Lake Purdy is usually closed on Mondays
But will be open on Monday, May 30, for

Memorial Day.
Closed Tuesday, May 31 instead

Now Taking Reservations for

New Party Pontoons

up to 12 passengers, 40 hp engine, includes gas
Now accepting Reservations for New Party Pontoons
Reservations for 6 hours only, prepaid. (credit cards accepted)
Morning (return by Noon) or Afternoon (return by 7 PM)
$125 up to 3 hours   $200 up to 6 hours

Call us at (205) 991-9107

Fishing Report 4/28/2016

       Water Temperature: 78.4 degrees, water clarity about 4 feet.                                                                           (up almost 10 degrees from last week)

Reverend Earl Dixon with 2lb crappie caught 4/23 trolling a minnow.

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 caught the second 3lb 7oz crappie of the season on April 21. Along with the 3lb 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.

Jonny Ortega with 7 lb large mouth on 4/22/16

Bass Report:  The lake temperature rose 10 degrees this week.  With the warmer water the bream have moved into shallow water.  Bass are also drawn to the shallow water following the bream.  Big large mouths, like the 7 pounder pictured above, are looking for a big meal.  They often prefer a frog or Magnum lizard pulled off the bank into shallow water.

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.

Byron Mize Gets 3lb 7oz Slab April 21

Mike Williams caught several nice bass and crappie using minnows on 4/24.

Whitney Johnson caught her first bass with family and friends on a pontoon, 4/20.

Mike Wolfe gets the Big fish Prize in Week 4

The twelve teams entered in the Friday night bass contest on April 22 had a tough time catching big fish to push up their total weight.  Mike Forrester and Chris Leathers captured the first prize with only 6.83 lbs.  They won $144 and got enough points to move into first place in the season long points championship.  Jeff England captured second with 5.83 lbs, exactly 1 lb behind the winners.  Close behind in third with 5.79 lbs was Kevin Reagor and Matt Bryant, fishing in their first contest of the 2016 season.  Mike Wolfe, pictured above, only had two fish for the evening but his 3.46 lb spotted bass was worth $60 for the big fish prize.

 Lake Purdy Hours 6AM to 7PM

open everyday except Mondays

Carmelo Martinez with nice stringer of Crappie

Hours: 6AM till 7PM 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


First signs of Big Bream

Eric Johnson with 1lb 3oz Shellcracker on a cricket 3/19

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

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.

Spring Schedule

Lake Purdy is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 6AM to 7PM.
We will be closed on Mondays.  
Tony Mcleod caught this 2 lb 5 oz crappie with a crawfish crankbait on 10/24.
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

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.

John Allen with Catfish he caught with night crawlers on 10/24

 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

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 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

   The Classic on September 4th was the season ending, invitation only, tournament for the eleven teams who fished at least 10 contest since the opening contest the first Friday in April. Jeff England and Tony Marlowe capped their great season by catching the big fish of the night, 2.54 lbs and the top total weight of 8 lbs.  The purse of $685 for the evening brought their season total winnings to $2,187! This team, pictured above, won 9 contest of the 17 they fished and they also caught the big fish 6 times including the biggest tournament fish of 2015 of 7.44 lbs on July 10th.  Mike Forrester and Chris Leathers took second, just missing out on the big money with a big fish of 2.45 lb and 7.91 total weight.  Richard Williamson and Terry Wood took third with 6.39 lb and the third place prize was enough to triple their season winnings.  The final season winnings and statistics are presented in the table below.
Shou Zhang with nice bass caught with a top water buzz bait on 8/26

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.Tim Horton with his grandsons, Jorden, Taylor and Jacob Messner

Still good Advice:  If you have never been to Lake Purdy and want to catch some bream without much effort, go to the Solar Bees and fish up and down on these pump islands in the deepest part of the lake. The trick is to use a small fine wire hook (size 8 or 10) and light line with no float and minimal weight to allow for a slow fall.

Janice Vickers with 7 lb catfish August 7
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.

Enrique Gonzalez with bass 8/20  and Bobby Moon with 6 lb bass 8/8

Tip of the Week: Summer trolling is a good way to catch a variety of fish. The trick is vary your speed and line diameter to reach different depths.  And you can almost always catch bream on the solar bees with crickets or red worms.

Mike Celeri with 7 lb Large Mouth Bass on August 14

Pontoon Palooza

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

  Or rent it on the Afternoon Special for only $85 plus tax from 1pm to 7pm, Tuesday through Friday.  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

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 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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