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Alabama Fishing

All about fishing in the Yellowhammer State

Tuscaloosa Lake, Alabama

The state of Alabama offers a variety of fishing including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. There are plenty of bass, crappie, walleye, catfish and sunfish. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers, alligator gar, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, paddlefish, sauger and spotted gar in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Alabama Lakes

Alabama major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Alabama, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Alabama, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Alabama Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Dannelly Reservoir is the 35,000-acre body of water behind the Millers Ferry Lock & Dam on the Alabama River in Central Alabama.

Lake Eufaula is a 45,000-acre lake located on the Chattahoochee River in the southeast corner of Alabama on the border of Alabama and Georgia.

Guntersville Lake is a 68,000-acre lake located on the Tennessee River in the northeast corner of Alabama.

Lake Harding, aka Bartlett’s Ferry Reservoir is a 5,800-acre lake located on the Chattahoochee River just north of Columbus, Georgia. It is on the eastern border splitting the state line of Georgia and Alabama just below the vertical middle of the state.

Lake Jordan is a 6,800-acre impoundment located 25 miles north of Montgomery in central Alabama on the Coosa River.

Lay Lake is a 12,000-acre lake located 30 miles south of Birmingham in east-central Alabama.

Logan Martin Lake is a 15,000-acre lake located in east-central Alabama on the Coosa River,30 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama.

Lake Martin is a 40,000-acre lake located directly south of Alexander City in Central Alabama on the Talapoosa River.

Lake Mitchell is a 5,900-acre lake located 10 miles east of Clanton in central Alabama on the Coosa River.

Lake Neely Henry is an 11,000-acre lake located on the Coosa River in the northeast of the state directly south of Gadsden, Alabama.

Pickwick Lake is a 43,000-acre reservoir located in the extreme northwest corner Alabama on the Tennessee River.

Smith Lake is a 21,000-acre lake located in north-central Alabama on the Black Warrior River, about an hour north of Birmingham.

Lake Tuscaloosa is a 5,900-acre reservoir located 5 miles north of Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama on the Black Warrior River.

Lake Wedowee (Lake Harris) is a 10,000-acre lake located in east-northeast Alabama on the upper Tallapoosa Riverwest of Wedowee, Alabama.

Lake Weiss is a 30,000-acre lake located in northeast Alabama on the Alabama and Georgia border on the Coosa River.

West Point Lake is a 26,000-acre lake located on the Chattahoochee River, along the Georgia - Alabama border at the vertical mid-point of the state. Most of the lake is actually located in Georgia.

Wheeler Lake is a 67,000-acre reservoir located in north-central Alabama at Decatur, AL on the Tennessee River.

Wilson Lake is a 15,000-acre lake located in north-northeastern Alabama just south of Florence, Alabama on the Tennessee River.

Woodruff Lake also known as Jones Bluff Reservoir is a 35,000-acre lake located in central Alabama on the Alabama River between Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

Yates Lake is a 2,000-acre lake located in east-central Alabama on the Tallapoosa River about 30 minutes northeast of Montgomery, Alabama.

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An eagle watches for fish.

For fishing regulations and information about fishing in Alabama, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website. Click here for an Alabama Fishing Licence.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Alabama and other boating information.

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Alabama Fishing Guides

We are looking for information on local guides who offer services within Alabama. You can find a listing of AL fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in Alabama or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

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Fish for big bass in Alabama

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, shoal and redeye bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in many lakes and ponds in Alabama.

Fish Species in Alabama

Fishing for bass in Alabama

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

AL State Record: 16 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

AL State Record: 10 lbs 8 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

AL State Record: 8 lbs 15 oz

Shoal Bass

Shoal bass

World record: 7 lbs 8 oz

AL State Record: 6 lbs 11 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

AL State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for catfish in Alabama

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

AL State Record: 80 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 120 lbs 4 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 10 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for crappie in Alabama

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 4 lbs 5 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

AL State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for walleye in Alabama

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for trout in Alabama

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

AL State Record: 9 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for panfish in Alabama

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

AL State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

AL State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

AL State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

AL State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

AL State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

AL State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

AL State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

AL State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

AL State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Alabama

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

AL State Record: 69 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for other species in Alabama

Alligator Gar

Alligator gar

World record: 279 lbs

AL State Record: 151 lbs 9 oz

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

AL State Record: 18 lbs 6 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

AL State Record: 6 lbs 6 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

AL State Record: 32 lbs 14 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

AL State Record: 19 lbs 8 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

AL State Record: 52 lbs 12 oz
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Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

AL State Record: 5 lbs 2 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

AL State Record: 8 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.