View Full Version : Trout fishing in Alabama?
06-27-06, 06:12 PM
Does anyone have any information on trout fishing in Alabama? Has anyone ever fished these tailwaters? I'm wondering if it would be worth the trip if I was in the Birmingham area. Also does anyone know of any others streams holding trout(stocked or wild) in Alabama? I assume they get some leftovers in the NE from trout stocked in northwest GA waters.
06-28-06, 10:09 AM
We have the Sipsey tailrace below Lewis Smith Dam..Alabama's year around trout water..62 miles north of Birmingham..Our tailrace is fishing great this summer. Flying ants are the main hatch, midges in the afternoon-creme and black. Wading is the only way to fish, and the water hovers between 52-56 degrees -even in August. We have some improvements slated-most important is a constant flow that will give us between 50-80 cfs with when water is shut-off-.Right now, you will have a static current, crystal clear water and fish that can see you..Long leaders, and matching what they are eating is critical. The fish get a blast of dissolved oxygen during the week with water USUALLY shut off on the weekends..Hey, it's a tailrace, they will turn the water on you from time to time..We do have a warning siren when they get ready to open it up...Come fish it..
07-04-06, 11:48 AM
I actually fished that tail water about a month ago with my brother he lives in MS so we met halfway in Jasper. We fished all day on a saturday and we wore them out. Average bow was in the 12 to 14 inch range, very meaty fish. I wet waded and it felt great. My brother wore waders and was comfortable, but not out of the water. Most were caught on prince nymphs and buggars, had to strip the flies because of static water, there is a flow, but extremely slow. Water was crystal clear looking like clear green liquid. The trout there travel in schools so if you find one, you will find about 20 others. Its pretty cool because its almost like fishing for trout in a lake or a pond. And the water is so clear that you can sight cast for all of them. Great place to take a beginner, but the rocks are SLICK. Felt is much needed.
07-06-06, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the info guys, just found out i'm moving to Huntsville so I'll have to give it a try one weekend.
07-06-06, 09:30 PM
Can you give approximate directions for Jasper area fishing from Hwy. 78? I should be in that neighborhood next month.
07-06-06, 11:47 PM
Hawgleg, you have a pm.
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