Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing

Open this Monday for President's Day
and because the crappie are biting

Horace Wilcox with crappie limit 2/15.  Using minnows on a slip bobber about 6 feet deep.

Jonathan and Ben Scoggins with double crappie limit on 2/13

Fishing Report 2/11/2018

Water temperature now 56.8 degrees

Water Clarity: muddy and over full pool.

It has been raining over the past week and the Lake is muddy and running over the dam.  As a result I thought the fishing would not be good but I was wrong.  Jonathan Scoggins, pictured above, caught crappie all day on a cold rainy day last week.  He was throwing minnows and jigs while moving along some steep bank straight across from the boat landing.  I was surprised he had done so well on what I thought were tough conditions.  He said he was looking for a cold rainy day because he had done well in the past in similar conditions. apparently the muddy water and rain warms the surface water and brings the crappie up to the top 2 or 3 feet of water.  This was confirmed in the next few days by Eric Johnson and Zach Parsons.  They also caught a double limit of crappie.  The fish were suspended near the surface over deep water and they were using jigs shallow under floats.

Rainy day fisher

Mack Cochran with 3 lb 14 oz spotted bass in the rain 2/13

Big Bass Time

  For the biggest bass caught from a Lake Purdy Rental Boat and weighed in at the Bait shop during regular hours from now till the end of February

Justin Stone with 3.5 lb spotted bass caught in the rain on Sunday, 2/11.

Mike and Mason Wright with quality spotted bass caught with tube bass jigs 1/27
David Moore, Jr with some of the bass he caught 1/21.  The biggest was 6 lb 11oz

Vaughn Dennis and Alex Smeraglia also caught and released some nice bass on Sunday, 1/21
Fishing Buddies

Pictured below is Alex Smeraglia and Jon McMillen with Big bass caught with big bass lures; "Jaw Jacker Bass Jigs" and square billed crank baits.

              Alex Smeraglia                       and                    Jonathan McMillen

Mike Mason with a 4.25 lb spot on 1/27     Mason Wright with a 4.5 lb large mouth caught while fishing with Riley Underwood who had a 5 lb 11 oz bass the same day
Crappie Fishing has been tough since the cold snap in mid January
Up until the winter freeze on Jan.16th and 17th, crappie fishing was good as the pictures below confirm.  However since then the crappie have had lock jaw.  This winter shut down for crappie is common but it won't last long.  Some time in February the water will warm and the crappie will start feeding up prior to the spring spawn.
Chean Cheng and Bob Ong with big crappie using minnows on the Solar Bees
Hiram Holmes Jr. with multiple 2 lb crappie using Monkey Milk jig
Raymond Robinson doesn't mind cold weather when he is catching crappie like these

More January Lunkers

Memo Perez fishing with Raul Hernandez, below, caught their fish with a crappie jig on January 11

Holiday Visitors Love Lake Purdy

Jason Ihlenfeldt took this 15.25 in crappie home to Wisconsin to show his ice fishing buddies

Visitor Landonn Hayford from Tampa go his 3 lb large mouth with a shaky head worm

First timer, Kaiyu Yuan, got a 1.5 lb crappie

Riley Underwood with 5 lb 11 oz large mouth caught on Thursday 11/14

James Gothard was the first to discover bass were stacked up and hitting jigging spoons this week

The Howards; Kaiden, Kenneth and Little Ken, caught their crappie with jigs
Dre Woodard caught his cold weather bass and crappie by trolling with a crank bait.

Tim Junkins caught his 6 lb 7 oz large mouth using a white lipless crank bait on Thanksgiving eve.  He got snagged on a submerged tree and while shaking his rod to try and free his lure this big bass attacked freeing the lure.  Let us give thanks!
Rick Pearson got the big crappie of the day on Thanksgiving Eve.  A little over 2 lbs caught with other big crappie on a submerged brush pile.

Ryder Cup Captain and champion Golfer, Paul Azinger discovered Lake Purdy this week while out for a motorcycle ride.  He came back to catch a spotted bass the next day using a crank bait near the Solar Bees.

Water Level remains full
Prime conditions for Winter fishing
Harry Blount, Jared Pellescki, and Chris Byars with a mess of Spotted Bass on 11/12

I have been at Lake Purdy for 23 years and 2016 was the lowest I've seen the water level and 2017 is the highest I've seen it.  The Lake dropped only about 6 inches since spring.  And it has been back to full pool since the first week of October. Water temperature has dropped to 64 degrees which is when fish start feeding up for winter.  Minnows are good for both crappie and bass and don't be surprised if you also hook into a Blue Catfish as well.

New Hours

6AM to 5PM

Andy Pomeroy shows the lure he's using to catch big crappie

$100 Winners for October Lunkers
Eric Johnson caught this 1lb 13 oz crappie on the last weekend of October to capture the $100 prize for the big crappie.
Howard Dewberry won $100 for the big bass of October, 4.7 lb caught with a bass jig & trailer on the back side of Goat Island.

Fall Crappie fishing in full swing
Lake Purdy is full and looking gorgeous as the fall foliage is now starting to change.  Fall is my favorite time to fish for crappie.  The fish start moving on to deeper tree tops in 10 to 15 feet and they they usually group by size.  So if you find a tree with a big crappie stay on it because you will likely find more of the same.  On the other hand if the crappie are small on your favorite tree, move on if you want to find the lunker crappie and win the $100 prize for the big crappie of October.  The Lake Purdy store has plenty of minnows and crappie jigs for the fall season.

