Fish and Fishing the Middle Tallapoosa River between Harris Lake and Lake Martin, Alabama
Controlled by hydroelectric releases, the Tallapoosa River has a riverine section below Harris Reservoir and above Lake Martin.
This section includes Horseshoe Bend National Park, where “in the spring of 1814, General Andrew Jackson and an army of 3,300 men attacked 1,000 Upper Creek warriors on the Tallapoosa River. Over 800 Upper Creeks died defending their homeland. Never before or since in the history of our country have so many American Indians lost their lives in a single battle. This 2,040-acre park preserves the site of the battle,” according to the National Park Service Web site.
This section of the Tallapoosa River contains more and larger catfish than the section above Harris Lake. Fishing below Irwin Shoals can be excellent in March and early April for white bass and striped bass. The river is home to redeye bass, spotted bass, and largemouth bass, as well as bluegill and redbreast sunfish. You can also catch catfish, both channel catfish and flathead catfish.
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/
Tallapoosa Wilds, LLC
Located off Highway 77 in Wadley, AL providing canoe and kayak rentals with shuttle service offering 3 to 6 hour trips on the beautiful Tallapoosa River. Also provide 2 mile tube floats (typically a 4 hour float) with shuttle service to the put in point upstream from the facility. Open from dawn to dusk all year with rentals in the off season by appointment only.
Proprietors are Marty Schwartz and Gene Jenkins of Wadley, AL.
Tallapoosa Wilds, LLC
PO Box 407
48457 Hwy 22
Wadley, AL 36276
Alabama Travel Council: www.alabamatravel.org; Alabama Tourism www.alabama.travel
Much of the middle Tallapoosa River runs through private property. The river bottom itself is public; but camping or any type of tresspass on private property is not legal.
More information on the Tallapoosa River: www.riversofalabama.org/Tallapoosa/TALLAPOOSA.htm
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 Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries 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 II Supervisor can answer specific questions about the Moddle Tallapoosa River at Dan.Catchings@dcnr.alabama.gov.
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