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Escambia County Public Fishing Lake

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near Brewton, Alabama

917 Barney Road, Wing, AL 36483
(334) 242-3471

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Locally known as Leon Brooks Hines Lake, Escambia County Lake is a 184 acre lake located in the Conecuh National Forest near the Florida border 23 miles east of Brewton off County 11 (Beaver Creek Road).

Directions: From Buddy Mitchell Bridge in Brewton take U.S. 29 Highway north for 9 miles then right on County Road 4 for 10 miles, then right on County Road 11 (Beaver Creek Road) for 1-1/2 miles then right on Parker Springs Road and left on Barney Road to Leon Brooks Hines Lake.
Angler Rest Area at Escambia County Lake, Alabama
This angler rest area on the banks of Hines Lake was provided by the Escambia County Commission (David Stokes, Chairman, and Raymond Wiggens, District 2 Commissioner)

Hines Lake is normally open 6:30 a.m. to Sunset as follows:
February 1 – June 30: open 6 days a week, closed on Monday.
July 1 - : 
The lake is reopening Friday, August 1, 2014 (Concessionaire).
Call the manager at (251) 809-0068 to verify the schedule before making the trip.

Karl Williamson with a fourteen-pound, ten-ounce largemouth bass from Escambia County LakeFishing: Bass fishing good year-round, with the biggest usually caught from February through April when they are near the bank.  Some very big largemouth bass have been taken from Escambia County Lake. Bluegill and redear sunfish are caught by bank and boat anglers from spring through summer.  The April/May 2010 In-Fisherman magazine listed this lake as a place to catch bluegill over two pounds. Catfish are caught year-round, but the summer months are best. 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.

Facilities: Facilities: 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. Fish attractors have been added around the lake. Boats 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 and grills are available. Thanks to the 2012 County Commission, anglers have a nice covered area to rest between big fish.

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 Escambia 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 Angler 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)


Rental Equipment

Life Preserver (PFD) (Boater required to have own PFD or rent PFD.)
Trolling Motor

BAIT, Tackle and Snacks

We sell a variety of worms, crickets, liver, shiners, fishing tackle and snacks.

Leon Brooks Hines Lake, a.k.a. Escambia County Lake

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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