Madison County Lake is normally open Sunrise to Sunset as follows:
February 5 – November 23: Open 6 days a week, closed on Wednesday.
November 27 – February 4: The lake is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, except Christmas; and trout fishing is available for a $5 daily permit. (Fishing for rainbow trout begins the day after Thanksgiving, and trout are stocked again in December and in January. Fishing license requirements apply in addition to the daily Madison County Lake permit.)
But call the manager at (256) 776-4905 to verify the schedule before making the trip.
Largemouth bass fishing is good year-round, with the biggest usually caught from March through May when they are near the bank.
Bream, bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker), are caught by bank and boat anglers from late spring through summer.
Channel catfish are caught year-round, but the summer and late fall months are best.
Crappie fishing is best from late February through April.
Rainbow trout are stocked in a 1-1/2 acre area of Madison County Lake. Trout season opens the Friday after Thanksgiving. Trout also stocked in December and January. The rules of what may be kept are posted at each lake. Before fishing, check to see what types and sizes of fish may be kept.
Facilities: Clean public restrooms and concessions are available, including a wide variety of fishing tackle, live and artificial baits, and other fishing supplies, as well as drinks and refreshments. An accessible fishing pier makes it easy to reach deeper water without using a boat. Boats, electric motors, and batteries are also available for rent. A launching ramp is available for anglers with their own boats. Boats may have an outboard motor attached, but anglers may not use the outboard motor, only the trolling motor.
Allen Smallwood, Manager