Huntsville Fishing

Drop Your Line




Huntsville fishing is one of the most treasured activities throughout the region. There are thousands of acres of parks and wildlife preserves throughout the area. However, there are only a few areas where visitors are able to fish legally in Huntsville, Alabama.

This is done to protect the fish and wildlife in those regions. Anyone who is 12 years or older who wishes to fish needs to purchase a fishing license. You can do this at city hall or through numerous fishing outlets in the city.

There are 105 acres of land that's located about eleven miles east of Huntsville in the city of Gurley, Alabama where Madison County State Public Fishing Lake is located. This is the largest and the most commonly used lake for anglers in the county.

You can visit from February through November and from sunrise to sunset six days per week. Currently it isn't open for visits on Wednesdays.

When you arrive, you'll find a wide assortment of fish to choose from including:

  • Largemouth bass year round with the best season being from March through May

  • Rainbow trout are stocked and are available after Thanksgiving for fishing. They're also available in the winter months.

  • Channel catfish are available and can be caught year-round. However, the best time to catch them is in the late fall months and during summer.

  • The bream, red ear sunfish and bluegillare abundant. They are near the bank or can be fished by boat. The best time to find them is in late spring through summer.

  • Crappies reside in the lakes. Look for them to be in their best availability from February through April.

If you're after any of these fish, this lake is a great option for you. Do plan to arrive early to get the best fishing spot.

Find What You Need

When you arrive at the lake to fish, you can also take advantage of the tackle shop available there. You can purchase most fishing supplies including artificial and live bait as well as tackle at this location. There's also a launching ramp for those with boats.

Other Lakes

The Public Fishing Lake is the most common lake for fishing in the Huntsville area. However, there are other lakes throughout the area.

It's up to you to get permission from the owner to fish certain lakes. Huntsville fishing can produce quality, abundant fish if you know what to look for and how to catch them.