Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images by Justin Hunter
Walker County Public Lake will reopen on Wednesday, March 1. The 163-acre fishing lake boasts many species of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and hybrid striped bass.
Recreational facilities at the lake include a boat ramp, two fishing piers, a pavilion, and a concession area offering bait, tackle, and snacks. State lake fishing licenses are also available for purchase at the lake.
While not much has changed concerning the recreational offerings at the lake, several cosmetic improvements have been made, including new flooring in the concession area.
The temporary closure last June was due to the passing of lake manager Charlie Skalnik, and former Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey recently assumed the role of lake manager. Posey and his team of volunteers will manage day-to-day operations while the state of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will continue to manage fish population and fertilization.
“We know anticipation has been building surrounding the reopening, and we’re excited, too.” said Posey. “We welcome everyone back and ask you to bear with us as we get situated, but don’t take that as me saying stay away, please come and enjoy the lake.” WL
Walker County Public Lake, located 3 miles southeast of Jasper off Highway 78, is open Tuesday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset. For updates, follow Walker County Public Lake on Facebook. For questions, please call 205-221-1801.