New Lake Purdy Hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday
 6AM to 7:00PM

Closed on Mondays

Arrowheads Anyone?

Byron Mize is taking advantage of the low water to find arrowheads on some of the sunken islands at Lake Purdy

Early Fall fishing too Good

Gregory George got his 2 1/4 lb crappie on 9/20

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

Jonathan Scoggins with a limit of big crappie on 9/18 using minnows and jigs

England and Marlowe win Classic

Jeff England and Tony Marlowe completed their Big Year in 2016 with winnings totaling $2205. They won the season points championship for a bonus of $300 plus $500 for the winning limit of 11.49lbs in the Classic Invitational on September 2nd.  This means the 92 fish they brought in in 2016 earned them an average of nearly $24 per fish.
  Justin Hefner and John Brasher remained hot in the last weeks of series with two wins and a second in the Classic with a limit of 9.73lbs. Second place earned them $200 bringing their total winnings to $923, an average of nearly $18.50 per fish for the year. 
  Richard Williamson and Terry Wood caught the big fish of the evening with the 4.85lb Spotted Bass pictured below.  They took third place for a purse of $290 for the evening, just missing second with 9.71lbs.
The Classic Championship on September 2 was the last Friday night bass contest of the year.  The Total money won in 2016 was $6,775. Find a partner and compete for your share of an even larger money purse starting in April 2017.

2016 Season Final Points Standings and Statistics

 1.  Jeff England / Tony Marlowe        213 points   $2205   165.39 lbs 87 fish
Mike Forrester/ Chris Leathers    197 Points    $653  150.04 lbs 104 fish
     3.    J
ason Whitson/Ben Jones             183 Points   $964  145.16 lbs 75 fish     
4.     Eddie Buzbee/ Phillip Hyche       157 Points     $475   107.68 lbs 68 fish
5.   M
ike Wolfe/ Billy Milton               121 Points      $260    81.19 lbs 51 fish
6.   Justin Hefner/ John Brasher           119 Points     $923    81.25 lbs 45 fish
Roger Williamson / Clay Mitchell    86 Points       $98      60.78 lbs 44 fish
8.     Richard Williamson/ Terry Wood   76 points     $458   46.94 lbs  30 fish 
9.    Buddy Bunn/ Joe Culpepper
        68 points    $295    47.03 lbs 23 fish 
10.   Keith and Joseph Brasher             54 points    $224   35.42 lbs  20 fish   
Carlos Beacoats with his first Catfish using rooster livers 8/27

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.

Winners of the August Random Picture Prize


Eric Johnson and Zach Parsons with crappie on August 20
. This picture was chosen at random and is the $100 winner for August

Good Bass Fishing this fall!

Fishing Report 9/21/2016

       Water Temperature: 84.5 degrees, Lake level down 12 feet 5 inches. Water temperature down 6 degrees since September 1.  Lake level is down due to water demand and lack of rain in the Cahaba watershed.  Water level should stabilize at current levels as rain this fall brings the Lake back to full pool by New Years 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.                  

Bass Report:  The water level of the lake is still dropping despite the midweek rain. And fishing through the middle of the week has been very good as a result.  Fishing is often best in a light rain and the cloud cover provides some relief from the hot sun. With the water receding fast the best areas for Bass and Crappie is the old deep section of the lake.
Fishing heats up

Ligaj Pradhan and friends on August 28th

Victor Smith with some of the 15 bass and crappie he caught trolling 8/25

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

That's Gary Franklin (aka Worm) with another 6 lb large mouth

September is a good month for Catfish

 catfish caught with rooster livers on August 20th

Madison Major and Carmailo Sturdivant with his first fish on his 5th birthday

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.

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

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 topping 90 degrees which doesn't hurt the Bream fishing.  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.

 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

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

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.
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!

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.

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.

 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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