Fishing the Patsaliga River, a.k.a. Patsaliga Creek
The Patsaliga River is a coastal stream in southeast Alabama that is a tributary of the Conecuh River at Point A Reservoir. Patsaliga River (also shown as Patsalia Creek) begins in Crenshaw County and joins the Conecuh in Covington County. The stream was declared navigable in 1844, which means the bottom of the stream is public land. The Alabama Legislature declared the Patsalisa is navigable from "its mouth where it intersects the Conecuh River to the fork of the Big and Little Patsaliga Rivers."
This coastal river is sandy, and downed trees may frequently block the passage of boats. One upstream launch site is the "Hayslette Bridge" area, off County Road 59 and just south of the Crenshaw County line. The bank is steep, but accessible, with a canoe, kayak or small jon boat. A day float can be made from there to the Covington County boat ramp off Lindsey Loop Road, which is upstream of Barnes Bridge Road. This boat ramp is at the lower end of Patsaliga River and also services Point A Reservoir. The bank is stable with cypress trees lining this arm of the reservoir.
Patsaliga fishing is fair for bream numbers, with some surprisingly large specimens. Bluegill and longear sunfish are the most common sunfish, but a wide variety of species are present. Spotted bass are also present.
Fishing license information may be found at: Licenses. Instant licensing is available via Internet or telephone. Youth age 15 and younger fish for free. Alabama residents age 65 or older are not required to purchase a fishing license.
Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: Creel Limits
US Geological Survey gives water discharge estimates and gage heights at Brantley.
For more information on the Patsaliga, contact Mr. Ken Weathers of the District IV Fisheries Office at 1-334-347-9467.
The Patsaliga River has a fish consumption advisory. 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 in "A-Z Contents" under "Fish Consumption Advisories."
"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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