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Chambers County Lake open for Fourth of July


Most of the state’s public lakes will be closed for a few days over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, but not the Chambers County Lake. The lake, which is typically closed on Tuesday, will stay open all week this week, including on July 4th. Though temperatures continue to be scorching here in Alabama, lake officials are hoping that people will take the opportunity to spend their holiday at the lake.

The bass have finally started biting at Chambers County Lake. Donnie Pope of Phenix City shows off two of the ten bass he caught on Wednesday of last week, one weighing 3.75 pounds and the other 3.55 pounds.

And It’s not just for fishing, visitors can hike, picnic or cookout at one of the several grilling locations around the lake. It’s an excellent place for a family gathering.

After next week, the lake will change to their late summer hours, which includes closing on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. It is still open every other day from sunrise to sunset.

As for the fishing, the bass have finally started biting. They started showing some activity two weeks ago, but then started consistently biting last week, lake manager Bonnie Howell said. Howell said anglers are catching them in boats using artificial bait. Avid bass fisher Donnie Pope (pictured) has had a lot of luck in the past week, catching several sizable fish including a four-pounder.

Howell said the bream are being caught in large numbers and with the full moon on July 3, she expects that to continue in the coming days. Crappies are still being caught in the deep waters, and catfish, as usual, are abundant.

A new Biggest Catfish Contest is underway again and will last until July 21. The current leader is at 9.2 pounds. For more information about the contest or the lake call 334-864-8145.