Lake Martin News

10/16/2014
Alabama Bass Trail
Decatur, AL – The Alabama Bass Trail is proud to announce two lakes have been added to the state’s popular fishing trail for 2015. The North Division welcomes Weiss Lake while the South Division welcomes Lake Martin. The additional two lakes bring the popular trail to 13 premier bass fishing lakes located…

2/28/2011
Reed Montgomery
LAKE MARTINBy Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service Birmingham, Alabama (205) 663-1504E-mail alabassgyd@aol.comWebsite www.fishingalabama.comImpounded 1926Lake Level: Down 7 Feet; 483.0 ( Full Pool - 490.0)Water Clarity: Light stain mid-to-upper lake / Clear mid-to-lower lakeWater Temperature: Mid-to-upper 50's AIRPORT…

12/9/2010
ADCNR
Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) is a national program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation that uses one of the most popular outdoor activities, fishing, to help youth make wise choices about their lives, while teaching them to respect and enjoy the environment. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and…

10/10/2010
ADCNR
On Friday October 29, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. for the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (AABC) located near Marion, Ala. The AABC is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of rare and endangered freshwater mollusks (mussels and snails)…

8/20/2010
ADCNR
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reminds hunters and anglers that all current recreational licenses expire on August 31, 2010. Several years ago, the Alabama Legislature changed the license year so that both hunting and fishing licenses expire on the same date each year, August 31.Hunters and…

3/1/2010
ADCNR
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division staff along with local professional fishing guide Ben Gross, President of River Region Guide Service, will present six fishing classes on Friday, March 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The classes are hosted by the Prattville Leisure Services Department at the Doster…

2/14/2010
Bassmaster
Bassmaster Classic (February 19th - 21st)February is not only known for the NFL's Superbowl, but it is known for Bassmaster's Superbowl of bass fishing, the Classic. The 2010 Bassmaster Classic is being held on Lay Lake in Alabama. For those of you that may not know, the field consists…

6/5/2009
Fishing News
On Saturday, June 6 Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most state waters. This Free Fishing Day will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week which runs through June 14. Approved by the Alabama Legislature, Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for a…

3/17/2009
BASS Communications
BASS announced today that the 2010 Bassmaster Classic will return in February to Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., site of three previous Classic competitions — 1996, 2002 and 2007.Fifty-one Classic qualifiers will hit the Coosa River impoundment Feb. 19-21 for the 2010 Classic title. As previously announced…

11/25/2008
Boyd Duckett
Last week I was filming a TV show with Aaron Martens on Lake Martin here in Alabama. The idea was to catch spotted bass on topwater plugs back in the creeks. It's a traditional fall pattern on Martin and about as reliable as a fishing pattern can get.Mother Nature had other ideas, however. The weather suddenly turned cold…

11/3/2008
Sam Eifling
The differences between the Bassmaster Classic in 1969 and in 2009 will be profound. The man who won that first Classic, Bobby Murray, remembers the weigh-in taking place on the roof of a floating dock on Lake Mead — a lake that none of the competitors had fished before, nor knew, until they were in the air en route…

10/22/2007
Deborah Duck
What public access ramps are usable on Lake Martin? The fish are biting, but how can you get to them? I’m getting questions every day about what’s going on with the State of Alabama and why aren’t they fixing these ramps? Nick Nichols, Assistant Chief of Fisheries with the Wildlife and Fisheries Division…

10/14/2007
Deborah Duck
What public boat access ramps are usable now? That seems to be the question with the lake level down 14 feet, lower than it’s been since the early 60’s and possibly even back to 1941. Let me assure you that there is still plenty of water in Lake Martin and plenty of fish and they are biting! You just have to be…

10/7/2007
Deborah Duck
Fall Crappie fishing on Lake Martin is on the increase now that we have had some cooler nights. Those long days of summer catching just one or two are gone and if you want to catch a mess of Crappie, all you have to do is get out there! They are stacking up around the bridges and at brushy drop-offs in creek channels. It…

