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Duck River Reservoir (W.C. Mann for The Tribune)

CULLMAN - As The Cullman Tribune reported exclusively last week, the Duck River Reservoir is opening Tuesday, July 17.

The Cullman Economic Development Agency alerted the media late Monday night: "The reservoir will open to the public at 10 a.m. tomorrow following the ribbon cutting. In order to fish, all must have the attached permit (see below) with them. It is free. It can be picked up at the boat ramps or downloaded via link from www.cullmanal.gov or from Duck River Facebook page."

Utilities Board Manager Mike Manning told The Tribune that 22 miles of trails around the reservoir will officially open, and that the reservoir itself will be open for pier fishing and to boats and watercraft of 25 horsepower or less.

Duck River Reservoir Manager Tim Scott said that the lake is stocked with Florida Bass and Alabama Bass, which are also known as Spotted Bass.  The two populations are being monitored and DNA tested and are expected to cross breed. Other fish have been introduced, as well. The reservoir stock includes (including current fishing limits):

  • Florida and Alabama Bass - catch and release only
  • Bluegill and Redear Bream - maximum 20 fish of any size
  • Black Crappie - maximum 30 fish which must be 9 inches or longer
  • Channel Catfish - no limit.  This is a young population that is considered not large enough to catch, yet.

Scott insisted that, because the lake and its fish populations are still maturing, fishing limits will be strictly enforced.

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