Fish and Fishing in Cypress Creek, Lauderdale County
Cypress Creek originates in Tennessee and meanders in a southerly direction through Lauderdale County before reaching the Tennessee River. Cypress Creek is typical of streams that occur on the north bank of the Tennessee River. These streams are characterized by excellent water quality, a substrate of sand and gravel and sustained flows year round. Due to the excellent water quality and flow, Cypress Creek supports a very diverse and unique fish fauna.
The upper section of Cypress Creek from County Road 10 to County Road 16 provides superb wade fishing. The land on the bottom of the stream and land adjacent to the stream may be privately owned, and permission must be obtained from the landowner prior to crossing or wading these areas. Limited access can be obtained from county road bridge right-of-ways crossing the creek.
The upper section of Cypress Creek provides excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass, bluegill and longear sunfish. All that is needed is an ultra-light spinning rod and reel combo or a light fly rod for an afternoon of easy fishing.
The lower section of Cypress Creek can be easily floated by canoe. The best section for floating is from County Road 16 near Mansion View Estates to the take out at Wildwood Park on Waterloo Road. The canoe launch at Wildwood Park is a concrete slope constructed by the Florence Water Department in 2006-2007. The park closes at dark.
This middle section is a fairly easy float, but it is 8-9 miles. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass, bluegill, longear sunfish and catfish live in this section. Ultra-light tackle is the appropriate fishing gear for this section. Small crank baits, spinners or live bait is all that is needed for a day or afternoon of relaxing fishing.
The lowest section of Cypress Creek has a dam that can be dangerous. This dam is 5,000 feet downstream of Cox Creek Parkway. Boating, swimmjng and wading within 100 feet of the dam is dangerous and prohibited. A portage trail on the west side (right going downstream) of the creek allows safe passage around the dam. The gravel trail begins approximately 300 feet upstream of the dam.
Cypress Creek is important to the ichthyofauna (fish species) for Alabama. It is the only know location for the crown darter. The last record of the popeye shiner in Alabama was from Cypress Creek. Cypress Creek is the type locality and also an important stronghold for the slackwater darter.
For more information on Cypress Creek, please contact the District I Fisheries Office.