9/30/2007
Deborah Duck
October is here and there are so many fish being caught on Lake Martin, I hardly know where to start! Chad and Jeremy Miller were by Tuesday afternoon and reported they had a great afternoon of fishing on Monday, catching 19 nice bass over brush piles that you could see in the main river run. They were in…

9/24/2007
Deborah Duck
There’s more action on Lake Martin as these cool evenings are cooling the water down and the day time highs reaching only around 90. The fishermen are out and the fish are biting! I had a call from Lee Gant from over at Still Waters last week. He was talking Stripers, that’s the only language he knows! This…

9/17/2007
Deborah Duck
Temperatures are cooling down with the water temperature down to 80 degrees. How will this affect Lake Martin Fishing? It will only make it better. These cool mornings have the fish and the fishermen moving. The fish are biting and the only mistake you can make in September is to stay home! I had a couple of early…

9/9/2007
Deborah Duck
Fall Fever! The cool mornings are giving it to me and I’m lovin’ it! The water temperature is cooling down in the lake and the fish are moving. Speaking of Fall Fever, there is going to be a Fall Fever Striper Tournament on Lake Martin during the month of November. For more information check under the Events Section…

9/3/2007
Deborah Duck
The unofficial end of summer (Labor Day) has come and gone. We sure have enjoyed the rain and the break in the heat. What can fishermen expect in September? There is a Boatowners Alert out due to extreme drought conditions. Lake Martin is expected to fall to 478.5 by September 12th. So we need to continue to use…

8/26/2007
Deborah Duck
Labor Day Weekend – what better place to celebrate than on beautiful Lake Martin! We’re heading into it full force with many opportunities for fun! Don’t miss the Labor Day Weekend Concert at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre on Sunday September 2nd with Sister Hazel and the Robin Hill Band. Gates open at 4:30 PM with the…

8/20/2007
Deborah Duck
Labor Day is just around the corner and is called the official end of summer. I would tend to disagree with that given the temperatures we have been bombarded with over the last two weeks. My last count was 14 days over 100, and I don’t ever remember this many hot, hot days in August! The hot weather is not…

8/13/2007
Deborah Duck
One of our local guides reported to me this week that he has had his best luck from daylight until the sun is up real good. He is fishing humps closest to the river channel using crank baits and primarily a Chug Bug. He reports that the bait fish are moving up into the creeks. So as the morning progressed, he moved…

7/29/2007
Deborah Duck
Summer fishing on Lake Martin in 2007 – it’s better than ever! I’ve had reports this week from anglers who are catching more fish than they ever have in the summer and they attribute this to the water being down. One of these bass anglers was using White Spinner bait with Silver and Gold Tandem Blades and a…

7/23/2007
Deborah Duck
Hurrah for Governor Bob Riley! He wrote a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers last week demanding they allow more water into Alabama so that Alabama Power could release less water downstream. He got the answer we all wanted! So it looks like Lake Martin won’t be dropping below 480 feet, as had been predicted, after…

7/16/2007
Deborah Duck
Using “jugs” is a time-honored southern tradition that the fishermen on Lake Martin continue to enjoy. I’ve had calls from newcomers to the area this week asking just what are the rules and regulations for this type of fishing. There aren’t any, just have a fishing license! And get ready to catch some good fish and a…

7/10/2007
Tammy Jones
Come out on Saturday morning, July 14, 2007 for an hour or two and help clean up and area of Lake Martin at one of the four locations along the lake. Volunteers can meet at DARE Park in Dadeville, Alexander City Boat Ramp, Union Boat Ramp, or Kowaliga Bridge Boat Ramp. This event is from 8:00 a.m. to noon and is being…

7/8/2007
Deborah Duck
Whew! It’s over! The 4th of July has come and gone and we are none the worse for the wear! With the water mark almost at winter levels (481.6 on Monday of this week), the word I am getting from local marinas is that a lot of pleasure boaters are having their rigs winterized, putting them up for this year. They just…

