Madison County Public Fishing Lake will reopen on February 1, 2018, under the operation of new lake manager Chris Coultas. The lake had been temporarily closed during the transition of operations to the new lake manager. The 105-acre lake is located 11 miles east of Huntsville in Gurley, Ala.

Rainbow trout will be stocked and trout fishing will be available when Madison County Public Fishing Lake reopens. Trout anglers must have a $5 daily trout permit in addition to a valid fishing license.

The lake offers public restrooms, a covered fishing pier and boat ramp. Bait, fishing tackle and snacks may be purchased at the concession. In addition to a valid fishing license, a $3 daily fishing permit is required for anglers 12 years old and up. Boats may be rented for $5 and privately-owned boats may be launched for $3. State public fishing lake licenses are available for purchase at the lake.
For more information about Madison County Public Fishing Lake, call the lake manager at 256-776-4905; the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471; or visit  

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit