Touted as the “Crappie Capital Of the World”, Weiss Lake is the best place to fish for crappie from March through May. It is also home to largemouth bass and striped bass. In fact, it is known to be one of the best large mouth bass fisheries in the state.
Notwithstanding its popularity for crappie and bass fishing, Weiss Lake is home to large variety of game fish including smallmouth bass, guadalupe bass, spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, bullhead, rainbow trout, bluegill, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, walleye, freshwater drum , common carp, shiner, gizzard shad, spotted gar, shortnose gar, longnose gar, smallmouth buffalo, bigmouth buffalo, black buffalo, bowfin, paddlefish, and rio grande cichlid. Weiss Lake sells the most out-of-state fishing licenses than any other lake in the state of Alabama.
The best seasons for crappie are March through May and September through November. Fish for bass from February through May and October through November. Fill your freezer or have a feast in a very short period of time as the creel limit is 30.
The Alabama Power Company owns Lake Weiss’ 30,200 acres, and fishing enthusiasts enjoy public access and private marina areas. One can camp, rent cabins, or enjoy motel accommodations during their stay. Along the 447 miles of shoreline, fish can be found in shallow flats, large coves, deep channels, underwater drop-offs, weed beds, feeder creeks, and stump flats.
Special regulations for Lake Weiss include making sure your crappie is less than 10 inches; making sure your creel limit of 30 is not all white, yellow, striped, or hybrid bass; and not using more than three rods, reels, or poles at any one time. Don’t fillet your fish on public waters unless you are going to eat them immediately, and do not transport more than one day’s creel limit out of Alabama.