Alabama Barbour County Public Fishing Lake Closed Until 2012

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Barbour County Public Fishing Lake was closed on Sunday, October 16, 2011, due to the resignation of Lake Manager Phillip Duke. The lake is expected to reopen for public fishing in 2012.

For more information, please contact the Fisheries Section of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3471 or at the area district office (334) 347-9467.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit


Retired2hunt's picture

  Something is wrong with


Something is wrong with Alabama's system if a "lake manager" resigns that forces a lake to close to legal fishing for the remainder of the year.  Unless I am missing something relevant from afar I think this is a tremendous failure of the state towards its resident fishing community.  Why is there not an effort to place an interim lake manager?  With today's economy and job market I would think there would be a line of qualified people to step in and continue the fishing allowance at this site until a full-time replacement is named.  Sounds like more information is either needed or Alabama needs to fix their program of lake management.   Looking at the lake's open days it states that they normally close this lake from December 1 through January 1 so 3 months it will be closed versus the normal 2 months.  Not too terribly bad but still need a solution so the public is not turned away 30 days prematurely.