Black Warrior Riverkeeper encourages citizens to go outdoors and enjoy fishing. Not only is fishing a great sport and pastime, but it gets folks down to waterways that they will hopefully want to help protect. There is a lot worth protecting in this area: the Black Warrior River watershed is home to 127 freshwater fish species (Geological Survey of Alabama). In fact, Alabama rivers contain 38 percent of North America’s fish species (Alabama Dept. of Freshwater Resources).
Most of Alabama is blessed with clean water, and the fish in these waters are safe for eating. There are a few water bodies, however, where the Alabama Department of Public Health advises that fish not be consumed. The latest information may be obtained by calling 1-800-201-8208. (Source: Basic Fishing by Doug Darr, pg. 13, March 30, 2009: http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/fishingtips/fishingTips.pdf). More information on Alabama fish consumption advisories is available online. For an overview, visit: http://adph.org/tox/assets/FishAdvisoryInfo.pdf. For the latest ADPH advisory, visit: http://www.adph.org/tox/index.asp?formid=565&id=1360
Comprehensive information about where to fish in Alabama is available here: http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/. With thousands of spotted bass per river mile, the Black Warrior River’s free-flowing Locust Fork is the best all-around fly-fishing river among the Black Warrior’s three major forks (Sipsey, Mulberry and Locust), surpassing its very scenic & biodiverse counterparts in both quality and quantity of fishing.
For a March 2013 article called “Dora man catches [world] record striped bass on the Black Warrior River,” click here
For a September 2012 article called “Tuscaloosa’s Overlooked Warrior Bassin’,” click here
For an April 2012 article called “Alabama’s Blue Catfish State Record Shattered,” click here
For more information about other forms of recreation in the Black Warrior River watershed, visit: http://blackwarriorriver.org/recreation.html
Kyle Mabrey, Professional Angler and Riverkeeper Advisory Council member, with Spotted Bass from Holt Lake. Photo courtesy www.lurenet.com
Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, with a Striped Bass from Clear Creek. Photo by Rev. Mark Johnston.