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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


Lake Phone #

Closed Days

Barbour County Lake

Ray Windham

(334) 367-8448

Feb. 1 – June 30; July 1 – Nov. 30

Bibb County Lake

Cindy Holder

(205) 938-2318

Mondays; Feb. 1 – Nov. 30

Chambers County Lake

Kenneth Holt

(334) 864-8145

Tuesdays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Tues. & Wed.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Clay County Lake

Gene Simmons

(256) 488-0038

Thursdays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Wed. & Thurs.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Coffee County Lake

City of Elba

(334) 897-6833

Monday & Tuesdays;
Jan. 1 – weekend after Thanksgiving

Crenshaw County Lake

Thomas Lewis

(334) 360-0974

Tuesdays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Mon. & Tues.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Dale County Lake

Keith Stinson

(334) 774-0588

Wednesdays; Feb 1 – Dec 1

Dallas County Lake

Patricia Rudolph

(334) 874-8804

Mondays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Mon. & Tues.; July 1 – Nov. 30

DeKalb County Lake

Lee Biddle

(256) 657-1300

Wednesdays; Feb. 1 – July 3

Tues. & Wed.; July 4th – Nov. 30

Escambia County Lake

John Sansom

(251) 809-0068

Mondays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Mon. & Tues.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Fayette County Lake

Joyce Harkins

(205) 932-6548

Mondays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Mon. & Tues.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Geneva County Lake



Temporarily Closed

Lamar County Lake

Kathy Parker

(205) 695-8283

Tuesdays; Feb. 1 – Nov. 30

Lee County Lake

Dwight Lake

(334) 750-0546

Mondays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Mon. & Tues.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Madison County Lake

Allen Smallwood

(256) 776-4905

Wednesday; Feb. 1 – Thanksgiving

Marion County Lake

Mickey Goggans

(205) 921-7856

Wednesdays; Feb. 1 – June 30 Tues. & Wed.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Monroe County Lake

Brenda Craft

(251) 789-2104

Mondays; Feb. 1 – June 30

Mon. & Tues.; July 1 – Thanksgiving

Pike County Lake

Temporarily Closed Due to Renovations

Walker County Lake

Judy Ingram

(205) 221-1801

Wednesday; Feb. 1 – June 30

Tues. & Wed.; July 1 – Nov. 30

Washington County Lake



Temporarily Closed

It is ILLEGAL to

  • Stock fish into public fishing lakes, including minnows used as legal bait
  • Sell fish 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 animals
  • Fish without a permit if age 12 or older


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 Regulation Book for complete regulations.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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