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Public Fishing Lakes

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State-owned public fishing lakes include all land and waters under the direct supervision of the Fisheries Section of the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division. The lakes are as follows:

Public Fishing Lake

Manager

Lake Phone #

Closed Days

Barbour

Ray Windham

(334) 775-1054

State-owned public fishing lakes are typically open six days a week from February 1 through June 30 each year. From July 1 until November 30, some lakes are only open five days a week. During the months of December and January, many lakes are closed or operate on a limited basis. Information and schedules may change without notice, so please call the Lake Manager or the appropriate Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries District Office for the current operating schedule.

Bibb

Cindy Holder

(205) 938-2318

Chambers

Ted and Mike Craig

(334) 864-8145

Clay

Gene Simmons

(256) 488-0038

Coffee

City of Elba, Ricky Mularz

(334) 447-2384

Crenshaw

City of Luverne, Lee Simmons

(334) 335-3103

Dale

Steve Sherrill

(334) 774-0588

Dallas

Anthony Fail

(334) 874-8804

DeKalb

Steven Simmons

(256) 657-1300

Escambia

Donna Moye

(251) 809-0068

Fayette

Closed for renovation

Geneva

Daniel Drake

(334) 684-0361

Lamar

Kathy Parker

(205) 695-8283

Lee

To Be Determined

Madison

Julie Parker

(256) 776-4905

Marion

Mickey Goggans

(205) 921-7856

Monroe

Tammy Ikner

(251) 789-2104

Pike

City of Troy, Bart Pettus

(334) 674-2480

Walker

Charlie Skalnik

(205) 221-1801

Washington

Francis Morgan

(251) 846-2512

At all State Owned Public Fishing Lakes, it is illegal to:

  • Stock fish, including minnows used as legal bait
  • Sell any fish that was caught from public fishing lakes
  • Use any minnow as bait except for goldfish, shiners or toughies (fatheads)
  • Operate gasoline outboard motors except where permitted
  • Camp (except where permitted), swim, wade or use sailboats
  • Launch any boat without a permit
  • Be unruly or disorderly
  • Solicit, sell or advertise
  • Remove shrubs, wildflowers, trees or plants
  • Deface or destroy state ­property
  • Exceed posted speed limits
  • Operate unlicensed vehicles such as ATVs
  • Hunt, trap, ­pursue, catch or sell any wild bird or wild animal
  • Fish without a permit if age 12 or older

Note

All anglers 12 years old and older must have a valid permit in possession to legally fish. No child younger than 12 years old can legally be left unaccompanied by an adult at a public fishing lake. All daily creel, possession and size limits are posted at each lake. Fishing time is limited to daylight hours or as specified by lake manager. No method other than hook and line with natural or artificial bait may be used at public fishing lakes. All anglers must exhibit their catch, fishing permit and fishing license to Conservation Officer or Lake Manager upon demand. All fish must be carried to the Lake Manager who must count and weigh them.

All state lakes are designated as wildlife sanctuaries. Following is a synopsis of ­regulations for state-owned public fishing lakes and is intended as a general guide. Please refer to the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division Regulation Book for complete regulations.