Lake Jordan is a 6,800-acre lake situated 25 miles north of Montgomery. Created for flood control, the Alabama Power Company dammed the Coosa River and created Lake Jordan. Lake Jordan has 188 miles of shoreline, a marina, public and private boat launches, a campground with RV hookups, and plenty of fishing opportunities. At Lake Jordan, you can fish spotted bass, largemouth bass, redeye bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white crappie, black crappie, bluegill, and redear sunfish. Bass fishing tournaments are held near Bonner’s Point and Rotary Landing throughout the year.
Sport fishers and anglers alike enjoy fishing in Lake Jordan. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division stock the lake annually. Spring and fall are prime fishing times, but summer nighttime fishing can net you some catfish. If Bouldin Dam is producing hydroelectricity, head to the Bouldin Canal, where fish feed heavily in the strong currents flowing from the dam.
Bass is the most sought-after fish in the lake, and when they spawn, they are hungry and ready to bite. Bass like to hide near natural structures, and Lake Jordan has plenty of those, including points, ledges, humps, rock piles, and vegetation. Hook up a willow-leaf spinnerbait, topwater chugger, walking baits, jerk-baits, centipedes, or finesse worms to tempt them out of their spots.
Crappie is caught using live minnows as bait in the spring or winter. Fish bluegill using live crickets or tiny beetle spins in weed beds in summer. Catfish are caught using jugs baited with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or shad.