Terrapin Creek Fishing
Terrapin Creek flows from the Talladega National Forest in Cleburne County through Calhoun and then into Cherokee County. It is an excellent float fishing stream in its lower reaches from County Road 8 bridge, ¾ of a mile west of Hwy 9 north of Piedmont, AL, to the County Road 71 bridge before the creek empties into the old Coosa River channel. This stretch can be broken up into several floats to include from County Road 8 down to the bridge at Hwy 9 at Ellisville (USGS water discharge near Ellisville). From Ellisville, it is a nice float down to the County Road 175 bridge to take out.
Terrapin Creek provides excellent fishing for spotted bass, largemouth bass, redeye bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, shadow bass, and an occasional striped bass. An ultra-light spinning rod and reel combo or a short fly rod is the appropriate fishing gear; and the lower end of the creek can be floated in a canoe, kayak, or flat bottom boat. More float fishing tips can be found in Dan Catchings' article entitled "Float Fishing."
The upper portion of Terrapin Creek provides excellent wade fishing opportunities, as the creek splits into the South Fork of Terrapin Creek and Little Terrapin Creek. Talladega National Forest contains numerous access sites to the creek. Maps of Talladega National Forest can be obtained from the USDA Forest Service and various outdoor stores. Be sure to wear wading shoes or waders equipped with felt soles, as the stream bottom is very rocky and can be slippery. Downstream of Talladega National Forest, the land on the bottom of the stream and land adjacent to the stream may be privately owned, and permission must be obtained from the landowner prior to crossing or wading these areas. Limited access can be obtained from county road bridge right-of-ways crossing the creek.
An article appeared in the Anniston Star about an assessment of the fish in the drainage.
Fishing license information may be found at: Licenses. Instant licensing is available via Internet (2% fee) or telephone 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee). Fishing licenses may also be purchased at local bait and tackle stores and county probate offices. 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
The US Geological Survey gives water discharge estimates and gage heights.
Video of the river can be found at one person's video of a race beginning at the three minute mark, www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlC2MzGMFqU.
Redneck Yacht Club Canoe and Kayak Rental or telephone 256-447-8690 or 256-504-8690 for more information and directions: 3112 County Road 59, Piedmont, Alabama.
Terrapin Outdoor Center: 4114 County Road 175, Piedmont, Alabama.
Terrapin Creek Lodge has a main lodge and five cabins, 918-607-4881 cell or 256-927-6175 at the lodge, 5196 AL Hwy 9 Sourth, Piedmont, AL.
The Fisheries Section's District II Supervisor can answer specific questions about Terrapin Creek by sending email to: email@example.com.
"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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