Lake Purdy Clean Up Day
November 13 1PM to 4 PM

It’s OUR water. We drink it. We are nourished by it. It takes care of us.

Now, it’s our turn to give back to the water. On November 13th from 1:00pm-4:00pm, the Birmingham Water Works and Lake Purdy Let's Go Fishing invite you to participate in the inaugural Lake Purdy Clean Up Day.

Purdy is one of the water sources for the Shades Mountain Filter Plant, one of the Birmingham Water Works’ four pump stations that treat raw water, filter it, and deliver it to your home.

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the source of the water we enjoy every day, and see the natural beauty of Lake Purdy in all its fall glory.
In addition to the satisfaction of helping take care of Lake Purdy, volunteers will also have the chance to participate in turning that trash into something special.

Local artists will be on hand to transform the trash into works of art, which will be displayed at a “gallery opening” in the near future, before being properly disposed of. We hope that this art will serve as a stunning visual reminder of the impact that humans have on their environment.

Red Mountain Crawfish Company will be serving a special “Gator Dog”, along with its usual crawfish and shrimp delights all the way from Louisiana. A live band will provide the perfect soundtrack for the volunteers to dance to after a rewarding afternoon of cleaning.

Volunteers will be provided with all necessary tools to pick up trash.

Hours: 6AM till 6:30PM Tues-Sunday

Closed Mondays

Contact info:    (205) 991-9107

Location         3780 Boat Launch Rd.

                      Birmingham, AL  35242

 Mapquest Directions          

*4 Miles Northeast of Hwy 280 on Hwy 119

*25 Minutes From Downtown Birmingham


New Lake Purdy Hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday
 6AM to 6:30PM

Do you want to find big bass

Aiden Gamble and Paul Dixon with 4lb 10oz large mouth caught with a spinner bait on 10/14
Jeff England with 5lb 9oz large mouth on 10/14

Now is the time find your Spots
The lake level is down over 16 feet.  That means you can see all the structure which will be under the deep blue lake come this spring.  Mark your honey holes now using a GPS or simple visual triangulation.

Buddy Chwalet on 10/9 and Mike Wolfe with 6lb 1oz large mouth on 10/2

Fall fishing too Good

Isra Creer with 1.5 and 1 lb crappie caught with tuffies on 10/16

Mike Aultman with 37 lb catfish with cut shiner 10/6

More Arrow head hunters; Justin, Parker and Avery Roberts on 9/21

Water level has fish biting early and often
Warning: you can catch as many fish as you like but take no more than the Lake Purdy limits; 10 bass, 30 crappie, 50 bream per person

Early Bird Special Every Day
At Lake Purdy we want you to catch fish.  And the best time to get your limit is early in the morning. So for a limited time we are offering an Early Bird Special. Rent any motorized boat for the 3 hour price and keep it till noon. Available Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Monday). This includes a regular motor boat as well as fully rigged bass boat or a family pontoon.

Good Bass Fishing this fall!

Fishing Report 10/18/2016

       Water Temperature: 70 degrees, Lake level down 17.5 feet.  Water temperature down 7 degrees this week  Lake level is still going down due to water demand and lack of rain in the Cahaba watershed.  Water level should stabilize soon at current levels and rain this fall will bring the Lake back to full pool by New Year's Day.  Fishing is better as the water drops and water cools.

Note:  Before 8AM bass have been schooling right in front of the boat landing around the sunken island.  Use a crank bait about 4 feet deep.   Our store has just recieved a new shipment of Norman Deep Little N's (chilli bowl and lavender shad are the hottest colors) and Rapala Shad Raps.              

Bass Report:  The water level of the lake is still dropping and the water temperature is now dropping which is the start of my favorite fishing season,  the fall. despite the midweek rain.  With the water receding fast the best areas for Bass and Crappie is the old deep section of the lake.
Fall is prime fishing time

New Family Pontoons
Bring the whole Family.(up to 12 passengers or 1730 lbs), 40 hp engine, includes gas
Now accepting Reservations for New Family Pontoons only
Reservations for 6 hours only, prepaid. (credit cards accepted)
$125 up to 3 hours   $200 up to 6 hours

Call us at (205) 991-9107
Lake Purdy Hours

Open 6AM to 6:30PM


Crappie Report: Good crappie fishing this week but it is time to move off the bank and look for crappie in 20 feet of water.  Drifting a jig or minnow in various depths has been the preferred method of catching good numbers of crappie this week.  Byron Mize (pictured above)caught the second 3 lb 7oz crappie of the season on April 21. Along with the 3 lb 7oz crappie which Randy Hagood caught,  this has been the best year for trophy crappie in the 23 years I have been running the Lake Purdy Fishing Center.  He was using one of his hand tied jigs (white with a blue head).  Byron makes his jigs available for sale in the store and they are excellent and highly effective.

Gary Goodwin, Lake Purdy Manager, knows how to catch big fish.

Another 3 lb 7oz Crappie

Randy Hagood with monster crappie, 3lb 7oz, caught 1/29
Don't compare your fish to this.  It's the biggest I've seen in 10 years.