7/1/2007
Deborah Duck
Fourth of July on Lake Martin! There is nothing better! With the fourth falling in the middle of the week, it’s hard to know when to celebrate. Load on up and come to Lake Martin for some of the best fishing ever! I vote to include both weekends and all week long! The water being down is not keeping the fish…

6/24/2007
Deborah Duck
Everyone thinks that fisherman just will not tell you where their fishing holes are or what they are fishing with. I am reminded of my Uncle O’Dane Stearns who caught a 38 lb. catfish on Lake Martin. My brother, Donnie, thought he might do a little fishing himself, so he asked what he caught the big fish on. His answer…

6/17/2007
Deborah Duck
With the news reports of this being the worst drought in our history and lake levels being so low, lots are folks are wondering if they should even bother coming to Lake Martin. I’m here to report that Lake Martin is doing fine with lots of fish being caught daily on the lake. There’s still plenty of water up here folks…

6/11/2007
Deborah Duck
Yes, it’s true. Larry Collins has retired from writing the fishing report each week. Rumor has it that he is doing some traveling and taking life a little easier these days. Larry could always tell us where to fish, what to fish for and what to fish with, as well as throw in some great information on safe boating and clean…

4/30/2007
Larry Collins
Lake Martin has warmed to the high sixties and in some places the low seventies. Sunshine has been nice but we still could use some rain. Fishing has started to pick up with lots of fish being caught. Reports of crappie biting have been coming in along with some stripers up river. Spotted bass are biting all over the…

4/26/2007
Dave Heinzen
Case 1:90-cv-01331-KOB Document 572 Filed 04/19/2007 Page 1 of 2 FILED 2007 Apr-19 PM 03:44 U.S. DISTRICT COURT N.D. OF ALABAMA IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMAEASTERN DIVISION STATE OF ALABAMA, et al., ]]Plaintiffs, ]] v. ] CV-90-BE-01331-E ]THE UNITED STATES ARMY ]CORPS OF…

4/23/2007
Larry Collins
Spring is just moving right along bringing with it much warmer weather. Surface temperatures on the lake this past week were between 58-63 degrees. Fish will soon be moving shallow and the bite will be on. The lower end of Lake Martin has a new live bait tackle shop. Kowaliga Live Bait and Tackle located at the…

4/16/2007
Larry Collins
Get this, water temperatures dropping into the high fifties and this is mid April. On the lower end of Lake Martin last week the fish and bait was off the banks suspended and now with this storm system that passed they will not be moving shallow. Warm days with sunshine however will bring them into shallow water in numbers…

4/9/2007
Larry Collins
Now this cold weather caught us all by surprise but after all we get these around Easter each year. Effect to the fishing is greater to the fishermen than to the fish. Lots of fish being caught with jerk baits but most are smaller fish. I have heard some say the spawn is over but all the fish do not go on the beds at the…

4/1/2007
Larry Collins
A question that remains unanswered about tournament fishing on Lake Martin. Is it good for the lake or bad? It is good for the economy of the area around the lake from the standpoint of income being brought into the area. However it may not be good for the lake in general when it comes to population of largemouth bass. I…

3/30/2007
Dave Heinzen
Several weeks ago there was an initial meeting involving interested citizens, community leaders, and consultants for the principal investor of the ethanol plant proposed for Dadeville's industrial park. John Glasier and Matt Campbell submitted, in writing, a series of questions about the ethanol plant. A couple of days ago…

3/26/2007
Larry Collins
With our weather warmer than normal and no rain the lake is slowly filling toward full pool. As the water continues to warm we can expect to see top water action pick up early in the day. From the first light of day till the sun peaks over the tree tops spring is a great time to throw top water baits. We talked last week…

3/22/2007
Dave Heinzen
Minn. judge may decide water warBy Stacy SheltonThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 03/22/07 The tristate water war that's been fought in four different courts for the past 17 years could be decided in one place, Florida, with one judge, from Minnesota. A federal panel of judges decided this week to bundle the…





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