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Brrrr. Ready to take the plunge? Come join the Lake Martin Young Professionals on Saturday, January 23 at 11:00 AM and take the polar plunge while helping raise funds for the Lake Martin Resource Association (LMRA).
The LMRA has been working to promote, preserve and protect Lake Martin since its origination in 1970.
“We are going to do a count down,” Jacob Meacham of LMYP said. “At noon everyone will take the plunge together. Then we will have four hours of music from local musicians. Kowaliga Restaurant will be there as well with food and drink.”
It costs $10 to attend, $20 to get a t-shirt and plunge and $30 to get a t-shirt and not plunge.
It is open to all ages with fun and games for the entire family.
For more info, see the Lake Martin Young Professionals’ Facebook page here.
When the weather gets cold on Lake Martin, the striped bass fishing heats up!
Last November I happened to be up near the Irwin Shoals area of Lake Martin, where the Tallapoosa River sort of becomes the lake. Low and behold I saw my friend David Hare there, trolling for stripes around Jaybird Landing. I happened to have my “aerial camera” with me so I sent it out to get a few clips of David and his clients.
David is a super nice guy, and you won’t find a more knowledgeable guide on Lake Martin when it comes to striped bass. Contact Alex City Guide Service at 256-401-3089 for more information or visit their website here: http://www.alexcityguideservice.com/
I will say this, too, about David. He cares about Lake Martin and the surrounding area. He’s from here and lives on the lake and fishes it just about every day of the year. He does not breeze in from another city with flashy marketing yet no substance. You are not going to find him doing stuff like “guides” Michael Perry and James Blanks – who were cited for introducing illegal bait fish into Smith Lake.
It totally blows my mind that people that hold themselves out as guides would (allegedly) break the law like this and introduce an invasive species like blueback herring. Folks from the state Department of Natural Resources say they have also found blueback herring in Lake Martin. I pray that they don’t take hold.
Henry Cowen – a guide par excellence and a nationally recognized expert in freshwater striped bass, told me personally that the illegal blueback herring was the worst thing to ever happen to Lake Lanier.
In my constant pursuit to learn how to catch the striped bass on the fly rod on Lake Martin, I have been fortunate enough to go fishing with a few guides this fall. I will write about all of this later.
But one thing continues to be reinforced to me – if you are considering hiring a fishing guide on Lake Martin, or anywhere for that matter, be sure to do your homework. Make sure you’re not giving your hard earned money to some ya-hoo.
Every year the Renew Our Rivers event helps organize volunteers to clean up litter around the Lake Martin area. Do you love Lake Martin? Then love on it a bit today and tomorrow by helping keep it clean.
November 6, 2015 Focuses on Shoreline and Roadside pickup
November 7, 2015 Focuses on neighborhoods, boat ramps, and Wind Creek State Park
Dumpsters will be placed at Kowaliga Bridge (highway 63 around mile marker 12), Wind Creek State Park, and Coley Creek Boat Ramp. Trash Bags, pickers, and gloves will be available at all dumpster locations. Non household trash can be deposited in the dumpsters Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, from 8 am to noon.
Here at Lake Martin we are proud to be one of the best freshwater fisheries for the Striped Bass in the USA. Fall is one of the best times to fish for them since the water temperatures cool down and the big boys come up from the depths. Above is a picture of a nice striper that one of my sons caught this time last year. We had a cold snap in the middle of last October and it was chilly, but the fishing was awesome!!
I continue to try and crack the code on how to reliably catch striped bass on Lake Martin with my fly rod. If anyone out there has any tips- please contact me here or call at the number at the top of the page and let me know!!
I recently found this article that gives some really good tips for fly fishing for saltwater stripes on inland lakes. Here’s another one (featuring none other than Dave Whitlock) that gives a plug for Lake Martin: Fly Fisherman Magazine. I also have discovered a ton of great fly tiers online – like Brandon Bailes of Panther Branch Bugs.
