The goals of the Alabama Bass Trail are many, but at the heart are three principles that will assure the future of the rich environment that supports a quality fishery and maintains an interest in the great outdoors for future generations.
The trail will help bring nonresident anglers to Alabama, building businesses in the lake and river communities as well as adding tax dollars to state funds. And it will also encourage resident anglers to visit other waters around the state, enjoying the incredible variety of bassing found from the northern mountains to the coastal plain.
The trail will encourage the conservation of fishery resources and habitat statewide, increasing awareness of the value of the bass fishery to Alabama both as a recreational asset and a business and public-funding resource.
In cooperation with the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association, the trail will encourage conservation projects for young people, helping to build the next generation of resource stewards in the state. ASABFA clubs statewide can participate in hydro-seeding, shoreline planting, artificial reef building and other conservation and habitat improvement programs to earn up to $500 annually for their clubs. Funding for the program comes from private resources, not from tax dollars. For details, visit www.asabfa.com.