Lay Lake

Current Temperature:
66°

Est Water Temperature:
50° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.04 (High)

Wind Speed:
South at 05 Knots (6 MPH)

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Lay Lake
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Lay Lake General Information
Welcome to FishingNotes.com Lay Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Lay Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Lay Lake is a 12,000-acre reservoir located thirty-five minutes south of Birmingham off I-65 and fifteen miles south of Columbiana in east-central Alabama. Lay Lake borders St. Clair, Talladega, Shelby, Coosa, and Chilton counties. The primary uses for this reservoir are hydroelectric generation and recreation. Lay Lake is popular for tournament fishing and boating recreation. Seven public access areas offer bank and boat access to the lake.  [Lay Lake. http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/lay/, 01/26/2010]

Since being impounded in 1914 by the Alabama Power Company, Lay Lake is best known for its spotted bass and largemouth bass fishing. A high quality largemouth bass and spotted bass fishery exists at Lay Reservoir. Largemouth bass up to 18-inches are abundant and with moderate numbers of larger bass. Spotted bass up to 18-inches are very abundant with moderate numbers of larger fish. The best fishing for largemouth bass occurs in creeks and shallow water sloughs. Anglers targeting spotted bass should fish riverine portions of the lake.  [Lay Lake. http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/lay/, 01/26/2010]

Crappie 9- to 12-inches are moderately abundant and are found throughout the lake associated with woody cover and weed beds. In 1993, a 9-inch minimum length limit was implemented on crappie to help protect younger fish. Anglers have supported this length limit overwhelmingly. Bream fishing is also very popular in Lay Lake. Bream offer a good summer fishery in creeks with woody cover and around weed beds. The best fishing for crappie and bream occurs in creeks and shallow water sloughs.  [Lay Lake. http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/lay/, 01/26/2010]


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Latitude:
33.095748

Longitude:
-86.484718

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Lay Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

[ Largemouth Bass Info ]
Lay Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
   3.6/5
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Lay Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- use lipless crank baits, swim jigs, spinner baits, and other things that imitate shad. Shad will be moving to the backs of creeks.
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 50 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
Lay Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

[ Smallmouth Bass Info ]
Lay Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
   2.6/5
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Lay Lake at 50 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Smallmouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Smallmouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Lay Lake Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Lay Lake Crappie Rating:
   3.9/5
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie fishing is sometimes at its best with the water temperature down this low. Crappie will be in large schools and follow the large shad schools around in extremely deep water. Find the deepest parts of your lake in old river channels and scan your graph for schooling shad. When you find the school, drop your plastics or live bait down to the bottom of the shad and get ready. Many crappie fishermen will be catching awesome numbers and size of fish this time of year. If you are brave enough to get out on the water this time when the water temperature is this cold, it can really pay off. Be careful out there, remember to boat safely. Never take any chances at these temperatures.
Lay Lake Catfish Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Lay Lake Catfish Rating:
   3.9/5
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arent going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Lay Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

[ Spotted Bass Info ]
Lay Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
   3.4/5
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
Lay Lake White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Lay Lake White Bass Rating:
   4.4/5
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Lay Lake Striped Bass Fishing

[ Striped Bass Info ]
Lay Lake Striped Bass Rating:
   3.7/5
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Lay Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The full moon is right around the corner. The gravitational pull is starting to increase with the moon and sun being on opposite sides of the planet. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. It's always fun trying something new at the peak times to change things up a bit and test out the Lunar Theory each time you hit the water in close to full and full moon situations. Good luck you there.
Sunrise:
07:13 CST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
18:42 CST







Lay Lake Links
DWP Lake Info
http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/lay  

Guide Service
http://www.worldwidefishing.com/alabama/b2731/index.html?page_type=fresh&state_page=alabama&company=Warren+Wyman+Pro+Bass+Guide  

Beeswax Bait and Grocery Lay Lake Guide Service
http://www.beeswaxonlay.com/laylakeguideservice.html  

Beeswax Bait and Grocery Lay Lake
http://www.beeswaxonlay.com/laylakebeeswaxhome.html  

Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service Lay Lake Fishing Guide
http://www.fishingalabama.com/  

State Department of Wildlife and Parks
http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/  

license
https://www.alabamainteractive.org/dcnr/...  

State Fishing Records
http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/fr...  

State Parks
http://www.alapark.com/