Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing

Phone (205) 991-9107

Note: Phone service has been restored.  It has been off and on for the past two weeks.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  We should be good now.

Hours: 6AM till 8PM everyday

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


Afternoon Delight Special is


Starting at 3 PM, rent any motorized boat for the 3 hour rate and keep it till closing (now 8PM).  Seven days a week.

 Fishing Statistics August 26

Cameron Williams, Brandy Ford and Keith Ford caught bass and catfish with Black plastic lizards on August 14th

Water Temperature: 87.5 degrees
Lake Level:  Down 4.5 feet from full pool.

Note:  Some nice rain fell this week but it hasn't made much of a difference in the level of the lake.  Fishing has been very good as a result.  Shallow diving crank baits have been very good especially when bait fish appear near the surface.  Also try to bounce the crank baits off submerged rocks as they start to emerge as the water continues to go down.  We expect the lake level will continue to drop through October. 

Darryl Fleming caught these fish with a Spinner Bait on 8/24

Richard Fields with 6 lb 5 oz Large Mouth Bass on Crankbait 8/16 Afternoon Delight

Pontoon Palooza

  Rent a Pontoon for as little as $67 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.

Fish for Food, Fun or Cash

Many people come to Lake Purdy to catch fish to eat.  Because we have the cleanest water in the state, Lake Purdy fish are safe and delicious.  Some people fish for the fun of it and they throw back what they catch or give the fish to others who welcome the gift. And finally some people like to fish for the competition and cash that go with it.  All people renting a boat are eligible for "Cash for Lunkers", a free monthly contest which awards money for designated fish.  Also weekly Friday night contest awards money to winners from April through August.  And boat rentals are half price for contest participants.

Vince Smith with 3 lb 2 oz Bass Caught and Released 8/17
David Allison took this picture, measured then released his Spotted Bass on 8/17.  Computed weight was 2.155 lbs

August "Cash for Lunkers" goes to the two best catch and release bass of the month

$50 each to the two biggest bass of the month which are caught from a Lake Purdy rental boat, measured and/or weighed, photographed, then released immediately back into the Lake.  Send the length and girth measurements and any details of the catch to

Debra Celeri kicks off Catch and Release Contest on August 1

Fishing with a 5-inch hyperstick (segmented dinger) on a 1\4 oz. Shaky Head, Debra enticed this 4.5 lb spotted bass on the backside of the little island outfront. Patience and perseverance the key sometimes, and that was the case here!

Brasher and Hefner win Week 20 and Lock-up
 Season Points Championship

John Brasher, pictured above with two of his 5 solid keepers, won week 20 with a total weight of 13.26 lbs.  The team of Brasher and Justin Hefner have locked up the season Points Championship with this weeks victory.  Mike Wolfe and Billy Milton caught the big fish of the night, 4.69 lbs,  and moved into a tie for 2nd in the points Championship with their second place this week.  Last weeks winner and former champion, Paul Renda and Danny Hamaker, captured third in their second tournament of the season.

Week 20

Justin Hefner John Brasher     13.26 5 1 15 $108.00
Mike Wolfe Billy Milton   4.98 9.40 5 2 13 $90.00
Paul Renda Danny Hamaker     8.70 5 3 11 $27.00
Ben Jones Todd Skinner     8.56 5 4 9  
Larry Nix Terry Stephenson     5.36 5 5 8  
Richard Williamson Terry Wood     5.35 5 6 7  
Roger Williamson Mitchell Clay     5.04 5 8 7  
Robert Combs Juan Pinom     5.05 5 7 7  
Jason Homen Jason Rushing         9 2  

Justin Hefner John Brasher Michael Brasher 18 199 3.61 142.09 7.89 $885.00
Michael Forrester  Chris Leathers Scott Lewis 19 147 5.74 107.57 5.66 $272.00
Mike Wolfe Billy Milton Felicia Milton 20 147 5.80 108.01 5.40 $381.00
Jeff England Aaron England Keith Owens     Michael Miller        Billy Guthrie 13 133 3.69 106.91 8.22 $624.50
Roger Williamson Mitchell Clay John Williamson    Becky Williamson 14 121 6.00 90.74 6.48 $645.00
Ben Jones Todd Skinner Jason Whitson 11 100 4.91 76.23 6.93 $451.00
Rob Smith Zac Davis Melanie Smith     Frankie Howard    Dennis Mitchell 10 96 4.80 74.72 7.47 $550.00
Richard Williamson Terry Wood   14 89 5.64 63.93 4.57 $221.00
Eddie Buzbee Philip Hyche Billy Wilson 14 80 7.14 48.47 3.46 $340.00
Garrett Langer David Smith John Norris         Alex Jessen 7 77 3.14 64.99 9.28 $221.00
Larry Nix Terry Stephenson Wes Glassey      Scott Mooneyham    Rose Stephenson 16 69 8.44 45.74 2.86 $287.50
Clint Wallace Austin Wallace Chris Thomas 9 58 5.89 44.47 4.94 $242.00
Caiden Sinclair Hunter Gibson   7 56 6.14 43.54 6.22 $188.00
Zac Hall James Carroll   8 54 6.25 35.85 4.48 $160.00
Philip Jones Dru Jones   6 38 6.50 26.79 4.47 $84.00
Robert Combs Jason Smith Doug Bowers       Juan Pinom 11 34 9.64 13.27 1.21  
Paul Renda Danny Hamaker   2 27 2.00 18.73 9.37 $159.00
David Gambrell Ben Gambrell Thomas Rich 6 24 10.17 11.31 1.89  
Travis Petrey Mimi Savoie   2 16 6.50 12.77 6.39 $34.00
Brandon Bilek Tom Paduch   2 15 6.50 9.94 4.97 $64.00
Clint Pilkington Joey Chambers   1 11 3.00 9.69 9.69 $42.00
Race Harrison Chris Lindsey   1 9 4.00 7.18 7.18 $34.00
Jason Priecko Chris Hallman   2 9 10.00 6.44 3.22  
Ryan Wallace Allen Terrell   2 8 9.50 4.87 2.44  
Stephen McKinney Shannon Brock   4 8 8.75 0.00 0.00  
Chris Hulsey Justin Nelson   2 8 7.00 3.54 1.77  
Marcus Lyons Brett Henderson   1 7 7.00 0.00 0.00  
Nick Malesko Jeff Miller   2 7 12.00 3.68 1.84  
Brandon Payne Jacob Turner   2 4 11.50 0.00 0.00  
18 tied @     1 2 7.00 0.00 0.00  

