Dogwoods are blooming and the crappie have moved to the banks.
See the fishing report below
Prime Time for crappie this year
Ron Marko with two of the many slab crappie he caught 3/26. The biggest was 2 lbs
We will be Open All Week
Rev. Earl Dixon with more crappie caught with minnows on 3/27
Fishing Report 3/28/2017
Water Temperature: 66 degrees, much warmer this week. Lake level continues to rise, now only 9 inches from full pool. Crappie are now moving shallower. Many people have caught their limit (30 crappie per person) with minnows 2 to 4 feet under a float about 30 feet off the shore.
Here is a couple of tips for crappie this week.
2. When fishing the bank with a boat look for less impressive stick ups and structure. The obvious shallow water large trees have been fished often since the middle of February. Look for spots which other fishermen have overlooked.
Kerry Thompson with nice basket of crappiewith minnows 3/21/17
Fishing Report 3/28/2017 Water Temperature: 66 degrees, much warmer this week. Lake level continues to rise, now only 9 inches from full pool. Crappie are now moving shallower. Many people have caught their limit (30 crappie per person) with minnows 2 to 4 feet under a float about 30 feet off the shore.
6AM to 7PMAnother 8 lb plus Bass
Mike Henry caught this 8 lb 2 oz Large mouth and released it in Lake Purdy on 3/23
March is time to get serious about
Lake Purdy now open 6AM to 7PM
Jonathan Scoggins caught a double limit (60 crappie) on 3/21
Lake Purdy is almost back to full pool. A great photo by
Alabama Aerial Photography on 3/16/17.
Part Time Landing Assistants
Responsibilities include loading and unloading equipment and instructing patrons in the safe operation of all rental boats. Applicants must own a reliable vehicle and be willing to work weekends and early mornings. Stating pay is $9 per hour plus tips, approximately 20 hours per week. Must apply in person at Lake Purdy, 3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham, AL 35242
Kailey and Kevin Camp with Stephanie and Grayson Lovelady. They used Monkey Milk jigs on 2/26 to catch a nice stringer of crappie.
Now is the Time for the
Don Davis with 6.5 lb bass 3/7
Steve Harris, Tim Isbell and Jeff Gilbert with Lunke bass on 2/1/17
Steve Webster came back and got this 7lb large mouth on 2/1. It got away last week.
Tim Wynn with 5lb large mouth caught with a plastic lizard
6AM to 7PM
Everyday but Monday
Hours: 6AM till 7:00PM Tues-Sunday
Location 3780 Boat Launch Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35242
*4 Miles Northeast of Hwy 280 on Hwy 119
*25 Minutes From Downtown Birmingham
Mike Wolfe with 7 lb 1 oz large mouth caught and released
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.
Justin Allums with two 4 lb bass from mid October
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Lake Purdy Hours
Open 6AM to 7PM
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
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.
6AM to 7PM
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
Gary Goodwin, Lake Purdy Manager, knows how to catch big fish.
Reserve a time call 991-9107
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
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.
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 - 7PM
"Fish don't bite on Mondays" Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
Get Your Crappie!
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 7PM
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