Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing

July Big Bass Contest

Cash for Lunkers Returns

For the Biggest Bass weighed in at the Lake Purdy by 8PM June 30th
* Must be caught from a Lake Purdy Rental Boat during regular Store Hours

Rogers Rose, Jr with two large mouth.  The largest was 3 lb which is the current leader of the July Big Bass Contest.  You have until 7/30 at 8PM to beat this weight and collect the $100 cash prize.

Cap Vandergrift with 2 lb 5 oz bass caught with a watermelon seed lizard.

Family Pontoons available starting at $125 for three hours

New Summer Hours

 Weekends Fri-Sun 6AM-8PM
Weekdays Tues-Thurs 6AM-7PM 
Closed Mondays

Kyler and Macii with catfish they caught with a shiner minnow

 Water Temperature: High 80s on the surface. Water Clarity is murky above the Grantsmill Road bridge and in Cox's Creek. in the main lake the water clarity is stained which is a good color for catching crappie and bass. Good colors for stained water are white and chartreuse.

Issac Whetstone and his brother caught a net full of crappie on July 1

Fishing Report 7/23/2017
 Big Bass Week ends 7/30 at 8PM
No entry fee required.  All Lake Purdy Rental boat patrons are qualified to win.  Just weigh in your fish during regular store hours .

James Gothard caught this 2 1/4 lb crappie with one of the large crank baits he alters and designs.
 Fresh water  pouring into the lake from rain earlier in the week has turned on the catfish and crappie as well. Water temperature is 89 degrees and the water is murky above the bridge areas.  The Main lake has a good stain, just right for fishing.  Brandon Brazil, pictured below, used a crank bait to catch a variety of big crappie and bass this week. His advice is "you can always catch fish with a crank bait.  You just need to find the right color and right depth."

Brandon Brazil with Crappie and bass caught in the rain

Kambria and Ezra Reeves used a red worm to catch their catfish on 5/23.  Rain  brings out the catfish.  You can use night crawlers or rooster livers.

Friday Night Tournament 2017

Forrester and Lewis win again.
Week 15, July 14, 2017

Mike Forrester and his partner Scotty Lewis got their 6th win of the season on July 14th.  Their money total is now $1150 for the season.  Paul and Gap Renda have moved solidly into second place in the season point standings.  Jonathan McMillen and Justin Stone got the big fish for the night and second place with a total weight of 6.05 lbs with only 3 fish.  Father and son, Mike and Nicholas Wolfe, finished 3rd with  6 lbs even and cashed their first prize money check of the season. 
   Join the fun this Friday.  Entry fees are only $30 per team and you only have to pay half of the regular night time rental for the boat.  Get the full set of rules and more info by clicking the Friday Tournament page at the top of the page. 

The Series Leader Board through Week 15

1. Mike Forrester / Chris Leathers  179.5 pts  $1150  108.26 lbs 
Paul Renda / Gap Renda            128 pts    $362     78.01 lbs 

3. Mike Wright/ Mason Wright          103 pts    $190    64.30 lbs
4. Jeff England/ Tony Marlowe        100 pts     $671    63.94 lbs 
5. Eddie Buzbee / Philip Hyche        96 pts     $426     65.31 lbs
6. Jonathan McMillen/ Justin Stone  81 pts    $463      46.35 lbs
7. Roger Williamson/Mitchell Clay     63 pts     $213    35.78 lbs 8. Hayden Teems / Alex Smeraglia   50 pts     $292     29.97 lbs

Jesse Mason and Gregory George with a double limit of crappie

Here are a couple of tips for crappie
1. Most of the big crappie have moved off the bank out to post spawn areas in 8 to 15 feet of water.  Still count on tuffie minnows as the best bait.  If fishing is tough, try adding a Power Bait crappie nibbler to a live minnow or  jig.  The scent and sparkles will often trigger strikes from reluctant crappie.
2. Don't fight the wind, drift with a pontoon in deep water.  Position the boat up wind and sink a minnow or jig 3 to 6 feet under a float on both sides of the boat.  You will eventually drift through a school of bait fish and pick a few crappie by the end of your trip.

Johnny Walker with 2 lb cat caught with a night crawler on Father's Day

Maybe you should work at Lake Purdy
We are looking for marine motor and equipment manager
 Responsibilities include maintenance of all rental equipment

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

Alan Wellbaum with a spotted bass on a Carolina rigged lizard

You will catch fish once you master this technique.
Bass Report:  My best tip for catching bass on Lake Purdy is to learn how to rig and fish a Carolina Rig for plastic worms and lizards.  This rig features a 1/2 to 1 oz egg sinker followed by a couple of glass beads and then a barrel swivel.  On the other side of the swivel tie a 4 foot leader in front of a good offset worm hook rigged with a plastic lizard or worm.  You can throw this rig a mile because of the weight.  It also sinks quickly to the bottom where you want to feel your weight bouncing off pea gravel or rocks.  This if where you can expect to get bit by spotted bass.  If the bottom doesn't feel like anything, you are just fishing empty muddy banks which don't hold many fish.  Pick up and cast to the next point.  Stick with it.

New Hours open Weekends till 8PM
Tues-Thurs 6AM to 7PM
Closed most Mondays Except for Holidays

New Family Pontoons
Bring the whole Family.(up to 12 passengers or 1730 lbs), 40 hp engine, includes gas

Call us at (205) 991-9107
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 effective.

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.

Hours: 6AM till 7:00PM Tues-Thurs

6AM till 8PM Weekends Fri-Sun

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


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

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

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 - 7PM
Closed Monday

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

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 7PM
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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