Big Creek Lake or Converse Reservoir, Mobile Co.
Fish and Fishing for Big Creek Reservoir
Big Creek Lake, also called Converse Reservoir, is a 3,600-acre reservoir in west Mobile County which serves as the public water supply for the Mobile metropolitan area. This reservoir was formed by impounding Big Creek, which flows into the Escatawpa River drainage.
Bass and crappie fishing have been reported to be the best in recent years especially during the spring, following a drought in 2007. During the spring, bass are easily caught from the shallow grass beds on soft plastics, spinner baits, and top water baits and crappie are caught off the woody debris with live minnows or jigs. This lake has become more popular to bass anglers as tournament activity has increased in recent years.
Fox Landing which is located at the end of Howell’s Ferry Road is the only boating access point for Big Creek Lake; a launch fee is required. Botters Bait Farm, (251) 649-8140, on Wulff Road, is the closest live bait vendor to the lake. Bank fishing access is available at Fox Landing and at the US Hwy 98 Bridge. Bank fishing is not allowed on the dam or spillway areas. Despite limited access, this lake offers angling opportunities for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.
Maps of Big Creek Lake are available at Keith’s Map Service on Schillinger Rd. in Mobile. For more information on Big Creek Lake, please see Mobile Area Water and Sewer System or contact the District V Fisheries Office at (251) 626-5153.
It is illegal to possess blueback herring in Alabama. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.
A fish consumption advisory has been issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health for Big Creek Reservoir in Mobile County. Consult with the Alabama Department of Public Health for specific information before consuming fish from Big Creek Reservoir. State regulation prohibits commercial fishing on Big Creek Reservoir because of this advisory.
The Fisheries Section’s District V Supervisor can answer specific questions about the Big Creek Lake by calling the District V Fisheries Office at (251) 626-5153 or sending email to Dave Armstrong.
"It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing."
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