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Rainbow trout in north Alabama? Yes, you can catch them at Madison County Lake starting Nov. 25

GURLEY, Ala. – When you think of fishing in north Alabama, we have plenty of bass, catfish, crappie and other species to hook.  You might not expect to see rainbow trout on the other end of the line, though.

There have been efforts to increase trout fishery in our state, and starting Friday, November 25, 2016 rainbow trout season opens at Madison County Public Fishing Lake.

Rainbow trout (Photo: outdooralabama.com)

Rainbow trout (Photo: outdooralabama.com)

To fish for trout, anglers must have a $5 daily trout permit in addition to a valid fishing license. The lake will be open sunrise to sunset Friday through Sunday in December and January, but closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Trout will be stocked again in December and January.

Madison County Lake is 105 acres and is located at 2501 County Lake Road in Gurley, 11 miles east of Huntsville.  Facilities include a boat ramp, fishing pier, restrooms and concessions, including bait, tackle and snacks.  You can also buy fishing licenses on site.

For more information about Madison County Lake, visit outdooralabama.com.

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

Madison County Lake is located at 2501 County Lake Road in Gurley.