Lake Purdy Open This Monday

2/20 for Presidents Day. 
We will be closed Tuesday 2/21 this week only

Jaxson and T.K. Wood with 4.1 large mouth caught and released by 9 year old Jaxson on 2/11

Tom Robinson caught and released this 5.5 lb large mouth 2/14

Fishing Report 2/16/2017

       Water Temperature: 58.8 degrees, up two more degrees from last week. Lake level is now only down 5 feet!!  Water temperature still cold but big bass are moving up and some of the larger crappie are being caught  near the shore.  Lake Levels continue to rise daily.
Isaac Whetstone (above) and John Thomas (below) caught their limit of crappie on 2/11 including these slabs using jigs and minnows

Winter Special Weekdays only
Hurry! Winter special ending soon
At Lake Purdy we want you to catch fish.  And we want you to experience Winter fishing at Lake Purdy. So for a limited time we are offering a Winter Special. Rent any motorized boat for the 3 hour price and keep it for 6 hours!  Through the end of February, available Tuesday through Friday (usually closed on Monday). This includes a regular motor boat as well as fully rigged bass boat or a family pontoon.

Now is the Time for the 

Lunker Bass

Todd Beaver with 7.42 lb large mouth caught and released on 2/11 using shallow running crank bait

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.

We will be open till 5:30 PM
starting February 1

Lake is filling quickly

 Check  out this video from 2/1

Note:  The Lake is on the way back up.  So now is the time to develop fish structures so you will have your own honey hole when the Lake is back to full pool.   This year it may take to the middle of February before the Lake is full to the brim.        
Zack Whitney with 2.75 Spotted Bass on a watermelonseed Zoom worm on 2/5

Julia and Jeremy Maddox with crappie on Monkey milk jigs

Bass Report:  Now the Water level is rising and temperatures are dropping so now is the time to fish for the lunker bass which are active in the cold months.  Spoons are good in the deep water.  In the shallow water use a big bass jig with trailers. 

Tim Wynn with 5lb large mouth caught with a plastic lizard

New Hours
6AM to 5:30PM
Everyday but Monday

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

Cold Mornings bring out the crappie for Tim Isbell

Hours: 6AM till 5:00PM 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


 Lake Purdy Hours

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

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 5PM


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.

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 5PM

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 - 5PM
Closed Monday

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

Get Your Crappie!

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 5:30PM
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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