Shelby Farms Park opened its centerpiece lake to public fishing Friday, more than a year ahead of schedule, in a testament to the “healthy fish environment” that has developed there, park officials say. Hyde Lake will be opened to fishing along designated areas of the southern shore, or from non-motorized vessels. No fee is charged for fishing, but a valid Tennessee fishing license is required.
As part of a $52 million project completed in 2016, the lake was expanded from 52 to nearly 80 acres. Fishing was suspended after the project to allow for stocked fish to sufficiently mature. Park officials expected that process to take three years, “but a healthy fish environment was established sooner, allowing fishing to return a year earlier than anticipated,” the park said in a news release.
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