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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout in AL lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Alabama provides surprisingly good opportunities for trout fishing, with its lakes and rivers offering a chance to catch various trout species. Rainbow trout and brown trout are the two primary trout species found in Alabama's waters, attracting anglers with their beauty and spirited fight.

The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify rainbow trout waters in the state. Rainbow trout, known for their vibrant colors and acrobatic leaps, can be found in several locations throughout the state. The Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River, located below Lewis Smith Lake Dam, is a popular trout fishing destination. It is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, providing anglers with the opportunity to reel in these prized fish. Additionally, the Little River Canyon National Preserve and the Tallapoosa River are known for their rainbow trout populations, offering serene settings for trout fishing.

Alabama's trout fishing state records showcase the potential for impressive catches. The state record for rainbow trout stands at over 9 pounds, caught in Mud Creek. This record demonstrates the size and quality of trout that can be caught in Alabama's waters.

When it comes to trout fishing techniques, anglers often rely on a variety of methods. Fly fishing with nymphs, streamers, or dry flies is a popular approach, especially in rivers and streams. Spin fishing with small spoons, spinners, or live bait can also be effective. Trout fishing is generally more productive in the cooler months, as trout thrive in cold water temperatures.

Anglers seeking a trout fishing adventure in Alabama should familiarize themselves with fishing regulations, including size and bag limits, to ensure responsible angling practices and the preservation of trout populations. Additionally, obtaining the necessary fishing licenses is essential.

With its scenic rivers and well-stocked lakes, Alabama offers a diverse and exciting trout fishing experience. Whether you're pursuing rainbow trout or brown trout, casting a fly or spinning a lure, the state's waters provide anglers with the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of trout fishing amidst stunning natural surroundings.

Trout Fishing Waters

Trout fishing in Alabama

Alabama offers limited trout fishing. The only major lake currently stocked with rainbow trout is Bankhead Lake. Other parks, ponds, small lakes and streams may contain stocked trout.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 1 oz

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Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Alabama State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from Mud Creek.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Visit the web site of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for information on trout stocking in Alabama.

Additional trout information

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Trout locations and info, by state.

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The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Alabama waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.