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Barbour County Public Fishing Lake

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BARBOUR COUNTY
STATE PUBLIC FISHING LAKE,
near Clayton, Alabama

Ray Windham
30 State Lake Road
Midway, AL 36053
(334) 775-1054

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Barbour County Lake is a 75-acre lake located 6 miles north of Clayton in Midway, Alabama.

Former Manager Philip Duke with a large bass.Directions:
From Clayton, take Alabama Hwy. 51 north for 1 mile, then right on County Road 49 for 5-1/2 miles to Barbour County Lake.
From Eufaula, take Highway 82 west for 17 miles, turn left onto County Road 49 for 6.7 miles to Barbour County Lake.

ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Barbour County Lake is normally open Sunrise to Sunset as follows:
February 1 -
November 30: open Thursdays through Tuesdays, closed Wednesday.
Dec 1 – Jan 31: The lake is open Thurdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Call the manager at (334) 367-8448 to verify the schedule before making the trip.

Fishing: Barbour County Lake was closed for over 18 months, but the new Lake Manager Ray Windham, with a lot of help from his son-in-law Michael Horn, has transformed this lake inot a show piece.  Fishing has been very good since the lake re-opened in March 2013, and customer satisfaction is evident in the way this lake quickly became one of the most visited state lakes in the program.
Bass are averaging about a pound each. Fishing is good year-round, with the biggest usually caught from February through April when they are near the bank. Anglers may harvest as many bass under 18 inches as they like, but only two bass larger than 18 inches may be kept.
Bluegill and redear sunfish are caught by bank and boat anglers from late spring through summer. Bream are more abundant this year, with over 2,700 harvest between October 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
Catfish are caught year-round, but the summer and late fall months are best. Additional catfish were stocked in the late fall of 2013.
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.

Ray Windham and Michael Horn on the Fishing Pier at Barbour County LakeFacilities: 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. Boats, electric motors, and batteries 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. Picnic tables are available.

A depth profile map of the lake is available.

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 Barbour 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 Anglers 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)  

BAIT

 
Worms (red worms)  
Crickets  
Liver  

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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