Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing
3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham 35242
Phone (205) 991-9107
Fourth of July 
Bring the family fishing
open 6AM to 8PM Tuesday-Sunday
Closed on Mondays

Jack Taylor with 5.75 lb Large mouth caught and released with a crankbait

Brayden Davis had his birthday party at Lake Purdy June 13th and he caught this
2.5 lb large mouth bass using a plastic worm.

$100 Winner
 for the Biggest Crappie in June

Richard Fields, Jr. won $100 for his 1 lb 14 oz Crappie, The Biggest of June

Mike Williams got his 1 lb 2 oz crappie using a minnow. 
Get ready for competitive Bass Fishing

Friday Night Tournament
 Bass Fishing Contest 2015

Friday Nights 6PM-12 AM, April 3-August 28

Half Price Night Time Boat Rentals, 100% PAYOUT

Jonathan McMillen and Brandon Brashear are on a roll
Win two weeks in row

     Jonathan McMillen and Brandon Brashear have found a summer pattern which was good enough to win both Week 12 and Week 13 in the Friday Night Bass contest.  Their winning weights were 7.37 lbs and 9.84 respectively.  These winning weights were considerably under the best stringer of last season, Rob Smith and Zac Davis's 18.47 lbs. pictured above.
     Also winning money over the last two weeks were Jason Whitson whose 4.02 lb bass got the big fish prize in Week 13.  Jason Priecko and Chris Hallman just missed winning in Week 12, only .11 lbs short of first.  Robert Tunnell and Autrey McCloud finished in the money in their first tournament of the season, capturing 3rd in Week 12. 

Open Tuesday through Sunday 6 AM - 8 PM
Closed Monday

 "Fish don't bite on Mondays" Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
Bream all over the Solar Bees

Kenzie and Spencer Harris with stringer of Bream from the Solar Bees using crickets
Fishing Statistics July 1
       Water Temperature: 85.7 degrees
                                                            (about 5 degrees cooler after summer storms this week)

Lake Level:    Full pool. Water clear and clean

Bass Fishing Intelligence: Word is the Friday night tournament the last two weeks were won with a hand made Bass Jig with a plastic trailer resembling a crawish.  Slow down and be patient.  Some of the best bass will bury themselves deep in submerged trees to find shelter from the heat of the day.

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.  I was on vacation last week, fishing a pond I've never been to.  So I used my go to lure to locate fish, trolling a rooster tail spinner.  I first caught some white perch near the surface then switched to a 1/4 ounce yellow rooster tail which picked up several one pound bluegills pictured below.

Kenthefisherman on vacation last week

Still good Advice:  If you have never been to Lake Purdy and want to catch some bream without much effort, go to the Solar Bees and fish up and down on these pump islands in the deepest part of the lake. The trick is to use a small fine wire hook (size 8 or 10) and light line with no float and minimal weight to allow for a slow fall.

Nick Wolfe with 5 lb 2 oz large mouth caught and released May 30
Get Your Crappie!

Parker Davis used a minnow to get his 1 pound crappie on May 10th

Shaun Meyer with 2 pound crappie on crank bait 5/10/15

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.

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.



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.

Guide, Richy Rich, with 6 lb large mouth caught and released 2/7/15

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

That's one big carp Coy Arrowood shot with a bow and arrow on May 7th

David Wilson with 5 lb plus large mouth on March 4th

   Pictured below is David Moore with a 4lb Large Mouth he caught in shallow water with a spinner bait.

Buddy Bunn with 5.1 Spot                  Bill Campbell with nice Large Mouth
Both caught and released February 7th 

RJ Blackburn with 5 lb Large Mouth on jig January 31

Lake Purdy back to full pool!

John Ard got a 6.5 lb and 4.25 lb bass by bouncing a crank bait on the bottom about 8 feet deep on a cold and windy day.

William and Gary Jordan with a stringer of Cats caught after the rain Dec. 6th

Hours: 6AM till 7PM 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


John Richardson caught a double limit of bass with a crank bait on Oct. 19.  He released all his fish including the 2.5 lb spotted bass pictured above.

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.

Lake Charles caught this 8.75 lb carp with red worms in mid October

Winner! Winner! Winner!

Chicken Dinners

2014 Season Ending Classic
 won by Hall and Carroll

    Zac Hall and James Carroll won their first tournament in the last regular season Friday night and they won they won again when it counted in the season ending Classic, September 5th.  Their total weight of 10.18 lbs won the  evening first place purse of $600. Roger Williamson and Mitchell Clay were a close second with 9.97 lbs which included the big fish of the night.  They collected $490 for the evening which brought their season money winnings to $1,185.  Justin Hefner and John Brasher won the season points championship and took home the most money for the season, $1335.  But they finished third in The Classic only one quarter of a pound out of first.  Twelve teams qualified to fish the season classic and they were rewarded with half price night time boat rentals for the rest of the year.  They also won the lion's share of the $8,180 in prices awarded in 2014.  The 2015 season will begin on the first Friday in April 2015.  Find a partner and join the fun. 
Correction: The previous report on the season ending Classic incorrectly listed Terry Wood as Roger Williamson's partner.  Mitchell Clay was Roger Williamson's partner as corrected in the report above. 
 Fish for Food, Fun or Cash
Arthur Halloway bought some night crawlers and caught some catfish off the bank this fall.  There is never a charge to fish off the bank at Lake Purdy.

Debra Celeri with recent $50 catch and release Bass

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 $50 Catch and Release Bass        Joelle's Birthday Bass

Buddy Bunn with 3 lb spot caught on top water Zara Spook.

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

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.

Terelan Smith used a crankbait to catch this 2 lb Spotted Bass on Sunday 2/23.

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
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.

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