Weiss Lake (pronounced “Wice”) is a 12-month fishery located in Northeast Alabama in Cherokee County on the state border with Georgia. Rated as one of Alabama’s top fisheries, it should make the bucket list for every angler. That’s probably why more out-of-state fishing licenses are sold at Weiss Lake than at any other lake in the state.
For many years known as “The Crappie Capital of the World,” Weiss Lake offers the best crappie fishing from February through April and late fall. White and black crappie can be found in Weiss, with the lake record weighing in over 5 pounds! Many 2-3 pound fish are caught each year to make one beautiful stringer for either the wall or supper.
What a lot of Anglers do not know is that Weiss Lake is a tremendous bass fishery. Largemouth and spotted bass can be caught all year long in water as shallow as inches to as deep as 30 feet. Bring heavy tackle, as Weiss has many rocks, stumps, ledges, and other habitats that let the bass grow big!
If crappie and bass fishing is not enough, Weiss Lake offers striped bass fishing with exciting fights for anglers of all ages. Striped bass of over 25 pounds are caught regularly, so hold on for a fight of a lifetime. Many Anglers try their luck at the large catfish on the bottom of the lake, especially around the large pilings at the Leesburg Bridge and Diversionary Dam.
Weiss Lake is an Alabama Power Company hydroelectric impoundment covering 30,200 acres. Weiss Lake fishery is a major economic influence in Cherokee County, and the locals treat anglers very well. Five free public access areas and many privately run marinas service Weiss Lake. Campgrounds, RV Parks, motels, condos, houses, and rental cabins dot the lake’s shoreline. Weiss Dam has a public fishing pier that local anglers say is ideal for catching stripe when the water is being pulled.