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Lee County Public Fishing Lake


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LEE COUNTY
STATE PUBLIC FISHING LAKE,
near Opelika, Alabama

10060 Lee Road 146
Opelika, AL 36804
334-242-3471

Video about reworking the lake in 2012.

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Directions:
From Auburn:
Moore's Mill Road (Lee Road 146) 9 miles from I-85, Lee County Lake on the right.
From Columbus GA & Phenix City:
Highway 80 to Crawford, turn right on Alabama 169, go 9 miles (Depress Motor Co.), turn left on Stringfellow Road (Lee Road 146), 1-1/2 miles to Lee County Lake on the left.
Lee County Lake is a 130 acre lake located 6 miles southeast of Opelika (or 9 miles east Auburn).

ALL INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Lee County Lake is open Sunrise to Sunset as follows:
July 1: the lake is closed temporarily pending a contract with a new Lake Manager (Concessionaire).
But call the manager at 334-750-0546 to verify the schedule before making the trip.

 

The rules of what may be kept are posted at each lake. Before fishing, check to see what types and sizes of fish may be kept.

Fishing: The bottom of the lake was reworked in 2012. Numerous trees were drug onto the lake's bottom. Other structures were added.
After being renovated, Lee Co. Lake reopened in June 2013.  Since then, bass and bream fishing has been much better than it has in the past. Specifically, the lake has attracted many bass fisherman. The young bass are very aggressive. The lake closed for the winter and reopened in February.
Two-year-old bassBass: Anglers report that the bass are still very active, especially around the sunken trees that were added to the lake when it was dry.
Lee was sampled on March 10, 2014, and bass were still off shore in the brush piles, but some were moving toward shallow water. The average size of the original stock of bass is about 13-14 inches. But there are several between 15 and 17 inches. The biggest bass observed that day was 4.2 pounds.
Now would be a great time to get out on the lake to catch one of these bigger female bass moving toward the bank.
Currently, the bag limit on bass is 10 fish for each angler; however, all bass over 16 inches must be released.  This regulation will help protect some of the larger individuals of the original stock, so that they might become trophy size.
Catfish: During the renovation of Lee Co. Lake in 2011, WFF personnel created an area that could be blocked off with a net encompassing about 1-acre. This area was used to hold catfish for the first few weeks the lake was open this year to provide anglers with incredible catch rates. In January 2014, approximately 2,000 adult catfish were put inside this area while several thousand additional catfish were released in the main lake. According to manager of the lake, Mr. Dwight Lake, this area was very popular and anglers filled their creel very quickly. Over 2,300 catfish were caught from the lake by the end of February, most from inside the net. The net has been pulled.

Facilities: Clean public restrooms and concessions are available, including a wide variety of fishing tackle, live and artificial baits, and other fishing supplies, as well as drinks and refreshments. An accessible fishing pier makes it easy to reach deeper water without using a boat. Fish attractors have been added around the lake. Boats are also available for rent; a launching ramp is available for anglers with their own boats. Boats may have an outboard motor attached, but anglers may not use the outboard motor, only the trolling motor. Camp cabins overlooking lake also available.

Licenses, Permits and Boat Rental 

Normal Fishing License Requirements Apply to Anglers Age 16 or Older
or a Wildlife Heritage License Works
(Fishing licenses are not available at Lee County Lake, but they may be purchased at other retailers, Probate offices, via Internet or over the telephone.)
 
Daily Fishing Permit Required in Addition to License for Angler Age 12 and Older $3.00
Boat Rental Permit (Daily fishing permit also required.) $5.00
Launch Permit for Personal Boat $3.00
Boat Package (Boat Rental, Battery, Paddle, PDF) (Fishing permit not included)  
   

Rental Equipment

 
Boat Rental Permit (Daily fishing permit also required for each person 12 and older.) $5.00
Boat Setup (Boat, motor, battery, PFD, and paddle)  
Life Preserver (PFD) (Boater required to have own PFD or rent PFD.)  
Anchor  
Paddle  
Electric Motor  
Battery  
Rod and Reel  
Cabin (for two)
$39.95 + lodging tax ($5 each add'l person)
   

BAIT

 
Worms (red worms, jumpers, night crawlers, wax worms and meal worms)  
Crickets (half tube - approximately 50)  
Crickets (full tube - approximately 100)  
Shiners (dozen)  
Chicken Livers  
Rooster Livers  

Regulations (partial list; complete regulations are available in the current regulation book and the "Alabama Game, Fish, and Wildlife Law Book"):

(1) Any person 12 years old or older must have a valid daily fishing permit in possession to fish. No child younger than 12 years old can legally be left unaccompanied by an adult.

(2) The daily creel, possession and size limits for each species are posted at the lake.

(3) Fishing is limited to daylight hours, or as specified by the lake manager.

(4) Swimming and wading are not allowed.

(5) Fish taken from the lake must be carried to the lake manager, who will count and weigh them.

(6) No method other than hook and line with natural or artificial bait may be used to take fish from a State Lake. Taking, or attempting to take, fish by any other means is not allowed, including but not limited to: snagging, snatching, trot lines, set hooks, limb lines, jug fishing, spear, or bow and arrow.

(7) Anyone launching a boat at a State Lake must have a valid launch permit and fishing permit.

(8) State fishing license requirements are in effect and fishing licenses may be purchased at State Public Fishing Lakes.

(9) A person fishing shall upon demand exhibit his catch, fishing permit, and fishing license to any Conservation Officer, concessionaire, or other agent or employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for inspection.

(10) No species of fish shall be stocked in the state-owned public fishing lakes. Live minnows used for bait shall be limited to goldfish minnows (Indiana minnows); golden shiners (shiners) and fathead minnows (toughies or tuffies) and no minnow, either dead or alive, shall be released from a minnow bucket or other method.

This information is subject to change without notice. Additional information and rules about the lakes are available from the lake manager, the Alabama Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471, or Matthew Marshall. The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries intensively manages the 23 state lakes totaling 1,912 acres.

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