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Pike County Public Fishing Lake

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PIKE COUNTY
STATE PUBLIC FISHING LAKE,
near Troy, Alabama
173 County Road 68
Troy, AL 36079
(334) 347-9467
Closed until Summer 2016

Pike County Lake was drained during 2013 and is currently going through an extensive improvement operation. The partnership between the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and the City of Troy has made it posible to do many improvements that have been needed for a long time. 

The dam will be cleared and graded with a parking area constructed on the north side of the dam. A new valve system and emergency overflow system will be constructed.  A new concessions building is being installed. Bank fishing areas will be improved, and the fishing pier will be refurbished.  While the lake will be re-stocked and opened back up to public fishing, the city also has plans for developing extensive hiking and biking trails, playground areas, and many other outdoor-related attractions.  See News Release

Anyone with questions about the management of the fish population in Pike County Lake can contact the District IV Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Office by calling 334-347-9467.

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Pike County Lake is a 45 acre lake located 5 miles south of Troy off County Road 39 in Troy, Alabama.

Ryan Cole with a ten-pound, 4-ounce bassDirections: From Troy (at U.S. Highway 231) take Alabama Hwy 87 south for 2-3/4 miles, then right on County Road 39 for 1-3/4 miles then left to Pike County Lake.

Pike County Lake is closed and will reopen during the summer of 2015 under the management of the City of Troy.

Fishing: Bass fishing good year-round, with the biggest usually caught from February through April when they are near the bank. Bluegill and redear sunfish (bream) are caught by bank and boat anglers from spring through summer. Catfish are caught year-round, but the summer months are best. Crappie fishing is best in February through April. The rules of what may be kept are posted at each lake. Before fishing, check to see what types and sizes of fish may be kept.

Facilities: Picnic areas with grills. A handicap accessible fishing pier makes it easy to reach deeper water without using a boat. Fish attractors have been added around the lake. A launching ramp is available for anglers with their own boats. Boats may have an outboard motor attached, but anglers may not use the outboard motor, only the trolling motor.

Pike County Lake is managed differently from our other state public fishing lakes:
(1) A daily fishing permit is NOT required to fish at Pike County Lake.
(2) Private boats may be launched at no charge.
(3) There are no concessions, rental boats, or public restrooms.
(4) Pike County Lake is open daylight until dark, seven days each week.
(5) Posted creel limits apply.
(6) State fishing license requirements apply. (Fishing licenses are not available at Pike County Lake, but they may be purchased at other retailers, Probate offices, via Internet or over the telephone.)

Regulations (partial list; complete regulations are available in the current regulation book and the "Alabama Game, Fish, and Wildlife Law Book"):

(1) The daily creel, possession and size limits for each species are posted at the lake.

(2) Swimming and wading are not allowed.

(3) No method other than hook and line with natural or artificial bait may be used to take fish from a State Lake. Taking, or attempting to take, fish by any other means is not allowed, including but not limited to: snagging, snatching, trot lines, set hooks, limb lines, jug fishing, spear, or bow and arrow.

(4) State fishing license requirements are in effect.

(5) A person fishing shall upon demand exhibit his catch, fishing permit, and fishing license to any Conservation Officer or other agent or employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for inspection.

(6) No species of fish shall be stocked in the state-owned public fishing lakes. Live minnows used for bait shall be limited to goldfish minnows (Indiana minnows); golden shiners (shiners) and fathead minnows (toughies or tuffies) and no minnow, either dead or alive, shall be released from a minnow bucket or other method.

This information is subject to change without notice. Additional information and rules about the lakes are available from the lake manager, the Alabama Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471, or Matthew Marshall. The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries intensively manages the 23 state lakes totaling 1,912 acres.

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