One great tip I have seen online is to hook up with and learn from the local guides, no matter their fishing method. The above saltwater striped bass was caught when I was being guided by David Hare of Alex City Guide Service. David fishes with bait most of the time, but he has an unparalleled knowledge of the stripers on Lake Martin. Therefore, I pay close attention to what he says! Here are his two most recent Lake Martin Striped Bass fishing reports. They tell you what to expect when fishing in November, and then October (because I was too slow to post it last month). If you have any questions, please contact David directly at:
Alex City Guide Service
Captain David Hare
Lake Martin Striped Bass November Report, By David Hare
Date Written: October 13, 2015
Water Levels 487.15 (490.00 full pool)
Clarity / Clear to very clear
Surface Temp: 70* – 74*
November starts my favorite time for big, big stripers! In fact for the next 8 months the day trips will be awesome!!!!! With water temps cooling down I will be focusing on the biggest of the big stripers by spending most of my time in shallower areas of Lake Martin, then the creek channels, and for sure not overlooking the river channel. Each day I will prepare my bait well with different size baits but making sure I load some of my largest shad I have.
Every year around this time I read articles that some say the bite slows down in the winter because of the fish’s metabolism! Well maybe for some but for the fish that I target (trophy stripers) my action and bites actually seem to get much better. It seems to never fail that we keep our taxidermist plenty of work through out the winter.
If you have trouble with boating stripers just try your luck with much bigger baits including much bigger artificial baits. Again, don’t rely on all big bait but as I fish 6 rods or baits at a time I will always have at least 4 of the 6 loaded with bigger size baits.
Until next time get off that couch and get on the water for a big fish!
As always call me for your trip of a lifetime.
Lake Martin Striped Bass October Report, By David Hare
Date Written: September 11, 2015
Water Level: 488.3 (full pool 490.00)
Very Clear on lower end to clear on upper end
Surface Temp 82*-85.5*
Sitting here on my deck next to the water, there’s a nice breeze coming across the water and feeling early fall in the air. Dressed with a long sleeve shirt on which actually feels good and makes me want to start my fall fishing pattern but I know I actually have several more days before the water temps get me or I should say get the fish in the fall pattern. By the time you’re reading this hopefully water temps have fallen and the stripers have once again started that transition to a new feeding pattern on Lake Martin. Every October, I burn more gas than any other month of the year just staying on these fast moving creatures. Each day can be a different location for catching so I always tell my clients patience as always is the key to landing these monsters and October can definitely test even the most patient fisherman. However, don’t worry! We still come to the docks most days with great catches just a little more gas burned, a little more patience used up and several more baits used up.
Do not overlook any area of the lake this month when fishing, this is one month you are liable to catch a striper anywhere and anytime of the day and yes night too! That’s right, not all stripers are going to switch to the day bite at the same time so if you’re a night owl get out there and boat yourself a night time monster!
All of our bass guides are excited because they say fall bass fishing is awesome here on Lake Martin and produces some very large bags of spotted bass. They will be spending a lot of time in the mouths of creeks in search of the amazing fish. Break out your spinner baits and go see what you can put in your boat. Be prepared for that monster strike from a striper while doing this because, yes, Lake Martin striped bass will blow up on a spinner bait. Just 3 years ago I was talking to a bass fisherman that had boated a 42 pound striper on a spinner bait that morning near the Wind Creek boat ramp area.
For you laid back fisherman that don’t care what bites as long as something is pulling on the line I would suggest trolling some crank baits that run several different depths. By doing this trolling method you are liable to catch big stripe, white bass, crappie and yes, spotted bass! If I didn’t have a umbrella rig I would go purchase a couple to put out while I was trolling. Better yet, put one big rig and one Alabama rig out (much smaller) at the same time to increase your chances, I think you will be pleased at the results. In October, the best trolling speeds is 2.5 mph to 3.5 mph.
As always folks, wear a PFD (life jacket), show respect for fellow fishermen, and be a defensive driver. Constantly watch out for other boaters and for sure this time of year the shallow spots that you do not have in the summer.
