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Logan Martin Lake

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Logan Martin Reservoir is located in east-central Alabama on the Coosa River, approximately 30 miles east of Birmingham (the lake borders St. Clair and Talladega counties). The reservoir extends 48.5 miles from the dam upstream to Neely Henry dam and contains 15,263 acres.

Largemouth bass and spotted bass are the main draw for anglers. Largemouth bass growth has been excellent. Largemouth bass are abundant and well represented in the 12-18 inch range. Spotted bass are also abundant with many spots in the 14-21 inch range, representing some of the best values in the state. In fact the spotted bass numbers in the 17-20 inch range equaled the highest value ever recorded from the lake. Spotted bass growth has been good to excellent, and their condition is outstanding. Bass club tournament results indicated Logan Martin was fourth in the state when evaluating catch data for 2009. Logan Martin rated first in percent success and third in bass caught per angler day.  Bass club tournament data for Logan Martin can be found at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/quality/.

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Recent collections of crappie revealed adequate numbers of black crappie in the 9 to 12 inch range.  The best times to crappie fish are generally early spring and fall.  Live minnows, or small jigs (1/32 - 1/16 ounce) topped off with 1" - 1.5" curltail grubs, tubes, and minnow imitation soft plastics are favorite baits to target crappie.  Logan Martin Lake has a 9-inch minimum length limit on crappie.

Neely Henry Dam from Logan MartinWhite, hybrid and  striped bass make annual spring runs upriver and have created quite a fishery at the headwaters (below Neely Henry dam). Fishing starts to pick up in March and can continue through the summer for stripes and hybrids when the power company releases water to generate electricity. 

Stripes and hybrids can also be found in spring fed creeks and cold-water springs located throughout the lake during summer months. Some of the better creeks for striper fishing are Ohatchee and Choccolocco Creeks. The striped bass fishery fluctuates depending upon 1) reproduction and migration of striped bass down the Coosa from Weiss Reservoir and 2) stocking success into Logan Martin. Striped bass and hybrid striped bass will continue to be stocked at three to five fish per acre each year.

Alabama Power Company has improved fishing by providing habitat in this lake. Coordinates of these habitat improvements are available as an Excel spreadsheet or a GPS download from www.alabamapower.com/community/lakes/fishing-information.asp.

It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. 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 Logan Martin Lake is assessed from bass club tournament results at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/quality.
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.

Additional information about the local area around Logan Martin Lake is available at: www.loganmartin.info/. Talladega and Childersburg are nearby. Accommodations include www.Treasureislandbedandbreakfast.com and Ron Jones at 205-862-5675.  Logan Landing RV Resort and Campgroud 1-888-Logans-1 or Logan Landing RV Resort & Campground, 1036 Paul Bear Bryant Road, Alpine.

Information about the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association can be found at: www.lmlpa.org

Bass fishing reports for Lake Logan Martin may be available at: www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/alabama/.
Current water levels may be found for Logan Dam at: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/al/hydro.html

Contact the following fishing guides:
Capt. Chris Jackson, chris@chrisjacksonfishing.com, 205-706-2425, chrisjacksonfishing.com
Reed Montgomery, www.fishingalabama.com/ 1-205-663-1504, ALABASSGYD@aol.com
C & B North Alabama Guide Service at www.angelfire.com/al2/fishingguideservice/ - Charlie Slaton at 256-593-7249 or 256-572-6217 and Bobby Bright at 256-593-7830 or 256-738-4293
Chris Stephenson (ChrisStephensonOutdoors@hotmail.com) 850-693-0900 specializing in spotted bass, striped bass and hybrids (wipers).

Read an article about Striped Bass of the Coosa River System by Steve Smith.

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.

Logan Martin Lake and Choccolocco Creek have consumption advisories.  Information on the consumption advisory may be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site, www.adph.org. Consumption advisory information is found under "A-Z Contents" by looking for "Fish Consumption Advisories."  The use of commercial fishing gear is prohibited in waters where a consumption advisory has been issued for a commercial or non-game fish species.

The Fisheries Section's District II Supervisor can answer specific questions about Logan Martin Lake by sending mail to: dan.catchings@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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