Fishing Report


 Fishing Statistics Oct 29th


Water Temperature: 75 degrees
Lake Level:  Down 7 feet from full pool.

Note: Kerry Cook, pictured above with a 3 lb spotted bass, has become a regular this fall at Lake Purdy.  Each time he comes he catch more and better fish.  Over the weekend he landed an 8 lb large mouth with a crank bait on the steep banks across from the boat landing. John Wilson and others caught nice stringers of crappie and bass trolling on October 28th.




Max Stevens with 44 lb Blue Catfish caught near the Grantsmill Road Bridge.  He was using a Zebco reel with 12 lb test and a dead shiner as bait.

Fishing Statistics July 7
Water surface temperature:  85 degrees surface temperature. 
Lake Clarity:  Clear
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ake Level: dropping fast. Now down 10 inches from full pool

Note: It's the time of year when the lake level is starting to drop. That is usually a good sign for fishing enthusiast.  When the dam is open to augment the water supply, the currents created through the lake turn on the predator fish.  Bass position themselves on the down current side of structure to ambush bait fish moving with the flow.  So position the boat down current and throw a crank bait above points and drop offs and reel it back with the current.
      July is time to take a kid fishing.  Lake Purdy will award four $25 prizes to the best kid's catches of the month.  All kids under sixteen, fishing from a Lake Purdy rental boat are eligible.  Just bring your fish to the store during open hours, 6AM to 8PM and have your picture taken.  We will pick the best catches of the month (any species and not only the biggest can be the best).

  
Byron Mize with 7 lb 10 oz Blue Catfish.  Read tip below to see how he caught it.
 Fishing Statistics June 22
Water surface temperature:  93 degrees surface temperature. 
Lake Clarity:  Stained
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ake Level: full pool

Tip: The rains of early June have filled up the lake which is good for catfishing.  Cash for Lunkers will reward $100 for the biggest Cat of June.  Some the biggest cats are flatheads which like live bait.  So they often are caught by bass fishermen with crankbaits.  That's how Time Isbell caught his leading catfish, 11 lbs 14 oz.  He was using a lipless crankbait on 6/20.  Byron Mize is in second with a 7 lb 10 oz catfish on 6/22.  He catches some small bluegills with worms and then uses those for bait. 

Garrett Langer with 6lb 7oz large mouth    Hayden Cybak with his first Bass 6/6      
 Fishing Statistics June 10
Water surface temperature:  82 degrees 
Lake Clarity:  Stained
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ake Level: Over full pool after midweek rains

Notice: The rains of early June have filled up the lake which is good for catfishing.  Cash for Lunkers will reward $100 for the biggest Cat of June.  The best time to catch a big one is right after a rain.  Look for muddy water running into the lake or quick moving water in creeks.

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

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.
 Fishing Statistics June 2
Water surface temperature:  82 degrees 
Lake Clarity:  Stained
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ake Level:  6 inches short of full pool and dropping

Notice: Bass are right where we expect them to be at the beginning of June. Shakey Head and Carolina Rigged plastics are picking up limits of bass on the deep points of the Old Lake.  Garret Langer and David Smith had their best day of the year on Monday, June 2nd, catching over 20 lbs for their 5 best fish.  They were using Shakey Heas and crank baits.

Fishing Tip for June

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. 
Fishing Statistics May 27
Water surface temperature:  85 degrees 
Lake Clarity:  Stained
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ake Level:  6 inches short of full pool and dropping

Notice: Weather is heating up so come early or late if you want to avoid the midday sun.  Cooling rains are forecast for the middle of the week which should bring in the clouds and improve the fishing. Only 4 more days to win the cash for lunkers cash for May. 


