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Madison County Lake is a Reservoir in Madison, Alabama.

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This 105 acres lake is located 11 miles east of Huntsville in Gurley, Alabama.

Madison County Lake is normally open Sunrise to Sunset as follows:
February 1 – November 30: Open 6 days a week, closed on Wednesday.
December 1 – January 31: The lake is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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. Fish 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.

Fishing Description: 

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.

Facilities and Parks: 

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.

Boat Ramp: 

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.

Launch Permit for Personal Boat $3.00


Licenses and Permit Requirements

Resident Alabama State Rod and Reel License (annual) $12.00
Alabama (Resident) Wildlife Heritage License (annual) $10.00
Non-Resident Alabama Fishing License (7-Day Trip and Annual Available) varies
Daily Fishing Permit in addition to license (age 12 and older) $3.00
Trout Daily Fishing Permit in addition to license $5.00
Boat Rental Permit (Daily fishing permit also required.) $5.00

Rental Equipment

Life Preserver (PFD) (Boater required to have own PFD or rent PFD.) $1.00
Anchor $1.00
Paddle $0.50
Trolling Motor $8.00
Battery $6.00


Worms (big red worms and night crawlers) $2.85
Crickets (half tube - approximately 50) $1.85
Crickets (full tube - approximately 100) $3.79
Toughie Minnows (fathead minnows) (dozen) $1.25
Rooster Liver $2.25

Directions to Lake: 

From Huntsville, take U.S. Highway 72 east for 5 miles, then left on Ryland Pike Road for 6-1/2 miles (through Maysville) to County Lake Road, right 1 mile to Madison County Lake (aerial view).

Madison County Lake
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