Fishing at Aliceville Reservoir, Alabama
Since being impounded in 1980 by the Army Corps of Engineers, Aliceville Lake is best known for its largemouth bass and crappie fishing. There is a good abundance of bass up to 18 inches, with a moderate number of larger bass present. Sampling in the spring of 2006 revealed that the number of larger bass in the preferred and trophy categories had declined from previous collections. The 2007 BAIT Report, however, lists Aliceville the top bass fishing lake. The harvestable bass population primarily consists of fish between two and four years of age that range from 10 inches to 18 inches in length. Crappie fishing in this reservoir is generally outstanding, and growth and recruitment were above statewide averages during fall sampling activities. Crappie catch rates in this reservoir are excellent. Since October 1993, there has been a 9-inch minimum length limit on crappie. Currently 9- to 12-inch crappie are abundant in this reservoir.

Aliceville has an excellent tailwater fishery for catfish, crappie, bass, and drum. A fishing pier located on the west bank at Aliceville Reservoir immediately below the dam provides a platform for anglers to fish the tailwaters of Aliceville. Popular top water baits on this lake include willow-leaf spinning lures, Jitterbugs, Torpedo and stick baits. However, many anglers prefer the traditional plastic worm or lizards to catch largemouth bass along submerged weed beds, or along the border of emergent lilly pads or American lotus. Bluegill and redear sunfish are very abundant, and are often found in backwater coves or sloughs near underwater structure. Crickets and small spinner baits are effective for catching these species of sunfish.
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