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Gone fishin’: many flock to the state lake

The Leons Brooks Hines Public Fishing Lake remains open during the COVID-19 crisis. Managed by Doug and Allie Devine, the state lake provides a recreational location for all.

“The 20 public fishing lakes under the wildlife and fisheries dept. remain open for fishing,” said Allie Devine, co-manager of the lake.

The 184 acre state lake features a boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic tables, and grills. “The lake is open 6 days a week and only closed Tuesdays. Currently the gates open at 6 a.m.,” said Allie.

Allie and Doug tend to the lake year round and manage a fishing post on site called Doug & Allie’s Fishing post. At the shop, fishing permits, state lake fishing licenses, boat rentals, snacks, ice, tackle, and live bait are available.

“We are serving from the window instead of people coming into the shop for their permits, bait, and tackle for everyone’s safety,” she said.

The couple is also taking extreme cautions and implementing social distancing.

“We are also practicing social distancing at the window, weigh station, and while bank fishing so everyone can continue to enjoy fishing at the lake,” said Allie.

The lake is known for largemouth bass, bream, and catfish. Amid the pandemic, it remains a safe haven for all. “Children under 12 years old fish for free. 12-15 years old only need a $3 daily fishing permit. Persons 16 and old need a fishing license and a $3 daily fishing permit,” explained Allie. “Daily state lakes fishing licenses are available at the lake with a driver’s license or state issued I.D. if someone doesn’t already have their state of Alabama fishing license,” she added.

The lake is located at 917 Barney Road in Wing and is closed on Tues. For more information visit Doug & Allie’s Fishing Post at Leon Hines Brooks State Lake on Facebook.