July 4th Holiday Schedule

Open 6am to 8 pm Monday July 4th
Closed Tuesday July 5th


Nick Wolfe with a 6 lb bass this week

Make your July 4th Reservation now
for 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)

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

Midweek Afternoon Special
Tues-Thurs Only
Starting at 2PM, Rent any motorized boat for the 3 hour price and keep till 7:45 PM. That's almost 6 hours for the 3 hour price including Guide boats and new Party Pontoons. No reservations, just first come first served


July rains bring out the Catfish


Maurice Becoats Senior and Jr with 8 lb catfish and basket of smaller cats on 6/25

Friday Night Contest 2016


Week 13

Whitson and Jones win Week 13

Jason Whitson (left) and Ben Jones with the big bass 5.22 lbs. That large mouth along with four other fish weighed 14.06 lbs, enough for the win in week 13, July 24th.  Season points leader, Jeff England and Tony Marlowe finished second with 13.4 lbs.  Keith Brasher and his brother Joseph got third place on their third try with 9.32 lbs.
Season points Race through Week 12
1.  Jeff England / Tony Marlowe        126 points   $961     91.90 pounds
2.  
Mike Forrester/ Chris Leathers    114 Points    $327    80.26 pounds
3.   Eddie Buzbee/ Phillip Hyche        86 Points     $403     57.44 pounds
4.   Roger Williamson / Clay Mitchell  66 Points     $98      46.61 pounds
T5.   Mike Wolfe/ Billy Milton               58 Points     $110    40.54 pounds

T5.   Jason Whitson/Ben Jones             58 Points     $267    43.35 pounds


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


Good Bass Fishing as weather warms up!



Fishing Report 6/22/2016

       Water Temperature: 87.2 degrees, water clarity about 3.5 ft.                   (Water temperature up 2 more degrees from last week.  Lake level is down 3 feet from full pool and still dropping)
Note:  Take advantage of the Midweek Afternoon special Starting June 16.

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. The shallow area in Cox's creek, above the 119 bridge is full of grass and shallow water.  Fishing in this area is poor due to lack of oxygen as the vegetation decays through the heat of the summer.


Lake Purdy extending Afternoon Hours

Open 6AM to 8PM

 Lake Purdy Boat Rentals and Bait store is open this summer until 8PM. Now you get to the lake as late as 5PM and still have 3 hours to fish until closing at 8PM

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


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 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.


 Lake Purdy Hours 6AM to 8PM

open everyday except Mondays


Carmelo Martinez with nice stringer of Crappie

Hours: 6AM till 8PM 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.

Summer Schedule

Lake Purdy is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 6AM to 8PM.
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 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.

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.

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 - 8PM
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 outdooralabama.com 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 8PM
 
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.

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Maddy Cole with large mouth caught with Purdy guide, Rich Richardson

 
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