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Millers Ferry

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Fish and Fishing in Millers Ferry Reservoir
(William "Bill" Dannelly Lake)

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Millers Ferry is a 17,200-acre reservoir on the Alabama River impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1969. The official name of this impoundment is William (Bill) Dannelly Reservoir; however, it is better known locally as "Millers Ferry." Numerous public access areas service the reservoir. Camping facilities are available at Corps of Engineers public use areas at East Bank, Six Mile, and Chilatchee Creek. Roland Cooper State Park offers camping, cabins, and a golf course. Lodging, restaurants and tackle are available nearby in Camden.

Millers Ferry Reservoir is a regionally important reservoir in southwest Alabama that provides excellent fishing opportunities. Both largemouth bass and spotted bass are considered excellent in this reservoir. This reservoir consistently produces bass of three pounds or larger. This is due in part to high fertility and a relatively stable threadfin shad population. The largemouth bass are found primarily in the backwater areas such as Alligator Slough, Houseboat Slough, Pine Barren Cree, Gee's Bend and Foster Creek. While spotted bass are found more commonly in the main river areas, look for deep points and bluff walls for good places for spotted bass angling.

The Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association (ASABFA) has announced the selection of Millers Ferry, the William (Bill) Dannelly Reservoir, on the Alabama River as the site of the organization’s 2012 State Championship Tournament May 5, 2012. They will lauch out of the Roland Cooper State Park boat ramp.

Millers Ferry Powerhouse as it begins releasing waterBoth white crappie and black crappie are perhaps Millers Ferry Reservoirs's best kept secret. Angler catch rates are generally highest in late winter and early spring.  At this time, crappie are concentrated around cover in creeks such as: Foster Creek, Pine Barren Creek, Chilatchee Creek, Alligator Creek, and Bogue Chitto Creek.

Channel catfish and blue catfish are frequently targeted by local anglers, and blue catfish over thirty pounds are not uncommon. Late winter is an excellent time to catch large blues in the tailwaters below the Millers Ferry Dam. The tailwater also produces good fishing in the spring for striped bass.

It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.

Link list (disclaimer):

Fishing license information may be found at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/license/. Instant licensing is available via the Internet (2% fee), via the telephone by calling 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee), or at 900 vendors and probate offices in Alabama. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free.
Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/

Bass fishing quality at the Millers Ferry Lake is assessed from bass club tournament results at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/quality/. If you are a member of a bass club, please consider being a part of our Bass Angler Information Team. We use information from clubs to help better manage your lakes for fishing.

State fish management information and Alabama reservoir location, size and elevation are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/

Fishing, boating and camping information for Dannelly Reservoir (Millers Ferry Lake) is available from the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=K511220. COE camp sites and boat ramps are listed there, including Six Mile Creek Park, Chilatchee Creek, and East Bank.

Along with fishing, Roland Cooper State Park has a golf course, cottages, and campground: www.alapark.com/parks/park.cfm?parkid=20.

Additional information for the lower end is available from the Wilcox Development Council at www.wilcoxareachamber.org/ and for the upper end at the City of Selma site.

For bass fishing reports search under Millers Ferry and Dannelly at www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/alabama/.

Additional general information is found at www.wilcoxareachamber.org/outdoors.htm under the "Roland Cooper State Park" and "William 'Bill' Dannelly Reservoir" listing at al.com/parks/central.html

Millers Ferry Marina may be reached at 1-334-682-9262.
In Selma, the Selma Marina is operated by Lee Bender and his phone number is 1-334-874-2173.
Max and Renae Tezanos operate Beech Creek Marina and may be contacted at 1-334-875-5222.

Current water levels may be found for Selma at: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/al/hydro.html

Most of Millers Ferry does not have a fish consumption advisory, but a portion of Six Mile/Four Mile Creek does. have consumption advisories.  Information on the consumption advisory may be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site, www.adph.org. Consumption advisory information is found under "A-Z Contents" by looking for "Fish Consumption Advisories." 

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 Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division 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.

The Fisheries Section’s District V Supervisor can answer specific questions about Millers Ferry Lake by sending email to Dave Armstrong.


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