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Geneva County Public Fishing Lake

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GENEVA COUNTY STATE PUBLIC FISHING LAKE,
near Enterprise, Alabama

Daniel Drake
2308 Co. Rd. 63
Coffee Springs, AL 36318
(334) 360-5906

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Geneva County Lake is two lakes with a total of 65 acres. Geneva County Lake is located 15 miles northwest of the City of Geneva or 20 miles southwest of Enterprise in Coffee Springs, Alabama.

Upper Geneva County Lake is a 33 acre lake managed intensively for bass, bream, and channel catfish. This lake drains into Lower Geneva County Lake, which is a 35 acre lake.

The upper lake is open for fishing any day that fishing is allowed at Geneva County Lake. Anglers 12 years old and older are required to purchase a daily fishing permit for $3, and this permit allows them to harvest up to 10 bass, 20 bream, 30 crappie, and/or 6 catfish. From the 1st of April until the new catfish are stocked in mid-December, the lower lake is open Fridays through Sundays. When this lake is open anglers can fish either the upper or the lower lake with their daily fishing permit, but the harvest limits are still enforced. Anglers can purchase a “catfish only” permit for an additional $3 which will allow them to harvest up to 6 additional catfish. An angler that purchased both permits could potentially harvest 10 bass, 20 bream, 30 crappie, and 12 catfish from either lake in one day. The lower lake is stocked each winter with 7,000 catfish 9 to 16 inches in length. Two angler piers are available, as well as a boat ramp and many bank fishing areas.

Directions: From the City of Geneva, take Highway 27 north for approximately 9 miles; turn left (west) on County Road 40 and go straight for approximately 4.5 miles (County Road 40 turns to the left but County Road 64 goes straight through Coffee Springs to Geneva County Lake Road).  Geneva County Lake Road (County Road 63) will be on the left.
From Enterprise, From Alabama Highway 27 south for approximately 15 miles, then right on County Road 40 through Coffee Springs for 4.5 miles.  County Road 40 turns into County Road 64.  Geneva Lake will be on the left.

ALL INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Lake is open Sunrise to Sunset as follows:

From February 1 - July 31: Geneva County Lake is open everyday except Wednesday.
From August 1 - November 30: Geneval County Lake is open everyday except Wednesday and Thursday.
From December 1 - January 31: the lake is closed.
Call the manager at (334) 360-5906 to verify the schedule before making the trip.

Fishing: Bass fishing good year-round, with the biggest usually caught from January through April when they are near the bank. Bluegill and redear sunfish are caught by bank and boat anglers from early spring through summer. Catfish are caught year-round, but the summer months are best. Crappie fishing is best in January - February and April. 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. Boats 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. We also carry bows and crossbows, hunting supplies and we have a pro shop to string bows and crossbows, alignment, and other work to be performed on bows and crossbows.

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 Geneva 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.)  
Anchor  
Paddle  

BAIT

 
Worms (red worms, jumpers, night crawlers, wax worms and meal worms)  
Crickets (half tube - approximately 50)  
Crickets (full tube - approximately 100)  
Chicken 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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