The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division manages 23 public lakes in 20 counties throughout the State. These lakes range in size from 13 to 184 acres for a total of 1,912 surface acres. Each lake is intensively managed to provide quality fishing on a sustained basis. All lakes were originally stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill (bream), and redear sunfish (shellcracker). Channel catfish are stocked in every lake during the winter. White crappie and black crappie have become established in many lakes.  

A valid fishing license and daily fishing permit are required to fish these lakes. Anglers 12 years old and older must possess a valid daily fishing permit. State-owned public fishing lakes are typically open six days a week from February 1 through June 30 each year. From July 1 until November 30, some lakes are only open five days a week. During the months of December and January, a majority of  the lakes are closed or operate on a limited basis. Information and schedules may change without notice, so please call the Lake Manager or the appropriate Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries District Office for the current operating schedule. Click for license information.

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To view the maps, check State-Public Fishing Lakes, Lake Contours and Lake Depth under the Fishing option to the left of the interactive map. Then zoom in on the lake you would like to view. 

State Public Fishing Lakes:

Barbour County Lake 

Bibb County Lake

Chambers County Lake 

Clay County Lake

Coffee County Lake 

Crenshaw County Lake 

Dale County Lake (Ed Lisenby Lake)

Dallas County Lake

DeKalb County Lake

Escambia County Lake (Leon Brooks Hines)

Fayette County Lake Closed for renovation.

Geneva County Lake

Lamar County Lake

Lee County Lake

Madison County Lake 

Marion County Lake 

Monroe County Lake 

Pike County Lake  

Walker County Lake

Washington County Lake (J. Emmett Wood Lake) 

Additional information and rules each lakes is available from the lake manager, the Alabama Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471, or the State Lakes Supervisor, Matthew Marshall.


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