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Flint River in Madison County

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Fishing the Flint River in Madison County

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The Flint River originates in Tennessee and flows in a southerly direction through Madison County to the confluence with the Tennessee River. The Flint River has two major tributaries, Brier Fork which flows in from the northwest and Mountain Fork which flows in from the northeast. The Flint River is an excellent float fishing stream in its lower reaches. The river can be easily floated from Patterson Road, Walelia canoe landing to Hobbs Island Road, Chickasaw canoe landing. This section can be broken into several floats with access available at Brier Fork Bridge, Hwy. 72 (Flint River canoe trail Talado landing), Little Cove Road Crossing, Hwy. 431 crossing and Hobbs Island Road/Chickasaw landing. The lower section is an easy float with no difficult rapids to maneuver. The most difficult obstacles encountered will be blown down trees.

Smallmouth Bass from Flint River, 2013The Flint River provides excellent fishing for spotted bass, largemouth bass, the occasional smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, longear sunfish, channel catfish and bullheads. An ultra-light spinning rod and reel combo or a short fly rod is the appropriate fishing gear. The upper section from Patterson Road to Hwy. 431 is more appropriate for canoe; whereas the section below US Hwy. 431 can be floated with a flat bottom boat.

The upper section of the Flint River offers excellent wade fishing opportunities. The entire Flint River and Brier Fork has been determined or declared navigable waters, which means the bottom of the stream belongs to the State of Alabama. Water access can be obtained from county road bridge right-of-ways crossing the creek. A Madison County highway map can be useful for locating county road bridge crossings, which can be obtained from the district offices of the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Photograph by Erin Kerner
2013 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest
Nature-based Activities, Third Place
Fishing on the Flint River
Erin Kerner
New Market, AL

LINKS (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/

Paddlers on Flint RiverFlint River Conservation Association is a group that works to protect the Flint River in north Alabama and central Tennessee.

Stream flow at Chase, AL. 

Possible outfitters:
North Alabama Canoe and Kayak (NACK) for the upper portion of the Flint River, 256-529-0357.
Hampton Cove Kayak Adventures (HCKA) for the lower portion of the Flint River, 256-534-9000 or email Rodney Bodine.

The Fisheries Section's District I Office can answer specific questions about the Flint River by sending email to Keith.Floyd@dcnr.alabama.gov.

"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."

Flint River Kayakers by Brian Wilkes
Brian Wilkes sent us this picture of Flint River. The middle kayaker is battling a fish.

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