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Monroe County Public Fishing Lake

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MONROE COUNTY
STATE PUBLIC FISHING LAKE,
near Monroeville, Alabama

Brenda Craft, Manager
3596 County Road 50
Beatrice, AL 36425
(251) 789-2104

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Monroe County Lake is a 94-acre lake located 5 miles west of Beatrice off County Road 50. Some self-contained camping sites are available beginning Memorial Day; call 1-251-789-2104 for required reservations.

fine bream from Monroe County LakeDirections: From Monroeville take Alabama Hwy 21 north to Beatrice, then left on Alabama Hwy. 265 for 1/4-mile, then left on Robbins Street (Co. Rd. 50) for 3-1/2 miles to Monroe County Lake.
Ninety minutes from Montgomery, take I-65 south to exit 128 and go 17 miles on Hwy 10 to Awin and 20 miles south on Hwy 47 to Beatrice; right on Alabama Hwy. 265 for 1/4-mile, then left on Robbins Street for 3-1/2 miles to Monroe County Lake.

ALL INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Monroe County Lake is open sunrise to sunset as follows:
February 1 - June 30: Open 6 days a week; closed Monday.
July 1 - day before Thanksgiving Day: Open 5 days a week; closed Monday and Tuesday.
Thanksgiving Day - January 31: Closed.
But call the manager at (251) 789-2104 to verify the schedule before making the trip.

Fishing: Bass fishing good year-round, with the highest catch rates in late April through May. The biggest bass usually caught from February through April when bass are near the bank. Bluegill and redear sunfish (bream) are caught by bank and boat anglers from spring through summer. Channel 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: 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 pavilions are available; contact the lake manager. Some self-contained camping sites are available; call 1-251-789-2104 for required reservations.

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 Monroe 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
Boating Package (Trolling Motor, Battery, Paddle, PFD, anchor)
(Boat permit ($5) and Fishing permit ($3 each angler) not included)

 

   

Rental Equipment

 
Life Preserver (PFD) (Boater required to have own PFD or rent PFD.)  
Anchor  
Paddle  
 Trolling Motors  
Batteries  
   

BAIT

 
Cricket and Worms (red worms, pink worms, nightcrawlers, wigglers) varies

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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