The Clarkson Covered Bridge near Lewis Smith Lake is a functioning piece of history, as it survived the Battle of Hog Mountain in 1863. Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House, LLC, will get you charged for a day on the lake, and Hunan Chinese Buffet satisfies the appetites of small and large groups alike. When the hunt turns from fish to antiques, look no farther than Finders Keepers Cullman; with 150 booths of craftsman gifts and treasures to scour, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
Smith Lake has over 500 miles of shoreline for camping, and 21,200 acres of clear water for sport fishing, skiing, and boating. Smith Lake draws campers, fishermen and recreational boaters from all over the Southeast. It is located midway between Birmingham and Huntsville. Smith Lake serves as a perfect get away for individuals in both metro areas. Smith Lake is probably the largest and definitely the cleanest lake in Alabama.
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Smith Lake contains over 70 species of fish. The dominant species are spotted bass, large mouth bass, crappie and blue gill. Gulf Coast striped bass and Florida large mouth bass have been stocked annually in the lake since 1980. It is very common for the striped bass to be in the 30 pound range. Striped bass in the 40 plus pound range are present. Seth Lucas and Amy Sorenson set World Record catches in Smith Lake.
The Lewis Smith Lake is ranked as the number one lake in Alabama for spotted bass fishing and number three for crappie. Five world record catches for spotted bass is held by Smith Lake; a state record was set by a 32.8 stripped bass catch. Holder of five previous World Record spotted bass catches and highly rated in the state as a trophy saltwater striped bass fishery. The current lake record is 45 lbs. A deep, clear lake with feeder streams, bays and sloughs. Rainbow trout fishery is located on the Sipsey Fork. It is a deep, clear lake with dozens of different feeder streams, winding bays, and sloughs. Steep bluffs cradle much of the lake, with water depths dropping as deep as 60 or 70 feet just a few yards offshore. The water often appears emerald green, and a bass that strikes a lure 10 feet down can be seen as it hits. Access to the lake is easy from Cullman via Alabama Highway 69.
Anglers begin their search for spotted bass on Smith Lake by fishing points, and because there are hundreds of coves along the shoreline, there is no shortage of points. Smith Lake is a difficult lake on which to pattern the bass because the fish are frequently moving as they follow their main food source, crawfish. The big bass months on Smith Lake are February, March and early April with October and November being excellent times. Action continues through the summer, but is best very early and late, or at night. Crappie action is best in April or May with striped bass hunting good year-round.
There are several well-known fishing areas on Smith Lake, with Dismal Creek being the most famous with two world spotted bass having been caught here. Other good spots are Brushy Creek and Rock Creek. There is no a great deal of standing timber in this impoundment, so crappie anglers concentrate in the backs of coves, along some of the shallow shorelines, at feeder streams and near piers and boathouses. The Gulf Coast strain of striped bass that has been stocked in Smith Lake since 1982 are at maturity with weights of over 20 lbs. Commonly being recorded. Trolling with a three-way swivel lure produces the best results during the summer with the Red Fin lures being popular in late
Alabama Boat Lifts
205-302-0788 or 1-866-504-LIFT
Speegle's Marina & Campground
256-739-0364, 7146 County Road 310, Crane Hill, AL 35053-4303
Duskin Point Marina
205-384-6942, 196 Duskin Point Rd, Jasper, AL 35504-3808
Richard's Clearwater Marina
205-387-2952, 65 Marina Dr, Jasper, AL 35504-3840
Ram Docks Inc
256-287-2227, 850 County Road 225, Cullman, AL
Castle Rock Marina
200 Co Rd 96, Crane Hill, AL 35053, (256) 287-1117
Smith Lake Park - Located on Lewis Smith Lake at Trimble, it is one of the top rated recreational areas in Alabama. This back to nature park offers 200 plus tent and RV campsites, a swimming pool (in season), spiral waterslides and lake swimming, picnic area, shelters, and special events throughout the summer.
256-747-2519, 1146 County Road 941, Crane Hill, AL 35053-2722
Big Bridge Camp Ground
256-287-0440, 21899 County Road 222, Crane Hill, AL 35053-3343
256-747-3828, 3735 County Road 940, Cullman, AL
Country View RV Park
15959 AL Hwy 91, Hanceville, AL 35077, (256) 352-4678
205 4th Ave NE, Suite 102, Cullman, AL 35055, (256) 734-6471
220 Co Rd 1185, Cullman, AL 35057, (256) 734-5853
Local Area Businesses
White Pines Golf Course
256-287-2400, 2320 County Road 30, Bremen, AL
Pace Grocery Inc
205-221-9315, Highway 41, Arley, AL 35541
Natural Bridge of Alabama ~ Hwy. 278, Natural Bridge; (205) 486-5330 The 148-foot sandstone bridge towers 60 feet above winding pathways. Created thousands of years ago by headward erosion of a tributary stream. Found in a forest setting with natural gardens, picnicking, nature trails, and concessions. Hours: Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset, year round. Admission.
The Historic Warehouse District ~ 1st Avenue NE, Cullman, AL. District merchants offer everything from baby clothes, to scrapbooks, from fine gifts to custom invitations and stationary, from quilts to perfume, to premium portraits, elegant women’s clothes, custom embroidery, children’s and women’s shoes and fabulous home furnishings. There’s something for just about everyone in the family. There’s even a place to hold your next party or reception.