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Gone fishin’: Season opens at Alabama’s public lakes

GURLEY — It’s opening day for the state’s anglers as Alabama’s Public Fishing Lakes return to their regular hours.

DeKalb County Lake is among most of the state-owned lakes that open today. The lake features largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and crappie.

Madison County Lake doesn’t open until Friday. But officials said there will be nearly 1,500 pounds of trout available, to go along with bass, crappie and catfish.

“Many state lakes have undergone renovations and changes in management over the past year,” said Jonathan Brown, State Lakes Supervisor for the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Some lakes will open later this month or remain closed for repairs and restocking. Anglers should call their district fisheries office or the individual lakes for the operational schedule when planning their fishing trip.”

The Fisheries Section District Office for North Alabama is 256-353-2634.

Anglers will need to purchase a fishing license and permit prior to visiting these lakes. Licenses and permits are available from license agents located throughout the state, online at www.outdooralabama.com, through the Outdoor AL mobile app, at local county probate offices or by phone at 888-848-6887. Processing and convenience fees may apply.

Most state public fishing lakes offer boats for rent ($5) and launching of private fishing boats ($3). A daily permit and state fishing license are required to fish in the lakes. Anglers may fish from the pier, bank, rental boat or personal boat.

Madison County Lake’s Facebook post from last week showed excitement.

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