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Fishing Dates Announced for Forever Wild Field Trial Area in Hale County

Family fun at the FWFTA in 2016

The M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area (FWFTA) in Hale County will be open for youth fishing opportunities on several Wednesdays in upcoming months. The fishing will be available in two catfish and two bass ponds on the property for each date listed below. Fishing spots are limited and reservations are required. To register, call 334-624-9952 starting May 20, 2019. 

Reservations for the FWFTA youth fishing dates are only available to parents or adults who are at least 21 years old. Each adult that registers must be accompanied by at least one youth who is 15 years old or younger.

When reservations are made, each group will be assigned a pond along with details such as creel limits and what kind of tackle to bring. Ponds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to anglers, but anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 is required to have a fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at

Fishing will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • June 5
  • June 12
  • June 19
  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 17

The M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trail Area consists of 3,340 acres of pasture and a mixture of pine-hardwood forest. Historically, the property was a working cattle ranch and catfish farm. Today it is a nature preserve and recreation area with scheduled field trials and opportunities for hunting and fishing. For more information, visit…

If Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are needed, please contact Evan Lawrence at 334-353-7909 or Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled event.

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


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