Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will be drained and restocked this fall, weather permitting. The lake has been closed since April 2015, pending a renovation and restocking evaluation by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). While heavy rains delayed that process, WFF fisheries biologists have determined the lake can be drained with a siphon system and properly renovated and restocked.
 
When the renovation is complete, the lake will be stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and shellcracker in the spring of 2017. The lake will reopen in summer 2018 after the fish have grown and spawned.
 
Fayette County Public Fishing Lake was built in the 1940s. Over the years it was never drained or restocked. An overabundance of small bass gradually depleted bream populations, which decreased the amount of fish caught by anglers. Restocking the lake should alleviate this issue and produce a better fishery.
 
Fishing at Fayette County Public Fishing Lake can resume in about two and half years, but it will be well worth the wait for anglers. Typically, some of the best fishing occurs in ponds and lakes three to seven years after draining and restocking. Until then, anglers looking for a great place to fish still have Marion, Lamar, and Walker County public fishing lakes, each about an hour drive from Fayette. For more information, contact Keith Floyd at 256-353-2634 or Matthew Marshall at 334-242-3471.
 
WFF stocks and manages Alabama’s State Public Fishing Lakes for optimum fishing. The lakes are fertilized for maximum fish production, and fishing piers allow anglers to fish deeper water in a comfortable environment. Located throughout Alabama, a complete list of state lakes can be found in the fishing section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website, www.outdooralabama.com.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com. 
 
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