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Most State Public Fishing Lakes Now Open
February 1 marked the return of fishing season at 20 of Alabama’s 23 State Public Fishing Lakes. Commonly known as state lakes or county lakes, these waters are noted for their amenities and their quality fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie (in some lakes). Because these smaller lakes warm more quickly than larger reservoirs, early spring fishing can be excellent. Anglers may fish from the pier, bank, rental boat or personal boat. Barbour, Bibb, and Lee county lakes should re-open later this year. Call the numbers listed below for the most current operating times and days. More!

Chambers County Lake (183 acres)
Located 5 miles southeast of Lafayette on Chambers County Road 83. (334) 864-8145

Clay County Lake (3 lakes: 13, 23, and 38 acres) 
Located 1 mile west of Delta on Alabama Highway 47.  
(256) 488-0038. 

Coffee County Lake (80 acres)
Located 4 miles northwest of Elba off Coffee County Road 54.
(334) 897-6833

Crenshaw County Lake (53 acres)
Located 5 miles south of Luverne off US Highway 331.  
(334) 360-0974

Dale County Lake or Ed Lisenby Lake (92 acres)
Located 1 mile north of Roy Parker Road (Dale County Road 36) in Ozark.  (334) 774-0588 

Dallas County Lake (100 acres)
Located 11 miles south of Selma off Alabama Highway 41.
(334) 874-8804

DeKalb County Lake (120 acres)
Located 1 mile north of Sylvania off County Road 47.
(256) 657-1300

Escambia County Lake or Leon Brooks Hines Lake (184 acres)
Located in the Conecuh National Forest 23 miles east of Brewton.
(251) 809-0068

Fayette County Lake (60 acres)
Located 6 miles southeast of Fayette off County Road 26.  
(205) 932-6548

Geneva County Lake (two lakes: 33 and 32 acres)
Located 20 miles southwest of Enterprise off County Road 63.  
(334) 684-0202

Lamar County Lake (68 acres)
Located 8 miles west of Vernon on Alabama Highway 18, then 5 miles north off County Road 21.
(205) 695-8283

Madison County Lake (105 acres)
Located 11 miles east of Huntsville.  
(256) 776-4905 

Marion County Lake (37 acres)
Located 6 miles north of Guin off US Highway 43.  
(205) 921-7856 

Monroe County Lake (94 acres)
Located 5 miles west of Beatrice off County Road 50. 
(251) 789-2104 

Pike County Lake (45 acres)
Located 5 miles south of Troy off County Road 39. 
(334) 242-3471

Located 3 miles southeast of Jasper off old US Highway 78.
(205) 221-1801 

Washington County Lake or J. Emmett Wood Lake (84 acres)
Located 2 miles west of Millry off County Road 34.
(251) 846-2512.
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Fish Pond Crappie
Crappie are common to rivers, streams, and larger reservoirs, but did you know that some of Alabama’s State Public Fishing Lakes are stocked with them as well? Check out this July 2012 Outdoor Alabama article to learn more about one of the most popular sport fish in the state!

Alabama Bass Trail 
The Trail consists of 11 lakes that offer outstanding bass fishing in a variety of watersheds and fishing conditions. The lakes are Guntersville, Wheeler, Pickwick, Lewis Smith, Neely Henry, Logan Martin, Lay, Jordan, Eufaula, the Alabama River and the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.

My First Fish
Want to make your child's first fishing trip a memorable one? Print out their very own  “My First Fish" Certificate so they will always remember the fun of hooking the "big one!"

Are you a Master Angler?
Alabama Master and Trophy Angler Certifications are intended to honor individuals who catch large sportfish from Alabama’s public waters.  A detailed description of the rules and requirements can be found on the Master/Trophy Angler Application. More

Watchable Wildlife:
Fish in Alabama
Alabama has tremendous aquatic biodiversity diversity. In fact, the state is known to have the greatest number of freshwater species of mollusks and fish in the United States. Click here to learn more about the fish that call our waterways home.
Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
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2013 State Lakes Special Edition E-Newsletter