State Lands Division Announces Two Days of Free Public Fishing at State Cattle Ranch

The Forever Wild State Cattle Ranch Field Trial Area near Greensboro in Hale County will host two days of free fishing on Saturday May 8, and Saturday June 12, 2010.  The State Lands Division will open four catfish ponds to public fishing on those days, which can be accessed from County Road 35 west of Highway 69 off County Road 16; south of Greensboro, north of Highway 80, and east of Uniontown. Fishing will begin at 6 a.m. and the gate will be closed at 3 p.m. A valid state fishing license is required for Alabama residents ages 16-64, and for non-residents ages 16 and up.
The Forever Wild State Cattle Ranch Field Trial Area is a 4,328-acre nature preserve and recreation area formerly owned by the Alabama Department of Corrections. The Forever Wild Land Trust purchased the ranch in 2008 and since then has been restoring the pasture with native grasses and offering some of the ponds for public fishing. Recently the State Cattle Ranch was opened to organized field trials for retriever and pointing dogs.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit