Spotted and Smallmouth Bass and is best known for the latter. The lake is stocked annually with Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass which can be caught year-round using various techniques.  Striped Bass commonly exceed 15 lbs and hybrids are typically about 7 pounds. Numerous local and professional tournaments are conducted on the lake. 

Fishing in the Elk River coldwater tailwaters below the dam during non-generation periods is very productive for Rainbow and Brown Trout.