Lake Purdy is usually closed on Mondays
But will be open on Monday, May 30, for
Closed Tuesday, May 31 instead
Make your Reservation now
for Memorial Day New Pontoon Rental
or Fully Rigged Guide Boat
Now accepting Reservations for 6 hours only, prepaid. (credit cards accepted)
Morning (return by 1PM) or Afternoon (return by 8 PM)
Good Bass Fishing Memorial Day Weekend
Bass Report: Our employees went fishing this week to see what our patrons might expect Memorial Day Weekend. Gary Goodwin and Daniel Forrester used a square billed, shallow diving crank bait to catch two near 5 lb large mouths and many more quality fish off rock piles near the Grantsmill Road bridge. Gary Franklin (aka Worm) tried a technique which is easy for people with little knowledge of Lake Purdy. He trolled with a Carolina Rigged U-Tail Zoom worm and caught 13 Spotted bass (2 around 3 lbs) all within view of the boat landing.
Prime time for finding Bream beds
Maggie Hollis with 1/2 lb Bluegill caught on a Little George May 20
Lake Purdy extending Afternoon Hours
Open 6AM to 8PM
Starting Friday May 20th Lake Purdy Boat Rentals and Bait store will be open until 8PM. Now you get to the lake as late as 5PM and still have 3 hours to fish until closing at 8PM
Wendell Williams caught these 2.5lb crappie trolling with a Flicker Shad crank bait on May 11th.
New Party Pontoons
up to 12 passengers, 40 hp engine, includes gas
Now accepting Reservations for New Party Pontoons only
Reservations for 6 hours only, prepaid. (credit cards accepted)
Morning (return by 1PM) or Afternoon (return by 8 PM)
$125 up to 3 hours $200 up to 6 hours
Call us at (205) 991-9107
Fishing Report 5/25/2016
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.
Victor Smith with a 3 lb bass and a 1.75 lb crappie trolling deep on 5/17
Gary Detwiler with a cooler full of bream and catfish using red worms on a
"mini Carolina rig" on Sunday, 4/24.
Bream Report: The water temperature is approaching 80 degrees which is the key for Bream to start moving out of the deep water to the banks. Gary Detwiler, pictured above, is a successful bream fisherman who shared one of his secrets with me recently. He uses a light spinning reel and rod with 8 lb, high visibility line. He places a small (1/8oz) egg sinker above a small swivel. On the other side of the barrel swivel he ties a 14 inch leader of 4 lb clear line finished with a small hook (size 6 or 8). This mini "Carolina Rig" is fished near grassy edges and on clay flats where bream hang out. No bobber! Bump the egg sinker on the bottom with the live worm or cricket floating above and behind the sinker. Watch the high visibility line for movement, indicating a strike.
Jeremiah Curry got this 19 lb crappie bow fishing on 5/14
Friday Night Contest 2016
Brasher Brothers Win on Good Night
It was a good night for almost all the participants in Week 8, May 20. Michael Brasher caught this 6.47 lb large mouth, pictured above, for the Big Fish of the night. With his brother John they weighed in 12.57 lbs for their 5 fish limit. It was enough to edge out last weeks winners, Phillip Hyche and Eddie Buzbee who had 12.27 lbs for second place. Jeff England and Tony Marlowe took third with 9.51 lbs which gave them enough to edge into first in the the series point race just ahead of Mike Forrester and Chris Leathers.
Season points Race through Week 8
2. Mike Forrester/ Chris Leathers 80 Points $294 52.63 pounds
3. Eddie Buzbee/ Phillip Hyche 67 Points $367 45.26 pounds
4. Roger Williamson / Clay Mitchell 48 Points $50 30.82 pounds
5. Mike Wolfe/ Billy Milton 43 Points $110 33.17 pounds
Lake Purdy Hours 6AM to 8PM
open everyday except Mondays
Hours: 6AM till 8PM Tues-Sunday
Location 3780 Boat Launch Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35242
*4 Miles Northeast of Hwy 280 on Hwy 119
*25 Minutes From Downtown Birmingham
First signs of Big Bream
Eric Johnson with 1lb 3oz Shellcracker on a cricket 3/19
Isaiyah Player and Jalen Smith with a nice stringer of catfish and bream using worms
Mike Wolfe with a 7lb 1oz on bass jig 3/5
Tim Isbell with 5.5 and 7.5 lb large mouth bass caught 3/8 on swim jig
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.
Lake Purdy is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 6AM to 8PM. We will be closed on Mondays.
He won $100. This November you can win $100 for a big bass.
Double rainbow ends at Lake Purdy Nov 6. (pot of gold not yet found)
Kids love fishing for crappie
Matthew Skinner with bass and crappie caught with a crank bait
Aston McLeod with slab crappies caught 10/24
Henry Gilchrist with 2.5 bass on green pumpkin Zoom worm on Saturday, 10/17
Jaxson Wood used a carolina rigged, green pumpkin Zoom
worm to catch his first bass on Oct. 12th
Catlin Cox with 8lb 14oz largemouth Ken with Lake Purdy Guide, Gary Goodwin
John Allen with Catfish he caught with night crawlers on 10/24
6AM to 8PM
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.
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 and Little-Great Fun!
7lb bass released by Mike Wolfe Anna Cate and Marko Maglic with first Fish!
Classic Tournament September 4th
Jeff England and Tony Marlowe win
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.
Mike Celeri with 7 lb Large Mouth Bass on August 14
Rent a Pontoon for as little as $70 plus tax for two hours.
Get all the boat rental prices here, Rental Rates
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 - 8PM
"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 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 outdooralabama.com or by
The State has eliminated the hard copy license therefore Lake Purdy can no longer sell Fishing and Hunting License. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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.
Now Open 6AM to 8PM
Tuesday through Sunday
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 needed. Also, the water board does not permit the launching of private boats.
Maddy Cole with large mouth caught with Purdy guide, Rich Richardson