Fishing at Bear Creek Reservoir, Alabama
A BCDA fishing permit ($3/day or $20/year) is required in addition to an Alabama state fishing license. Pre-impoundment topographic maps are available for Bear Creek Reservoir through the TVA.

During June 2009, TVA completed repairs to Bear Creek Dam. After being drawn down to winter pool levels since the fall of 2004, the reservoir is once again at full pool (576 msl) and will follow the normal operating guidelines as set forth by the TVA. Since the fall of 2004, Bear Creek Reservoir has seen a significant increase in terrestrial vegetation because of the exposed shoreline between 566 msl and full pool (576 msl) elevations. This vegetation will provide much needed nursery habitat for young-of-year fishes as the reservoir’s fish populations expand because of the increased volume of water.

To help jumpstart the catfish fishery, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) stocked 13,230 channel catfish.

To incorporate the Florida gene into Bear Creek's largemouth bass population, 70,000 fingerlings were stocked. Additional stockings of Florida strain largemouth bass are planned for 2010 and 2011. If these Florida bass stockings work as desired, Bear Creek’s anglers should experience excellent bass fishing in 3-5 years. Chances of catching a trophy bass should be increased too, and most likely will happen in 2014-2019.

Crappie fishing should remain excellent. Spring 2009 electrofishing revealed a healthy and dense population of crappie. Crappie anglers should locate crappie amongst shoreline brush or suspended above or near the old creek channel.

Bear Creek Reservoir has fish consumption advisories due to mercury. Information on the consumption advisories may be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site, www.adph.org.
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