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Coffeeville Reservoir

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Coffeeville Reservoir is an 8,500-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment located on the Tombigbee River. Coffeeville Reservoir extends 97 miles from Demopolis, Alabama, to the dam, which is located approximately 3 miles from the town of Coffeeville. Boating access is available along the reservoir operated by the Corps of Engineers, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division , U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private operators.

Coffeeville Reservoir is located within a 30-minute drive of hotels in Grove Hill and Jackson. The town of Coffeeville has several restaurants, service stations, and a grocery store. Demopolis and Butler provide angler access and similar amenities in the upper and middle portions of Coffeeville Reservoir. Bait and tackle are available at many of these locations. The Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge borders the lower portion of Coffeeville Lake, see map. The Corps of Engineers maintains Service Campground, which contains campsites, showers, laudromat, and boat ramp and sits adjacent to the Refuge and just upstream of the dam.
Fishing for largemouth bass is popular on this reservoir. Anglers typically are most successful in the areas off the main river channel in large, open creeks such as Turkey, Okatuppa, and Copper Salt. These creeks are full of fish holding structure such as stumps, blown down trees, and aquatic plants.

jigWhite crappie and black crappie fishing is best in some of the large, off-channel creeks found within the lower reservoir. Good crappie fishing is found in Okatuppa, Turkey, and Tallawampa creeks. Crappie catch rates in our fall 2006 sample were some of the highest in Alabama for that year. Good numbers of young fish are entering the fishery and, by now, should be of legal size. Live minnows and plastic grubs are the favorite baits for most crappie anglers.

Fishing for channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish is good in the tailwaters of the dam during May and June. Many anglers launch their boats at Service Campground Ramp; then pass through the lock at the dam to access the tailwaters below. Favorite baits include cut bait or whole threadfin shad drifted through the shoals. 

Other species of fish that are popular include bream and striped bass.

It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama because of the harm they could cause to other fish populations. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.

Link list (disclaimer):

Fishing license information may be found at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/license/. Instant licensing is available via the Internet (2% fee), via the telephone by calling 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee), or at 900 vendors and probate offices in Alabama. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free.

Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/

Bass fishing quality at the Coffeeville Lake is assessed from bass club tournament results here.
If you are a member of a bass club, please consider being a part of our Bass Angler Information Team. We use information from clubs to help better manage your lakes for fishing.

State fish management information and Alabama reservoir location, size and elevation are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/

Fishing, boating and camping information for Coffeeville Lake is available from the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) at www.sam.usace.army.mil/. Service Park is a modern campground with 32 sites. Seven COE day use only areas surround Coffeeville Lake.

For bass fishing reports search under Coffeeville Lake at www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/alabama/.
USGS tailwater stage, pool stage and other data: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/al/hydro.html

Accommodations are also found southeast of the Coffeeville dam in Jackson and Grove Hill. For the upper end, see Demopolis.

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.

The Fisheries Section’s District V Supervisor can answer specific questions about Coffeeville Lake by sending email to Dave Armstrong.

Prepared by: Fisheries Section, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This site is presented for information only the Fisheries Section cannot be responsible for the quality of information or services offered through linked sites, disclaimer. To have your site included, send your URL, email address, or telephone number to the Fisheries Web Master, Doug.Darr@dcnr.alabama.gov. The Fisheries Section reserves the right to select sites based on relevant and appropriate content, of interest to our viewers. This site is here and was last updated on 11/19/2012. If you discover errors in the content or links of this page, please contact Doug Darr. Thank you.

 

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