Prize Money distributed thus far:


47 Teams represented so far - 10 different winners

Biggest Fish so far: 8.47 pounds - Rob Smith/Zac Davis - 5/2/14

Biggest Sack so far: 19.01 pounds - Clint Wallace/Austin Wallace - 4/18/14

Bold indicates qualified for Classic

Now Renting

Wet and Wild Kayaks

Kayaks are simple and fun to rent
only $15 for two hours for single or $25 for a tandem
Wear a swim suit because you will get wet
Must wear a life jacket (bring your own pfd or use ours)
Don't carry anything you don't want to lose or get wet.

Buddy Bunn with 3 lb spot caught on top water Zara Spook on Sunday, August 10

The following 4 pictures are the winners of the July Kid's Cash for Lunkers Contest

Sasha Allison with a double bass catch on crankbait while trolling 7/13/14

Trevor Leger knows "Chicks dig fisherman".
1.5 lb Cat and 14 oz Bream on 7/18 using Night Crawlers

Destiny and Jazmine Burley with Bass, Bream and Catfish on Night Crawlers 7/5

Hunter Hinson with 1 lb crappie
Congratulations to the winners $25 each
Pick up your cash at Lake Purdy on your next visit

Expanded summer hours

now open 6AM to 8PM Everyday

Wes Wolfe caught and released this 6.2 oz large mouth on Saturday in the rain.
Fishing Tip for August

     Get ready for warm weather fishing when it is best to fish early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  Lake Purdy is now open everyday from 6AM to 8PM.  You can fish earlier or later if you have a set of running lights and make arrangements with Lake Purdy for after hours fishing.  Then you can fish as late or early as you want.  Call the store for more information (205) 991-9107.

New all-welded boats have arrived. Still rents for only $15 a day. 

Winner! Winner! Winner!

Chicken Dinners

Tim Isbell wins $100 for Big Catfish of June

Tim Isbell caught his 11 lb 14 oz Flathead Catfish on 6/20 with a lipless crankbait while bass fishing. 

Jimmy Overstreet won $100 for this 7.5 lb Large mouth he caught and  released on Sunday, May 11 the biggest bass of the month.
Byron Mize won $100 for his 2 lb 1 oz crappie with one of his hand tied "Rone's jigs".  You can get his winning jigs in the Lake Purdy store.
Ron Wright got this 12 ounce Shellcracker with a cricket on May 11 and won $100 for the biggest bream of May.
Victor Lockhart got some slab crappie with minnows. The biggest was 1 lb 9 oz.

Evans Smith and Gerald Nolen got their slab crappie with Jiffy Jigs.

Kyle Ledbetter used a spinner bait and Chris Skipper used a Baby Brush Hog to catch their 3 pound Spotted Bass this week.

Michael Bacher and 1.75 lb crappie and Victor Zagorski and Jeff McLeod  with bass
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.

Open 7 Days a Week
6AM to 8PM

Terelan Smith used a crankbait to catch this 2 lb Spotted Bass on Sunday 2/23.
Book a Guide trip with one of our world famous Lake Purdy Guides

Reserve a time call 991-9107

John Dauzat and Joe Lebens,Winners of the Diamond Group Corporate Outing October 23rd, pictured with their guide Gary Goodwin.

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.

Hours 6 AM to 8 PM  7 days a week

New Premium Weldcraft Boats Now Available to Rent or Buy 
This will also make some of our used wide jon boats available for purchase.
The 1444 pictured above features deep sides and a extended front casting deck.  It has no center seat and will hold four people.  Below is the 1544 which also features deep sides .080 aluminum and three seats.  It is fifteen feet long and 44 inches wide on the floor and has a capacity of 5 people.

Used Jon Boats Starting at $400
 Open 7 days a week 6AM to 8PM
Click here to get
fishing report
                     Pontoon                                     Guide Boat our best fishing boat   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.

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.

Store Hours now 6AM-8PM Seven Days a Week.

You can call ahead and let us know your coming at 991-9107 but we don't take reservations.  We have over 60 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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