Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing

Back to School Special

Rent any motor boat or fully rigged bass boat for 3 hours and keep it for up to 6 hours.
Tuesday Through Friday

Wes Prewett took advantage of the Back to School Special to bag this 29 lb carp by bow fishing on August 13th.

Jonathan McMillen, inventor of the famous"Jaw Jacker Jig" with a 5.68 lb Spotted Bass caught on August 6th

Charlie Webster with a mess of nice crappie caught with minnows on August 5th.

Fishing Report 8/10/2017
Good fishing on rainy days at Lake Purdy.  The rain has cooled the lake down and the wind has been calm.  Many schools of bait fish are busting the surface. This makes for good fishing all week and it should continue into the weekend

This is a fully rigged bass boat you can rent with the "Back to School Special" for only $85 for six hours, Tuesday through Friday.

Big Bass Contest

Cash for Lunkers

Cash Winner

Carlos Gonzalez got this 5.5 lb large mouth on the last day of July to win the $100 prize for the biggest bass of the month.  He was using a shaky head worm.  After he weighed the fish at the store he then released this lunker back into the lake to fight another day.

Family Pontoons available starting at $125 for three hours

 Summer Hours

 Weekends Fri-Sun 6AM-8PM
Weekdays Tues-Thurs 6AM-7PM 
Closed Mondays

First timer, Jeffrey Williams, caught some nice bass on his first try at Lake Purdy August 16.

Kyler and Macii with catfish they caught with a shiner minnow

 Water Temperature: High 80s on the surface. Water Clarity is murky above the Grantsmill Road bridge and in Cox's Creek. in the main lake the water clarity is stained which is a good color for catching crappie and bass. Good colors for stained water are white and chartreuse.

Issac Whetstone and his brother caught a net full of crappie

James Gothard caught this 2 1/4 lb crappie with one of the large crank baits he alters and designs.
 Fresh water  pouring into the lake from rain earlier in the week has turned on the catfish and crappie as well. Water temperature has dropped to 87 degrees and the water is murky above the bridge areas.  The Main lake has a good stain, just right for fishing.  Brandon Brazil, pictured below, used a crank bait to catch a variety of big crappie and bass this week. His advice is "you can always catch fish with a crank bait.  You just need to find the right color and right depth."

Brandon Brazil with Crappie and bass caught in the rain

Kambria and Ezra Reeves used a red worm to catch their catfish on 5/23.  Rain  brings out the catfish.  You can use night crawlers or rooster livers.

Friday Night Tournament 2017

Renda Team back to winners circle in week 19

   Paul Renda, fishing with Ken Clark in Week 19, captured first place with 10.49 lbs of total weight and also got the Big Fish of the night with the  3.15 lb Spotted Bass pictured above.  Roger Williamson and Mitchell Clay got second this week with 4.59 lbs. Mike Wolfe, fishing by himself, got third with 4.33 lbs.  Only 6 teams participated on this night due to the traffic delays caused by the paving of Highway 119.  The work should be finished soon but if you are coming from Leeds or Odenville you may want to travel via Rex Lake Road to Grantsmill Road. 
   Only three more weeks left in the 2017 season so take advantage of the half price boats by joining in the competition Fridays from 6PM till Midnight.

The Series Leader Board through Week 19

1.* Mike Forrester / Chris Leathers  214.5 pts  $1195  130.88 lbs 
2.* Paul Renda / Gap Renda           182 pts    $816     117.01 lbs4.* Mike Wright/ Mason Wright         119 pts   $190     75.63 lbs 
3.* Mike and Mason Wright              128 pts     $190     82.31 lbs
4.* Mike Wright/ Mason Wright         119 pts   $190     75.63 lbs 3. 4.* Mike Wright/ Mason Wright         119 pts   $190     75.63 lbs 4.* Jeff England/ Tony Marlowe        120 pts     $698    77.39 lbs  5.* Eddie Buzbee / Philip Hyche       113 pts    $426    75.88 lbs  6.* Jonathan McMillen/ M. Poyner    94 pts    $518      53.91 lbs  7.* Roger Williamson/Mitchell Clay     89 pts    $276    47.09 lbs
8.* Mike Wolfe/ Nicholas Wolfe      79 pts    $123     36.42 lbs
9.* Mike and Dennis Falkner              62 pts     $141     26.14 lbs
10. Hayden Teems / Alex Smeraglia
   50 pts    $292     29.97 lbs

* Indicates teams that have qualified for the classic by fishing at least 10 contest during the season.  With 4 weekly contest left the following teams can also qualify for the end of the season Classic on September 8th.
Hayden Teems/ Alex Smeraglia    7 contest
Fred Therrien                                 7 contest

Jesse Mason and Gregory George with a double limit of crappie

Here are a couple of tips for crappie
1. Most of the big crappie have moved off the bank out to post spawn areas in 8 to 15 feet of water.  Still count on tuffie minnows as the best bait.  If fishing is tough, try adding a Power Bait crappie nibbler to a live minnow or  jig.  The scent and sparkles will often trigger strikes from reluctant crappie.
2. Don't fight the wind, drift with a pontoon in deep water.  Position the boat up wind and sink a minnow or jig 3 to 6 feet under a float on both sides of the boat.  You will eventually drift through a school of bait fish and pick a few crappie by the end of your trip.

Johnny Walker with 2 lb cat caught with a night crawler on Father's Day

Maybe you should work at Lake Purdy
We are looking for marine motor and equipment manager
 Responsibilities include maintenance of all rental equipment

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

Alan Wellbaum with a spotted bass on a Carolina rigged lizard

You will catch fish once you master this technique.
Bass Report:  My best tip for catching bass on Lake Purdy is to learn how to rig and fish a Carolina Rig for plastic worms and lizards.  This rig features a 1/2 to 1 oz egg sinker followed by a couple of glass beads and then a barrel swivel.  On the other side of the swivel tie a 4 foot leader in front of a good offset worm hook rigged with a plastic lizard or worm.  You can throw this rig a mile because of the weight.  It also sinks quickly to the bottom where you want to feel your weight bouncing off pea gravel or rocks.  This if where you can expect to get bit by spotted bass.  If the bottom doesn't feel like anything, you are just fishing empty muddy banks which don't hold many fish.  Pick up and cast to the next point.  Stick with it.

New Hours open Weekends till 8PM
Tues-Thurs 6AM to 7PM
Closed most Mondays Except for Holidays

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.

Hours: 6AM till 7:00PM Tues-Thurs

6AM till 8PM Weekends Fri-Sun

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


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

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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