Small ponds and lakes represent a significant portion of Alabama’s freshwater resources. Alabama has an estimated 50,000 ponds that cover approximately 150,000 acres. Most ponds that have been stocked with largemouth bass and bream (bluegill and redear sunfish) can provide excellent recreational opportunities when properly managed.
Ponds are also important for wildlife, livestock watering, irrigation, swimming, fire protection, and erosion control. Man-made ponds also alleviate the fishing pressure on our public streams and lakes. In many areas of the state, ponds are the only local source of fishing; therefore, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, is vitally interested in helping anglers manage their ponds. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System also has information about pond management and lists of pond consultants.