Chuck Campbell with mess of one pound plus crappie caught with a crank bait

Fishing is picking up for the fall
Don't miss out on a $100 fish
Ken and Scott May caught a bunch of keeper bass on a chartruese lizard 10/18
More Lake Purdy New Comers, Hieu Le and Jade Nguyen from the "Show Me State", Missouri got a nice mix of bass and crappie on minnows 10/18
Jian Liu caught a mess of one pound crappie with minnows on 10/20
Anthony Marshall with a 1 lb 3 oz crappie.  This was the biggest of a full stringer caught by trolling on 10/18.
Mike Falkner caught this 2 lb 13 oz crappie while night fishing on 10/14.  Unfortunately this whopper crappie doesn't qualify for the $100 lunker prize because it was not weighed in during the store's regular hours. 

Howard Dewberry with a 4 lb 11 oz large mouth caught on a jig on 10/12. 

Kerry Cook caught this 3 lb 1 oz large mouth on a top water Zara Spook 10/11

October cash for Lunkers

Must be caught from a Lake Purdy Rental Boat and weighed-in at the Bait store during regular business hours before closing on October 31.

for the Biggest Crappie or Biggest Bass

Brandon Brazil caught this 1 lb 11 oz crappie on 10/3.  On 10/14 Eric Johnson also caught a 1 lb 11 oz crappie.  So they are tied for chance to win the $100 prize for the biggest crappie of October. You have until October 31st to beat them.

for the Biggest Bass
Must be caught from a Lake Purdy Rental Boat and weighed-in at the Bait store during regular business hours before closing on October 31.

The Show off of the Week

Jon "Jaw Jacker" McMillen Stopped by Lake Purdy to stock the store with his famous hand tied jigs. He then went out and caught these nice bass, 2 lb 9 oz and 2.5 lb.  He brought his friend, Justin Stone, who also caught a nice large mouth with the "Jaw Jacker Jig".

Fall Special
Rent any motor boat or fully rigged bass boat for 3 hours and keep it for up to 6 hours.
Tuesday Through Friday
Rodracuz Foy with 1 lb and 2 lb crappie on jigs on 9/23

Lake Purdy Fishing Alert:

     October should be one of the best months for fishing at Lake Purdy. After being at full pool for all summer the month of October should see the lake drop 2 or 3 feet.  On Days when the dam is open new current is created through the Lake and that turns the fishing on.  Another good fishing sign is a dropping water temperature which triggers voracious feeding of both bass and crappie.  During October the water usually drops 15 to 20 degrees.

First Fish
Seth Kalemba caught his first fish 10/6 with a plastic worm

Lake Purdy is full and in top

shape for Fall fishing
Mike Williams caught this 15lb catfish on a fly rod on 9/2 assisted here by Lake Purdy Guide, Rich Richardson

Lake Purdy Fall Hours
Tuesday through Sunday 6AM to 5PM
Closed on Monday

Final 2017 Bass Series Points Championship

Mike Forrester and Chris Leathers win $2080
as Champions of 2017
Chris Leathers and Mike Forrester, pictured above left to right, are the Champion Bass Fishers of 2017.  They finished the year by winning the $500 first prize in the season ending Classic Invitational.  The winning weight was 10.55 lbs.  Mike and Mason Wright captured second and $200 with a total weight of 9.68 lb. The fish Mason is holding below weighed 3.825 lbs.  Good enough for second biggest bass of the night.
The Big Bass and third place in the Classic went to Jonathan McMillen pictured below.  His winnings for the night was $300.
The final 2017 Standings and Statistics are compiled below.  A total of 34 different teams competed in 2017 for a total purse
of $6850.

1.* Mike Forrester / Chris Leathers  240.5 pts  $2080 160.17 lbs 
2.* Paul Renda / Gap Renda           221 pts    $1149    150.91 lbs4.* Mike Wright/ Mason Wright         119 pts   $190     75.63 lbs 
3.* Mike and Mason Wright              155 pts    $414     113.44 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        140 pts    $738    97.84 lbs  5.* Eddie Buzbee / Philip Hyche       129 pts    $426    88.00 lbs  6.* Jonathan McMillen/ M. Poyner    107 pts    $854     70.49 lbs  7.* Roger Williamson/Mitchell Clay    107 pts   $276    71.12 lbs
8.* Mike Wolfe/ Nicholas Wolfe      95 pts    $123     54.26 lbs
9.* Mike and Dennis Falkner              76 pts     $141     38.41 lbs
10. Hayden Teems / Alex Smeraglia
   50 pts    $292     29.97 lbs
 *  designates teams qualified for the Classic Championship on September 9th.

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


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.

Jerry Smith and George York Bass caught with Motor Oil, Chartreuse Tail Zoom worm on August 26th.

Andy Pomeroy took advantage of the low humidity this week to catch this 3.3 lb large mouth bass with a crank bait.

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 July.  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

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 78 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.

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.

Check out Comedian Steve McGrew's Recent

trip to Lake Purdy

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.

Open Tuesday-Sunday 6AM to 5PM
Closed most Mondays Except for Holidays

Hours: 6AM till 5PM 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


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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 5PM


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 5PM

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.

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 - 5PM
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 5PM
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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