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Dallas County Public Fishing Lake

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DALLAS COUNTY
STATE PUBLIC FISHING LAKE,
near Selma, Alabama

Anthony Fail, Manager
800 County Road 6
Sardis, AL 36775
(334) 874-8804
Open April 18, 2014 for spring season.

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Dallas County LakeDallas County lake is a 100-acre lake located 11 miles south of Selma off Alabama Highway 41 in Sardis, Alabama.

Directions: From Selma take Ala. Hwy 41 south for 11 miles, then right on County Road 6 to Dallas County Lake.

 

ALL INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Lake is open Sunrise to Sunset as follows:
February 1 through June 30: open 6 days a week, closed on Monday.
July 1 through November 30: open 5 days a week, closed on Monday and Tuesday.
December 1 through January 31: closed.

Call the manager at (334) 874-8804 to verify the schedule before making the trip.

Fishing: Bass fishing is good year-round, with the biggest usually caught in February, March and April. Bank and boat anglers catch bluegill and redear sunfish from late spring through summer. Catfish are caught year-round, but the summer months are best. Crappie fishing is best in February, March, October, and November. Fish attractors have been added to Dallas County Lake and are marked for easy identification. The rules of what may be kept are posted at each lake. Before fishing, check to see what types and sizes of fish may be kept.
Receive additional Dallas County Lake fishing tips by reading the Outdoor Alabama magazine article online PDF file.

Facilities: Clean public restrooms and concessions are available, including a wide variety of fishing tackle, live and artificial baits, and other fishing supplies, as well as drinks and refreshments. An accessible fishing pier makes it easy to reach deeper water without using a boat. Fish attractors have been added around the lake and many are marked with buoys. Boats are also available for rent; a launching ramp is available for anglers with their own boats. Boats may have an outboard motor attached, but anglers may not use the outboard motor, only the trolling motor.

Licenses, Permits and Boat Rental 

Normal Fishing License Requirements Apply to Anglers Age 16 or Older
or a Wildlife Heritage License Works
(Fishing licenses are not available at Dallas County Lake, but they may be purchased at other retailers, Probate offices, via Internet or over the telephone.)

 
Daily Fishing Permit Required in Addition to License for Angler Age 12 and Older $3.00
Boat Rental Permit (Daily fishing permit also required.) $5.00
Launch Permit for Personal Boat $3.00
Boat Package (Boat Rental, Battery, Paddle, PDF) (Fishing permit not included)  
   

Rental Equipment

 
Life Preserver (PFD) (Boater required to have own PFD or rent PFD.)  
Anchor  
Paddle  
   

BAIT

 
Worms (red worms, jumpers, night crawlers, wax worms and meal worms)  
Crickets (half tube - approximately 50)  
Crickets (full tube - approximately 100)  
Toughie Minnows (fathead minnows) (dozen)  
Chicken  

Regulations (partial list; complete regulations are available in the current regulation book and the "Alabama Game, Fish, and Wildlife Law Book"):

(1) Any person 12 years old or older must have a valid daily fishing permit in possession to fish. No child younger than 12 years old can legally be left unaccompanied by an adult.

(2) The daily creel, possession and size limits for each species are posted at the lake.

(3) Fishing is limited to daylight hours, or as specified by the lake manager.

(4) Swimming and wading are not allowed.

(5) Fish taken from the lake must be carried to the lake manager, who will count and weigh them.

(6) No method other than hook and line with natural or artificial bait may be used to take fish from a State Lake. Taking, or attempting to take, fish by any other means is not allowed, including but not limited to: snagging, snatching, trot lines, set hooks, limb lines, jug fishing, spear, or bow and arrow.

(7) Anyone launching a boat at a State Lake must have a valid launch permit and fishing permit.

(8) State fishing license requirements are in effect and fishing licenses may be purchased at State Public Fishing Lakes.

(9) A person fishing shall upon demand exhibit his catch, fishing permit, and fishing license to any Conservation Officer, concessionaire, or other agent or employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for inspection.

(10) No species of fish shall be stocked in the state-owned public fishing lakes. Live minnows used for bait shall be limited to goldfish minnows (Indiana minnows); golden shiners (shiners) and fathead minnows (toughies or tuffies) and no minnow, either dead or alive, shall be released from a minnow bucket or other method.

This information is subject to change without notice. Additional information and rules about the lakes are available from the lake manager, the Alabama Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471, or Matthew Marshall. The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries intensively manages the 23 state lakes totaling 1,912 acres.

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