Lewis Smith Lake is known for great crappie and bass fishing but did you know that rainbow trout have been stocked in the tailwaters below Smith Dam since 1974?
Cold water released from the bottom of Smith Lake keeps the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River the right temperature for the trout to thrive. Trout are stocked monthly to replenish the population as they do not reproduce.
The river's structure has shallow areas to wade and deep holes farther down to fish from a boat. The hydroelectric plant releases water at set times during the week, so check the generation schedule on the Alabama Power website. The release of water during power generation can be dangerous to anglers as well as making it harder to fish.
Camp with us in Clear Creek Recreation Area to fish for bass, crappie and other species on Smith Lake. Take a short, 16-mile, drive to fly-fish for trout on the Sipsey Fork.
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