Lewis Smith Lake

Most know this as Smith Lake and everybody knows it as the home of numerous world-record catches for spotted bass.

More recently it has become known as a hot spot for fly fishing at night.

A well-rounded reputation like that makes this lake popular with serious anglers from across the country, but it’s just as inviting for the casual fishing trip among friends and family. Located between Huntsville and Birmingham, this 21,000-acre lake includes winding streams and sloughs, and features steep bluffs along much of its 500 miles of shoreline. Numerous marinas, recreation areas and boat ramps offer access to the fine fishing on Smith Lake.

What you’ll catch

  • Largemouth bass

  • Spotted bass

  • Striped bass

Today’s Weather


Seasonal Temperatures

Jan37° F55° F
Feb38° F57° F
Mar46° F66° F
Apr53° F73° F
May61° F81° F
Jun68° F88° F
Jul70° F90° F
Aug70° F90° F
Sep66° F86° F
Oct55° F76° F
Nov44° F64° F
Dec38° F55° F

Area Lodging & Boat Ramps

About the Area

Public areas offer recreational opportunities on and off the water, from the famed Smith Lake to the Sportsman Lake and Hurricane Creek county parks. There’s also adventure to be found at the state’s first Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park. The 1,400-acre Stony Lonesome Park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians and much more. There are more traditional attractions, too, for those who don’t want to play in the dirt! Nearby, visitors find camping, bed-and-breakfast inns and national hotel chains for lodging options.

Walker County Chamber of Commerce
204 19th Street East, Suite 101
Jasper, Alabama 35501

Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce
301 2nd Avenue, SW
Cullman, Alabama 35056-1104