Fishing in Point A Reservoir
Point A Reservoir is a 600-acre reservoir located on the Conecuh River in central Covington County, Alabama. Point A Dam is owned and operated by Alabama Electric Cooperative. There are 2 public access areas available for Point A boaters. A small ramp is located on the west side of Covington County Road 59, and a larger ramp with a boat dock is located at the AEC Park on the east side of County Road 59. Picnic facilities and restrooms are also available at the park, as well as a recently opened handicap assessable fishing pier. A concrete pier is open to the public just below Point A Dam. Anglers often catch white bass, hybrid bass, and catfish from this tailwater fishery in the spring and early summer. Anglers can access this pier by parking at the gate and walking along the west side of the earthen section of Point A Dam. Andalusia is the closest city to Point A Reservoir, with numerous hotels and restaurants available. The Andalusia Chamber of Commerce can be contacted at 334- 222-2030.
Point A Reservoir was impounded in the 1920s mainly to supply electrical power to local sawmills. The reservoir is still operated for hydropower generation, as well as swimming, boating, and fishing. Due to the watershed characteristics, Point A Reservoir typically has a tannic brown water color and fairly low productivity. The lake is mainly fished by local anglers for bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. Fishing pressure is usually light to moderate. Anglers typically have good success for bass, redear sunfish, and crappie in the spring and fall, while bluegill and catfish typically bite well in the late spring and summer. Anglers also reported good catches of crappie at night fishing around lights during the summer of 2007. Point A Reservoir also has an abundant population of longnose gar, bowfin, and chain pickerel. Flathead catfish over 45 pounds have been harvested from Point A in the recent past. Flatheads prefer live prey, so most successful flathead anglers fish trotlines baited with shiners or other large bait fish in the upper end of Point A.
Point A Reservoir was lowered approximately in 22 feet October of 2005 by the Alabama Electric Cooperative for installing sensors in the back side of Gantt Dam. This nearly drained the 700-acre reservoir to the original river channel. Initially anglers harvested many fish as the lake was drawndown, but most anglers report that fishing success declined after several weeks of low water levels. After the lake refilled, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries stocked fingerling Florida largemouth bass, bream, channel catfish, and crappie.