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Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
2200 Ninth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-1100
1-800-458-8085
1-205-458-8000

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Last Updated: 08/17/2014
Fishing Alabama Reeds Guide Service

As you can see from recent pictures, we have been catching some very nice largemouth bass on Lay lake! Although its been hot (in early August), all bass shown here have been fooled on topwater lures while fishing around weeds in 1-3 feet of water with water temps close to 90 degrees! Zara Super spooks, frogs and buzz baits have fooled some big bass with some weighing from 5-8 pounds! One picture shows me with several bass, a 5 pounder caught on a buzz bait, another one weighing about 5 1/2 pounds (caught on a frog) and the biggest a 6 pounder, caught on a Heddon zara super spook...at 11 a.m.! * NOTE - With this weeks predicted daytime highs near 98 degrees for Thursday, Friday and the next weekend I would suggest getting on the water at 5 a.m. (dawn) to have a good chance at fooling some big bass! Or you can always call (205) 663-1504 on Reeds Guide Service...first! Guiding on Lay lake and all other Alabama lakes for over 40 years! Days open in August and September...Website www.fishingalabama.com Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery Owner of Reeds Guide Service Birmingham, Al.

ABOUT THIS LAKE

Lay Lake is best known for its spotted bass and largemouth bass fishing. A high quality largemouth bass and spotted bass fishery exists at Lay Reservoir; both species are abundant up to 18 inches with moderate numbers of larger bass. The best fishing for largemouth bass occurs in creeks and shallow water sloughs. Anglers targeting spotted bass should fish riverine portions of the lake.

In the upstream end of Lay Lake, the tailwater fishery below Logan Martin Dam is excellent for hybrid striped bass. Striped bass are also present. The tailwater area is popular with anglers who enjoy fishing for largemouth bass and Coosa River spotted bass when shad are running along the banks.

Lay Lake was impounded in 1914 by Alabama Power Company; the company continues to improve fishing by providing habitat on this 50-mile-long lake. With shallow water aquatic weeds, wood and rock cover, and dozens of major tributaries featuring deep creek channels filled with minnows, frogs, baitfish and crayfish in every season, Lay Lake is an excellent year-round fishery. This 12,000-acre reservoir is located just 35 minutes south of Birmingham off I-65 and 15 minutes south of Columbiana in east-central Alabama. Seven public access areas offer easy bank and boat access to the lake.

CURRENT WATER DATA

CLARITY TEMP FLOW
Clear 81-90 F° F N/A

GUIDE REPORT: BEST TIME TO FISH

MORNING AFTERNOON EVENING
3am - 11am

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11am - 6pm

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6pm - 12am

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SEASONAL TEMPERATURES

MONTH HIGH LOW
Jan 55° F 31.4° F
Feb 59.3° F 34° F
Mar 67.3° F 40.5° F
Apr 75.7° F 47.3° F
May 82.7° F 56.1° F
Jun 87.9° F 63.1° F
Jul 90.6° F 66.7° F
Aug 90.3° F 66° F
Sep 85.3° F 60.3° F
Oct 76.2° F 48.2° F
Nov 66.2° F 39° F
Dec 57.4° F 33.4° F