The Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will reopen on Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the completion of a renovation and restocking project by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) that began in 2016. The 60-acre lake is located at 529 County Road 134 in Fayette, Ala.
During the renovation, the lake was drained and restocked with Florida largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish and channel catfish. In addition, golden shiners and threadfin shad were stocked as forage to enhance largemouth bass growth.
A catch-and-release regulation on largemouth bass is in effect at the lake to allow the original stock to reach a larger size. This regulation is needed because largemouth bass can quickly be overharvested from smaller impoundments after restocking, which leads to poor fishing. Daily creel limits and other regulations will be posted at kiosks around the lake.
Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will be open Thursday through Monday from sunrise to sunset and will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. State freshwater fishing license requirements apply. Anglers 12 years and older will also need a $3 daily fishing permit or a $30 annual Fayette County Public Fishing Lake permit. Permits will be available for Fayette County Lake after March 15, 2019. The annual permit is valid until August 31.
Personal fishing boats may be launched at the lake with the possession of a valid fishing permit. A lake manager is not available onsite, so anglers will need to purchase a fishing license and permit prior to visiting the lake. Licenses and permits are available from license agents located throughout the state, online at www.outdooralabama.com, through the Outdoor Alabama mobile app, at local county probate offices, or by phone at 1-888-848-6887. Processing and convenience fees may apply.
For more information about Fayette County Public Fishing Lake, call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471, or visit https://www.outdooralabama.com/alabama-public-fishing-lakes-pfls/fayette-county-pfl.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.