Theo Alpaugh with 4.5 Spot on Fluke       Tim Isbell with 6.7 lb on Rattlin Crawler
Notice: Cold front moved through on May 17th and 18th.  The weather has improved but the fishing was a little tougher early this week.  I heard similar tough luck stories from fishermen on the Cousa River chain.  On Tuesday, May 20th, the fishing for bass recovered for most people at Lake Purdy. Alan Boackle got his bass limit trolling a crankbait 2 to 4 feet deep.  Also on May 20th, Charles Smith caught 6 catfish along with some bream and bass using live worms.

Byron Mize got his 2 lb 1 oz crappie with one of his hand tied "Rone's jigs".  You can get his jigs in the Lake Purdy store and maybe win the $100 for the biggest crappie of May.
 Fishing Statistics May 13
Water surface temperature:  77.4 degrees 
Lake Clarity:  Stained
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ake Level:  Full pool

Notice: Today the crappie started hitting on the blown down trees on the bank.  This was a pleasant surprise.  We figured the crappie had finished their run to the bank since crappie started going to the banks to spawn since the end of March.  Just goes to show that all fish don't move together.  So don't give up on catching the big crappie of May.  It could be you.


Eric Urquiza, Terry Riley and Travis Riley with bass, bream and catfish using
 night crawlers 5/3


Mike Williams was drifting a minnow on Saturday, May 3rd, when he caught this
1 lb 6 oz crappie along with others

Fishing Tip for May
  May is the month to look for bedding bream.  The first to bed is the prized Shellcrackers.  These are the biggest bream and they make their beds in shallow water which are usually found in gravelly edges under trees.  Look for the pie shaped cleared spots or use your nose.  Concentrations of bream give off a sweet, fishy smell. 
 Fishing Statistics April 23
Water surface temperature:  67.5 degrees 
Lake Clarity:  Light Stain
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ake Level:  Full pool

Notice: Very good bass fishing this week.  Early and later in the afternoon top water baits are working.  During the middle of the day try my favorite technique, the Carolina Rigged worm.  Use a short worm and be prepared to pinch it off and make it even shorter if you keep missing short strikes.

Reverend Earl Dixon caught his big crappie (2lb and 1.5lb) trolling on 4/21 Fishing Statistics April 17
Water surface temperature:  67 degrees 
Lake Clarity:  Clear 
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ake Level:  Full pool

Notice: The lake has cleared up and the water temperature has dropped a couple of degrees as a result.  Now it is possible to sight fish for bedding bass.  You should also keep a look out for bream beds, especially Shellcrackers which bed early and in shallow water.

 check out this weeks crappie catches.


Jimmy Todd and Derk Smith with a string of spawning crappie on 4/16

Derk Smith with the Biggest Crappie of the Day 1lb 9oz

Danielle Tsimpides with slab crappie caught with a jig Saturday, April 12


Megan Smith with 1 lb 13 oz spawning crappie on 3/30 using tuffie minnows.



William Sellers with 1 1/2 lb crappie on minnows 3/31.

Vic Smith 1 3/4 lb crappie while trolling on 3/31.

Crappie Time is Here!

Tip:The recent rains have muddied the lake a little but the particles in the water have warmed up the lake to the high 60s.  This was good for fishing, even the bream are now moving up to shallow areas.  Crickets seem to work better than worms this weekend.




Willie Curry Caught this 4 1/2 lb Spotted Bass with a Deep Diving Rapala about 15 feet deep.



 Tip: Bass have been very aggressive feeding up after a long winter.  Many Crappie fishermen have got bass with minnows up on the bank while the bigger bass like crawdad imitations, like jig and pig or digging crankbaits.

Alert: Mike Salter caught these nice bass along with some nice catfish in deep water fishing with his buddy, Howard Dewberry.  They were using Sassy Shads rigged on light line so they could get their baits down in very deep water in the Narrows at the end of Goat Island.
 

Notice: Fishing License are only available this year online at outdooralabama.com 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.


Call the bait store for daily conditions, 991-9107

Submitted by: Kenthefisherman,  call 205 991-9107 for more information.

 
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