Huge Spots hit Home Made Jigs
Jonathan McMillen (left) created a hand tied bass jig he calls the "Jaw Jacker Jig" and he used them to catch these huge spots with his partner D'Ante Jackson on January 9th. The Jaw Jacker Jig will be available to buy at the Lake Purdy Store soon.
Big Bass are hitting crankbaits

Catlin Cox with 8lb 14oz largemouth       Ken with Lake Purdy Guide, Gary Goodwin
On crankbait,                                          5lb large mouth. One of 25.

 6AM to 6:30PM

Tuesday through Sunday
New Guide Boats now renting

New Fully Rigged Fishing Boats are ready to rent.  They feature all new bow mounted trolling motors, fish finders with color displays, aerated live well, pedestal seats, running lights and more.

Book a Guide trip with one of our world

famous Lake Purdy Guides

Reserve a time call 991-9107

Gary showing one of the nice spotted bass
 he showed me how to catch on October 14th.

Treat a valued client, spouse or special friend to a guide trip with one of our world famous Lake Purdy Guides.   We will provide the tackle and food and refreshments as well if you like.  Trips last 6 hours and are for one or two people only.  Cost for the trip is $250 and must be booked in advance.

Guide, Richy Rich, with 6 lb large mouth caught and released 2/7/15

Big Bass Alert:  Early birds can catch nice bass on top water lures in the morning when the bait fish are near the surface.  Shuo Zhang caught the 2.5 spotted bass with a buzz bait on the second cast of the day near the grass island straight out from the store.  Mike Wolfe caught and released his 7lb 1oz large mouth using a bass jig with a traditional pig trailer.  This is a good big bass lure available in good tackle stores everywhere including right here at Lake Purdy.

Night time fishing at Lake Purdy:
If you have never fished at night now is a good time to start.  It's hot out there in the middle of the day.  You can rent any of the boats at Lake purdy for night time, which means you can stay out past our closing time of 8PM.  Any boat rented for night has to have regulation running lights.  We don't rent the lights so you have to have your own.  We sell them in the store for $29.95 for the set or you can buy them where ever you want.  If you are renting one of our pontoon or guide boats, they are equipped with running lights so you don't have to have your own.  You can rent a boat for the evening any time after 2PM and it is not due until 8AM the next morning.  You don't have to stay all night.  Most people don't.  We give you a combination to the gate lock so you can leave when ever you want.  The store is closed at night so make sure to bring extra food and bait.  Some extra lights would also be useful, it's dark out there.  Beavers like to silently swim up to your boat and slap their tails on the surface which might your heart skip a beat.

Pontoon Palooza

  Rent a Pontoon for as little as $70 plus tax for two hours.

 Get all the boat rental prices here, Rental Rates

You don't need a boater's license to rent any boat at Lake Purdy, including a pontoon boat, pictured above. We'll show you what you need to know to drive any boat even if you have no previous experience.  We have plenty of boats so you should be able to rent any boat you want, any time you want it.  That's why we don't take reservations at Lake Purdy, you don't need it.  We'll get you in your boat and fishing right away.

Open Tuesday through Sunday 6AM - 6:30PM
Closed Monday

 "Fish don't bite on Mondays" Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler

Get Your Crappie!

Mess of Crappie caught July 22 with Bobby Garland crappie jigs by Eric Johnson and Zach Parson

Parker Davis used a minnow to get his 1 pound crappie on May 10th

Crappie Bait
Crappie like minnows.  Live minnows are always popular.  Keep them alive longer by hooking them through the eyes with a number 4 or 2 size aberdeen hook.  Some people prefer artificial lures made to imitate minnows.  One of the best we have are the hand tied Rone's jig which you can see in the Lake Purdy store.  Byron Mize pictured above has perfected this jig to catch crappie in Lake Purdy.

Notice: Fishing License are only available this

year online at or by

calling 888-848-6887.

The State has eliminated the hard copy license therefore Lake Purdy can no longer sell Fishing and Hunting License.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

.Kids never forget their first fish

And they never forget who took them fishing.  Get them away from computer gaming and into nature.  Every day on the water is a wonder and a boast to self-esteem.

Hannah Whittington caught this 4 lb spot with her dad, Clint Wallace on May 11.

Now Open 6AM to 6:30PM
Tuesday through Sunday

Closed Mondays

Lake Purdy, over 1,000 acres surrounded by

7800 acres of wilderness

Lake Purdy is one of the few places in Alabama which still offers a full lakeside tackle/bait shop, boat rental, rod rental, free bank fishing, and Nissan outboard motor repair (link). The lake is a pristine source of drinking water for the area so it is completely development free and the fish are excellent to eat!  Because no private boats are allowed on Lake Purdy, fishing pressure is reduced and we still have an excellent population of Large Mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Crappie, Bream, Catfish and more.  If you're looking for an inexpensive getaway, we have picnic areas, pontoon boats, free bank fishing, and beautiful sunsets!  Come out to enjoy a day fishing or just getting out of the house.

You can call ahead and let us know your coming at 991-9107 but we don't take reservations.  We have over 70 boats so you can fish when you want and reservations are not neededAlso, the water board does not permit the launching of private boats.



Maddy Cole with large mouth caught with Purdy guide, Rich Richardson

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