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Alabama's State Public Fishing Lakes

Date Published: January 8, 2001

Alabama's State Public Fishing Lakes

C. J. Turner

State Lakes Supervisor
Montgomery, Alabama

The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fish of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 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, including the newly renovated and reopened Monroe County Lake.

All lakes were originally stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish (shellcracker). Bass fishing is good year round. Bluegill and redear sunfish are abundant and easily caught by bank and boat anglers from late spring through early fall. Crappie are also present in several lakes, and are caught primarily in March, April and May.

Channel catfish are stocked annually at all sites, and are most easily caught from late spring through summer. Hybrid striped bass and rainbow trout are also stocked in designated lakes.

Anglers 12 years and older must purchase a $2.00 daily fishing permit. At Pike County Lake, fishing permits are $2.50, and anglers 65 and older may fish at no charge. At all lakes, boats may be rented for $3.00, or launched for $2.00. Fishing licenses, fish bait and other fishing gear may also be purchased at the lake.

Although some lakes are open year round, most lakes are in operation from the first of February through the end of November. The lakes operate from daylight until dark. The location of the lakes, the names of each lake's resident lake manager, and the managers’ telephone number are listed below:

Barbour County Public Fishing Lake

Judy Ingram

(334) 775-7123

Bibb County Public Fishing Lake

Edward Rains

(205) 938-2124

Chambers County Public Fishing Lake

Jeff Hadaway

(334) 864-8145

Clay County Public Fishing Lake

Gene Simmons

(256) 488-0038

Coffee County Public Fishing Lake

will re-open 2007

(334)

Crenshaw County Public Fishing Lake

Chione Armendarez

(334) 335-4374

Dale County Public Fishing Lake

Bill Brooks

(334) 774-0588

Dallas County Public Fishing Lake

Temporarily Closed

(334) 874-6066

DeKalb County Public Fishing Lake

Carl (Pete) Little

(256) 657-3000

Escambia County Public Fishing Lake

Clyde Chandler

(251) 809-0068

Fayette County Public Fishing Lake

Joyce Harkins

(205) 932-6548

Geneva County Public Fishing Lake

Dosha Peavey

(334) 684-9434

Lamar County Public Fishing Lake

Buster Parker

(205) 695-8283

Lee County Public Fishing Lake

Dwight Lake

(334) 749-1275

Madison County Public Fishing Lake

Allen Smallwood

(256) 776-4905

Marion County Public Fishing Lake

Mickey Goggans

(205) 921-7856

Monroe County Public Fishing Lake

Brenda Craft

(251) 789-2104

Pike County Public Fishing Lake

Ted Youngblood

(334) 484-9610

Walker County Public Fishing Lake

Casey Pate

(205) 221-1801

Washington County Public Fishing Lake

Kay Buie (Temporarily Closed)

(334) 846-2512

For more information on Alabama's public fishing lakes, contact the Alabama Fisheries Section by telephone at (334) 242-3471, by mail to Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, 64 North Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, or on the Web.


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