Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing

Open 6AM to 7PM everyday but Monday

Young Guns win First Tournament

    In week two the "Young Guns" team of Hayden Teems and Alex Smeraglia were disqualified when they arrived at the weigh in area one minute late.  That cost them a chance to weigh in their 5 five limit,  They were on time on April 21 for Week Three and they won their first tournament with a total weight of 8.83 lbs and they also collected the Big Fish money with a catch of 3.21 lbs.  Paul Renda and his brother, Gap Renda, finished 2nd with 7.61 lbs and Series leaders, Mike Forrester and Chris Leathers, collected money for the third straight week capturing third with 7.03 lbs.  Below is the Series Standings after 3 weeks.

Series Leader Board
1. Mike Forrester / Chris Leathers   39pts    $198     21.03lbs
2. Eddie Buzzbee / Philip Hyche      28pts    $133    16.49lbs
3. Hayden Teems / Alex Smeraglia  24pts    $136    12.72lbs
4. Paul Renda / Gap Renda            22pts     $40      11.99lbs

Griffin Gardner, age 7, with his first Lake Purdy bass on April 22

 Big Bass are ready to Bite

Janice Howard caught this 3.5 lb large mouth bass trolling a crank bait 4/8


Fishing Report 4/26/2017
Alert: Spotted bass are hitting Lizards and shallow running crank baits
 Water Temperature: 77 degrees. Lake level is at full pool and now is stable and prime color for fishing.  Spotted bass are now on the rocky points and edges hitting plastic lizards.  They often pull off the legs and tails of lizards.  When this happens switch to the smaller 4" lizard to land more bass.  Many of the Crappie near the banks are smaller males.  Larger female crappie have move deeper to post spawn areas.  Early in the morning and late in the afternoon shallow diving crank baits are also effective.  Look for schools of bait fish rising near the surface, bass and crappie will be close by.

 Ed Tristan and Trevor Offord with two 2lb and one 1.75lb crappie on 4/22
Here are a couple of tips for crappie
1. Don't miss the fish in shallow water. Many fish are in less than two feet of water.  Many bank fishermen throw out over fish which are right under their feet on the bank.
2.  When fishing the bank with a boat look for less impressive stick ups and structure.  The obvious shallow water large trees have been fished often since the middle of February.  Look for spots which other fishermen have overlooked.

Mike Henry caught this 8 lb 2 oz Large mouth and released it in Lake Purdy on 3/23

March is time to get serious about

Crappie fishing

Lake Purdy now open 6AM to 7PM

Jonathan Scoggins caught a double limit (60 crappie) on 3/21

Lake Purdy is almost back to full pool. A great photo by

Alabama Aerial Photography on 3/16/17.

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Lake Purdy has immediate openings for
Part Time Landing Assistants
Responsibilities include loading and unloading equipment and instructing patrons in the safe operation of all rental boats.
Applicants must own a reliable vehicle and be willing to work weekends and early mornings.  Stating pay is $9 per hour plus tips, approximately 20 hours per week. Must apply in person at Lake Purdy, 3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham, AL 35242

Kailey and Kevin Camp with Stephanie and Grayson Lovelady. They used Monkey Milk jigs on 2/26 to catch a nice stringer of crappie.

Now is the Time for the 

Lunker Bass

Don Davis with 6.5 lb bass 3/7

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.

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 7PM
Everyday but Monday

Hours: 6AM till 7:00PM 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



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 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.

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 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

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 - 7PM
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 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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