Fishing at Holt Lake, Alabama
Crappie growth in this reservoir was near or slightly below the lake average, and 9- to 12-inch fish were less abundant in 2006 than in previous years. However, catch rates of younger crappie were the highest ever recorded in Holt Reservoir and two strong year classes of young crappie were sampled. Crappie are found throughout the lake in woody over and weed beds. In 1993 a 9-inch minimum length limit was implemented to protect young crappie. Recent creel surveys show this length limit has been well received by anglers. Another good fishery in Holt Reservoir is bream fishing. Bream fishing provides a good summer fishery in creeks with woody cover and around weed beds.

Since being impounded in 1965 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Holt Reservoir is best known for its largemouth bass and spotted bass fishing. Largemouth bass up to 18 inches and spotted bass up to 15 inches are abundant with moderate numbers of larger fish. Largemouth bass are most abundant in backwater areas. Anglers targeting spotted bass should fish riverine portions of the lake. Holt Lake is a narrow winding body of water which stretches for 18 miles and encompasses 3,200 surface acres. The lake lies six miles northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Holt Lake was formed by the damming of the Black Warrior River at mile 347.0. Construction of the lock and dam was completed in 1966.

Drum, various species of catfish, buffalo, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, and spotted bass are the most frequently and most popular species caught in the headwaters of Holt Reservoir below Bankhead Dam. Tailwater fishing is popular with local anglers, and they are generally satisfied in part due to a "boating lane" which allows anglers access to tailwaters immediately below the dam.

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