8. Lake Jordan
This 6,800-acre impoundment on the Coosa River has more than 188 miles of shoreline. It’s located about 25 miles north of Montgomery in central Alabama. The rocky headwaters provide excellent spotted bass action during power generation for anglers who bounce jigs and Carolina rigs through the rocks, and the spots occasionally exceed 5 pounds. For largemouth, the shorelines, docks and causeways downstream are more productive, and there’s a good nighttime fishery here in summer around well-lit structures.
Public and private boat ramps, as well as several private marinas, provide access on Jordan. Two popular public boating access areas include Bonner’s Point on the west side of the lake and Rotary Landing to the east. Several private marinas located on the main lake and upriver near Mitchell Dam also include boat ramps. Topographic maps of Lake Jordan are available at local marinas and sporting goods stores. The Bouldin Canal on the south end of the lake turns on when the gates are open, creating a strong bass bite. Contact Alabama Power Company at 1-800-LAKES11 for tentative generation schedules. Find more information at Montgomerychamber.com.
For more information on the Alabama Bass Trail, visit AlabamaBassTrail.org.