Licenses: Anglers between the ages of 16 and 65 are required to possess either a current Alabama State fishing license or a Georgia state fishing license.
Rick Sacco shows off one of his many big bass from the spring of 2014.
Status of Fish Populations:
- Largemouth bass were not as abundant in 2014 compared to recent years but the average size was larger. Most largemouth bass collected during spring sampling were healthy and plump.
- Spotted bass abundance is increasing in the main river portions of Lake Eufaula.
- Black crappie were abundant based on October 2014 sampling, and the average size was larger than in recent years. Crappie over 13 inches (approximately 1 pound) were common, and many anglers reported catching limits of crappie in the spring.
- The catfish population is excellent. Channel catfish are still the most abundant catfish species, but blue catfish numbers are increasing, with some really big ones being caught both in the main reservoir and below the dam. Flathead catfish have been reported for several years below the dam, but recently several were caught from the main lake.
2014 was a great year for heavy sacks of bass at tournament weigh-ins on Lake Eufaula.
The undeveloped northern section of Lake Eufaula falls within the 11,160 acre Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), headquartered on Highway 165 approximately 10 miles north of Eufaula. The Eufaula NWR provides vistors with excellent opportunities for hiking, hunting, fishing, or observing wildlife. The Eufaula Refuge Manager can be contacted at (334) 687-4065. The Eufaula NWR is bordered on the south by Lakepoint State Park. This 1,220 acre park offers year round hotel, cabin, and camping accommodations, an 18-hole golf course, 3 boat access sites with a marina, and many more attractions. Lakepoint State Park headquarters is located off Highway 431 seven miles north of Eufaula, and can be contacted by calling (334) 687-8011.
Public Access: Boat access to Lake Eufaula is easily obtainable throughout the lake from the Georgia or Alabama side. Most Corps or state park boat ramps cost anglers $3 to launch a boat. These ramps on the Alabama side include Lake Point State Park, Cheneyhatchee Creek, White Oak Creek, Hardridge Park, and Highland Park. There are no fees charged at boat access sites owned by the city of Eufaula (Old Creek Town and Barbour Creek), or the public ramp at Thomas Mill Creek owned by Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Public angling piers are available at Old Creek Town Park and Highland Park).
Bass fishing quality at Lake Eufaula is assessed from bass club tournament results.
If you are a member of a bass club, please consider being a part of our Bass Angler Information Team. We use information from clubs to help better manage your lakes for fishing.
Contact the Fisheries Section's District IV office for specific questions about Lake Eufaula.
Jug fishing can be fun for all ages, judging from these smiles from anglers fishing in Cowikee Cree in May 2014.