Lake Purdy, Let's Go Fishing

Extended Summer Hours

6AM to 8PM
Everyday but Monday
One of our employees, Gary Franklin (aka Worm) has been catching nice 2 and 3 lb Spotted bass with plastic worms this week.  On your next visit if you throw him a bone he might turn you on to some good places to go.

Friday Night Bass Contests
Every Friday Night
6PM to Midnight

Week 11
Zac Hall and James Carroll win $238
      The Team of Hall/ Carroll/ Hill won the big Fish (3.915 lbs) and total weight (9.98 lbs) to boost their season winnings to $762 while only fishing in seven of the first eleven tournaments for the 2018 season.  The Young Gun  team of Smeraglia and Teems have continued their strong summer capturing 2nd place with 9.215 lbs. And third went to the Old School team of Renda and Clark with 8.250 lbs.  The 2018 season is now at the halfway point with eleven more weeks until the Classic on September 7th.  So there is time for new teams to join the competition and win weekly prize money and even qualify for the big money Classic. 

Leader Board after Week 11
Team                                        Points        Total Wt.          Purse

1.Mike Forrester/ Chris Leathers 125 pts       84.03 lbs        $529

2.Paul Renda / Ken Clark              118 pts        82.19 lbs       $678

3.Mike Wolfe / Nicholas Wolfe     93 pts         67.35 lbs       $492  

4.Hayden Teems / Alex Smeraglia 91 pts        63.07 lbs      $360  

5.Zach Hall / John Hill/ J Carrol   77 pts        53.54 lbs      $762
6.Mike Falkner / Dennis Falkner   64 pts        44.94 lbs       $64

7.Mike and Mason Wright               56 pts        37.64 lbs       $90     

8. Roger and Becky Williamson      44 pts        33.68 lbs       $0 
9. Tyler Wesley /Jeff Stanfield         40 pts       23.29 lbs       $48

Week 10
Young Guns get first win

     Hayden Teems and Alex Smeraglia (The Young Guns) have been on a hot streak and they got their first win of the season in week 10 with a big fish of 4.785 lbs and a total weight of 11.255 lb.  Second place went to Richard Williamson and Terry Wood with 8.49 lbs.  almost all the contestants weighed in the 5 fish limit and series leaders Mike Forrester and Scotty Lewis finished 3rd with 8.07 lbs.
Toney and Josh Caminiti with their best crappie (1.2 lbs) on May 20th. Also fishing with Kim Caminiti they caught a variety of bass , crappie and catfish using minnows and jigs from a Family Pontoon Boat.

Tom Robinson  with 9.3 lb bass caught and released in May

Lake Purdy has 70 rental boats including 12 pontoon boats.  In order to keep your option for 2, 3 or 6 hour rentals available throughout the day, we do not take reservations.
Jamaul Richardson is now is the lead for the Big Bream Contest.  Weight was .563 lb it's the biggest bream so far.  Can you do better?  You may win $100.

Cash for the Biggest Bream

Extended through Father's Day, June 17

Caught from a Lake Purdy rental boat and weighed in at the store during regular store hours
Starting Mother's Day through Father's Day

David Allison caught his 1.6 lb from a pontoon boat on Sunday 5/20.  Lake Purdy has a scale accurate to one thousandth of a pound.  So weigh your fish for bragging rights or to win up to $100.

Crappie and Catfish biting this week
Rogers Rose, Jr with 4 lb catfish caught with a hot dog soaked in cherry jello

Alan Walker with 1.7 lb crappie last week

Fishing Report 6/19/2018

Water temperature now 89.2 degrees

Water Clarity: clear and full pool.

The water is getting hot as the summer kicks in with afternoon temperatures in the low 90s.  But the good news is the night time fishing is picking up.  For the last couple of weeks almost all of the participants of the Friday Night Bass Tournament have been catching their limits with weights between 6 lbs and 12 lbs.
It is probably advisable to fish early to beat the heat and catch more fish.  We are open at 6AM every day except Monday.

  Look for Bream near grassy edges and around downed structure.  And start using your eyes and nose to find concentrations of bream in bedding areas.

Big Bream season is here!

Come and get em!

Pics from the past.  Scott and Mike with Lake Purdy shellcrackers

Bass Fishing 2018

Contest Rules

Friday Nights 6PM-12 Midnight, April 6-August 31

Half Price Night Time Boat Rentals, 100% PAYOUT

Lake Purdy

Friday Night Fishing RULES


 Weekly entry fee of $30.  $5 of each weekly fee goes into the Big Fish pool.  The heaviest fish each week takes the entire Big Fish pool money.  An additional $5 is retained for the Classic and Points championship prizes.  The remaining money will be awarded to the top four finishers for the week when 15 or more boats are entered: 50% to First, 25% to Second, 15% to Third, and 10% to Fourth.  If 8 to 14 boats are entered, prize money will be divided three ways: 60% to First, 25% to Second, and 15% to Third.  If 6 or 7 boats are entered, the prize money will be divided two ways: 70% to First and 30% to Second.  If 5 or fewer boats are entered, First place takes 100% of the prize pool.

POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP:  Trophies or prizes will be awarded to the top two teams in the points standing at the end of the 22 week series.  Weekly points will be awarded as follows:

     1. Points awarded 1st place-8 pts., 2nd-6 pts., 3rd-4 pts., 4th-2 pts., 5th-1 pts.

     2. One point for every legal fish weighed in (5 fish limit)
     3.Two points for every weekly contest entered.


   All teams entering 10 or more weekly contests qualify for the classic Sept. 7th.

 Boating Rules:

      1. No private boats are allowed on Lake Purdy. ( Including NO Kayaks)  2.    Participants can use their own trolling motors or outboards up to 10 horsepower.  3.    All boats must have regulation running lights which can be purchased at the Lake Purdy store. 4.  Boats must fish at least 100 feet away from another boat.

Team Rules:

      5.  Two people are signed up as a team and listed on the Tournament Card. 6.  Contest participants cannot fish Lake Purdy prior to 6 PM start on day of the contest 7.  Two people are signed up as a team and listed on the Tournament Card.  Substitutions are allowed for subsequent weekly tournaments, as long as one of the listed team members is participating.  Participants can only fish for one team.


      8.   No live bait fishing. Result will end in disqualification. 9. Alabama Rigs and similar multi-lure presentations are not allowed. Result will end in disqualification. 10.  NO trolling or snagging. Result will end in disqualification.


      11.  Weekly tournament starts at 6 PM and weigh-in no later than 12 a.m. All live wells must be checked by tournament official or (Lake Purdy employee) before tournament begins. 12. All participants in the tournament must be at the designated weigh in area (scales) NO LATER THAN 12:00 a.m. The scales are located at the entrance to the Lake Purdy Bait Store. Teams arriving to this weigh-in area after 12:00 a.m. will not be weighed. 13.  LIVEWELL:  Each team is required to use an aerated live-well. Guide boats are equipped with aerated live wells and can be used. Teams not using boats equipped with aerated live-wells must have a portable aerated live-well with capacity of at least 48 quarts. Failure to use an aerated live-well will result in disqualification from tournament. 14.  Each team must transport a limit of no more than 5 fish in the team's live-well (capacity of at least 48 quarts) to the weigh-in area to be presented to the contest officials. If a team attempts to weigh in or bring six fish to the scales during weigh-in, the penalty is disqualification from tournament. 15.  Each Team's catch will be weighed and recorded. Each team member must see their weight along with the officials and agree to weight and limit. 16.  Once a team leaves the scales all weights and limits are final. That team cannot weigh again. 17.  All live fish are caught and released.


18.  No more than five Bass, no less than 12 inches in length caught by legal means from Lake Purdy during designated contest time. 19.   A Penalty of 8 ounces will be assessed for every dead fish at weigh-in. 20. If a team attempts to weigh in a short fish result will be disqualification from tournament. 21.  After the team's live-well and fish are brought to the weigh-in area no fish can be added to or removed from the live-well. 22. The contest officials are responsible for applying penalties. Decisions of the contest officials are final. 23. Two contestant officials may not be from the same team.  24.  Once the scales are closed by the two officials NO OTHER FISH WILL BE WEIGHED!!!  25.  All prizes are final after the decision by the two officials. Prizes will be presented by the two officials.

Deanna and Darren Williford                Billy Latham             Jerrod and David Atkins

Ursala Watkins with 1.5 lb shellcracker on red worm on 3/11

March is Big Crappie month


for the biggest crappie of the month caught from a Lake Purdy rental boat and weighed in d
Joshua Williford with 1 lb 13 oz crappie has the lead for the $100 big crappie contest.

Bo Sellers had the biggest crappie on Saturday 2/24.  The best was 2 lb and 2 oz

Gregory George caught a bag full of big crappie on 2/24 by trolling with a crank bait.  The biggest was 2 lb 2 oz.

Rainy day fisher

Jonathan "Jaw Jacker" McMillen with 7 lb 9 oz large mouth he caught in the rain on a great fishing weekend 2/25

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

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

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.

Family Pontoons available starting at $125 for three hours

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
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 7PM
Closed most Mondays Except for Holidays

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


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 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 - 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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