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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, striped bass and hybrid striped bass at Neely Henry Lake in Alabama.

Neely Henry Lake, AL

An area favorite for largemouth and spotted bass, Neely Henry Lake is a bass tournament mecca. This 11,000-acre, lake is located on the Coosa River in the northeast part of the state directly south of Gadsden.

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Neely Henry Lake, located in northeastern Alabama, is a popular fishing destination known for its excellent fishing opportunities and beautiful scenery. Spanning over 11,200 acres, the lake offers anglers a variety of fish species to target.

Popular fish species found in Neely Henry Lake include spotted bass and largemouth bass. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, boat docks, and points, provides excellent habitat for bass. Anglers can target largemouth bass using various techniques such as topwater lures, crankbaits, and soft plastic baits. Spring and fall are typically the best seasons for bass fishing, as the fish are more active and feeding aggressively.

Crappie fishing is also popular in Neely Henry Lake, attracting anglers year-round. Both black crappie and white crappie can be found in the lake. Anglers often have success targeting crappie around submerged brush piles, bridge pilings, and fallen trees. Live minnows, jigs, and small plastic baits are effective in enticing crappie bites. The spring and fall seasons, especially during the spawning periods, tend to be the most productive for crappie fishing.

Catfish anglers will find opportunities in Neely Henry Lake as well. Channel catfish and flathead catfish are commonly caught in the lake. Anglers can target catfish using a variety of baits such as cut bait, chicken liver, or stinkbaits. The lake's deep channels, drop-offs, and areas with structure are prime spots for catfish fishing. Night fishing can be particularly productive for catfish, as they are more active during this time.

There are 339 miles of shoreline, much of which is dotted with boat docks which offer cover for bass and sunfish. Gravel points and laydowns are also magnets for bass. Crappie are a second favorite here, and the lake also sports healthy populations of catfish, white bass, striped bass, hybrid stripers, bluegill and other sunfish. There is limited access to the shoreline for bank fishing, but two fishing piers are available to the public. The public boat launch ramps allows launching of power boats, pleasure boats and all types of fishing boats. Ten Islands Historic Park has a boat ramp, parking and shoreline accessible for fishing or launch of a canoe or kayak.

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Primary fish species residing in Neely Henry Lake

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Neely Henry Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Neely Henry Lake, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore different areas and access prime fishing spots. The lake offers several boat ramps for easy launching, accommodating various watercraft such as boats, pontoons, and kayaks.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Canoe Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Byrd Lane, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Coosa Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off at the east end of the E Broad Street Bridge, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Greensport Marina and General Store Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Greensport Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Rainbow Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off State Route 77, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Tillisons Bend Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, south side, off Lonz Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping facilities and RV parks are available around the lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

River Country Campground - 256 543-7111

Pineview RV & Mobile Home Park - 256 328-5270

Neely Henry Lake AL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Neely Henry Lake
River Country Campground
1 River Rd
Gadsden, AL 35901
256 543-7111


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Neely Henry Lake in Alabama.

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Neely Henry Lake is a favorite for largemouth and spotted bass fishing in northeast Alabama.

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