Springtime Fishin'

Photo Credit: Anna Bright, 2015 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest

Alabama boasts wonderful opportunity for anglers of all experience levels and interests. With more than 47,000 miles of perennial rivers and streams and 30,000 more miles of intermittent streams, Alabama has vast water resources that are home to the highest number of freshwater fish species in the United States. While it is crucial that we protect these valuable resources, we can also enjoy them!

With the arrival of spring’s warmer air, many of our game fish are moving from deeper water into shallow areas for the beginning of spawning season. This shift which begins happening in early spring creates great freshwater fishing opportunities across the state. Whether you have been fishing since you were old enough to hold a rod and reel or you’ve never wet a line, there is opportunity for you to enjoy fishing in Alabama.

To help you plan your next {or first} trip, here are opportunities available in Alabama State Parks. Whether you enjoy cork fishing from the bank, fly fishing in Little River, or launching your boat on one of the premier lakes along the Alabama Bass Trail, Alabama State Parks have a place for you. Not only do they provide access to great water resources for fishing, but they also provide great overnight accommodations!

North Alabama

If you are looking to plan a trip to the northern part of the state, check out the great fishing at Lake Guntersville State Park. Located right on Lake Guntersville, this park offers multiple boat ramps, boat rentals, and several piers.  Joe Wheeler State Park, located on Wheeler Lake, also features boat rentals from their marina along with several boat launches in or near the park. Both Joe Wheeler and Lake Guntersville have great overnight accommodations including lodge rooms, cabins, chalets/cottages, and great campsites. If you are interested in fly fishing, be sure to check out the opportunities in Little River at DeSoto State Park!

Central Alabama

For folks looking to find a favorite fishing spot in the middle of the state, look to Lake Lurleen and Oak Mountain State Parks for great fishing lakes. You can also enjoy fishing Lake Martin by way of Wind Creek State Park which features a marina offering boat and boat slip rentals, live bait, fishing licenses, and other supplies.

South Alabama

The southern part of the state also has plenty of fishing opportunities in state parks. Launch your boat into the well-stocked Lake Frank Jackson at Frank Jackson State Park. Lakepoint State Park offers great access to the beautiful Lake Eufaula and features a Marina for docking, purchasing supplies, boat rentals, and more. The Alabama River is a favorite fishing destination of many and can be accessed from Roland Cooper State Park, and the nearby Millers Ferry is famous for its large crappie. Meaher State Park is also a great destination for fishermen because of the opportunities available in the Mobile Delta, and the park offers a boat ramp on the Blakeley River.

This is just an overview of some of the fishing opportunities available in Alabama State Parks. Be sure to check out our fishing page with a summary table of boating and fishing in the parks. You can also explore the Freshwater Fishing web page provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to learn more about fishing in Alabama. Another resource provided by DCNR is this great PDF version of Basic Fishing.


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