Lake Frank Jackson
Lake Frank Jackson is a 1,037-acre reservoir located on Lightwood Knot Creek within the Yellow River watershed in eastern Covington County, Alabama. This lake is part of Frank Jackson State Park which encompasses over 2,000 acres. This park is located just off Highway 331 on the north side of Opp, Alabama. Frank Jackson State Park provides excellent opportunities for camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The park includes a two-lane concrete boat ramp. Boat launch fees are $1 per boat for adults under 62, and $0.50 per boat for seniors over 62 years old. Entrance fees for the park are $1 each for ages 12 to 61 and $0.50 each for children under 12 or seniors over 62 years old.
Anglers drift for crappie near the dam at Lake Frank Jackson, November 2007.
Biologist Mike Holley holds a good-size chain pickerel collected during trap net sampling for crappie on Lake Frank Jackson.
The crappie population in Lake Frank Jackson was sampled using trapnets by the Fisheries Section of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division during the fall of 2007. Twelve trapnets were set on four different nights throughout the lake, and 75 crappie were collected. The collection contained both white crappie and black crappie, and crappie ranged from 2 inches long to nearly 15 inches long. The crappie ranged in age from 0 to 6 years old, with over 90% of the sample age 2 years old or less. Growth rates were fairly fast for these fish, with crappie reaching about 10 inches long after 2 years, and 14 inches long after 4 years. During the winter months, most anglers targeted crappie by slowly drifting or trolling jigs or minnows over deep ledges and structure near the dam or along the creek channel near the Highway 331 Bridge. As the water warms in spring and crappie move up to spawn, anglers usually catch most fish in shallow water along submerged brush, especially in the upper end of the reservoir.
Status of Fisheries
Bass – The last time largemouth bass were sampled at Lake Frank Jackson, the lake contained a fairly abundant population of bass in the 1- to 3-pound range. The lake is scheduled to be sampled in April of 2008, at which time the status will be updated.
Crappie - Black crappie and white crappie are both present. Fall sampling indicated that the crappie population was moderately abundant, with most fish in the 7- to 11-inch size class.
Catfish - Channel catfish are the most common species. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division stocked 1,000 adult channel catfish in the fall of 2007 to supplement the existing population.
Bluegill – Bluegill are fairly abundant along submerged shoreline cover throughout the lake. Worms and crickets generally work well throughout the spring, summer, and into the fall.
The Fisheries Section's District IV biologists can answer specific questions about Frank Jackson Lake by sending mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Jackson Lake has fish consumption advisory. Information on the consumption advisory may be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site, www.adph.org. Consumption advisory information is found in "A-Z Contents" under "Fish Consumption Advisories."
It is illegal to possess blueback herring in Alabama. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.
It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing.
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