Lake Martin, Alabama, is the place to be on Labor Day.
What else would you expect me to say? I sell real estate here at Lake Martin. But the truth it the truth.
Here are a few things to do, a few events around Lake Martin for Labor Day 2015. Keep in mind, they are not in order of importance, just order as they come to mind. If you want the best way to keep up with Lake Martin events, and an easy way to find the restaurants, shops, and landmarks I mention, download my FREE APP here.
Lake Martin Labor Day Weekend To Do list:
Friday Night On the Green – at Russell Crossroads
Saturday Pancake Breakfast – at Russell Crossroads
Saturday Lunch into Afternoon – watch football at The Landing at Parker Creek
The above are all pretty easy spots to find. Are you up for more of a challenge?
If so, then pierce the mysteries of NOCR – North Of Chimney Rock, that is. There is a movement among its adherents that NOCR is always the choice of the Lake Martin fan with discriminating tastes. It’s been described as “the non-palooza side of the lake.”
So I will announce a few of its treasures with decided non-palooza vagueness. No websites. No hashtags:
- Peanut Point
- That Ice Cream Place at Wind Creek Park
- Smith Mountain Fire Tower
- Tying up at the railroad trestle
An alternative to all of this is to go on a boat ride, 1970s style. In the 1970s, little grasshoppers, there were no cell phones. There were no land line phones, either, pretty much, because there was no sense in paying for service (and leasing a phone) for only half of the year. So when we went to see friends, we could not call them to see if they were there ahead of time. We just drove over there, totally without notice and without a sound track. We were also probably drinking real Cokes, too.
Downside – yes, there were strikeouts. But the upside is that when you found someone at home, it was a real treat. As the person who is potentially being visited, I can tell you it is great. Back in the 70s, when you saw another boat driving towards you in your slough, well, it was better than a package from Amazon.
The new restaurant here on Lake Martin, The Landing at Parker Creek, just opened! I decided to go down and video the area, take a look in the video below. PLEASE NOTE: The Landing’s # is (205)410-6190!! Please don’t call me unless you want me to try and sell you some real estate!!
The restaurant has a unique, casual setup with areas to eat, drink, and even play yard games like cornhole, ring toss, and ladder toss. There are 21 new boat slips, so visitors can come by boat or car to enjoy the food and fun atmosphere.
Located at 486 Parker Creek Marina Road, Equality, AL 36026
As you might guess from its address, The Landing at Parker Creek is located next to Parker Creek Marina. It is already a great addition to the Parker Creek area and Lake Martin as a whole. I am excited about eating there for years to come!
If you want to keep up with new restaurants in the area, or just find a new place to grab a bite to eat, check out our “Eats” tab on the Lake Martin Voice Realty App.
The Alex City SunFestival is a week long series of events coordinated by the Alex City Chamber of Commerce. It is a variety of things from hikes to downtown dancing! There is truly something for everyone. This is the third year of the festival. The Chamber has lined up a lot of local sponsors, and the entire community is involved.
For a complete schedule, see their website:
You can also see their Facebook Page here.
I think this is a great idea and it is really well done. Most of the events are free, but the week culminates in a Fireworks show and concert on July 25th by David Nail.
Here are the details:
This ticket will also get you into the Sun Festival Tailgate & BBQ Cook-off starting at 12:00Noon. 7:00pm Band Battle Winner 8:30pm David Nail 10:00pm Fireworks You will need a printed copy of your ticket to exchange for a wristband that will give you full access to all of the day’s activities at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex. You can bring your ticket to the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce to get your wristband or pick it up the day of the event.
I am putting some, not all, of the events on my Lake Martin Voice App.
Once again, congratulations to the Chamber and everyone in the Lake Martin area that has stepped up and made this week great!
Have you ever thought, “Lake Martin is almost perfect, but what if it were a little more like the Smoky Mountains?”
If so, your dream may have come true. Black bears have been spotted around Lake Martin. See this article in the Alex City Outlook. I must admit that I often have wished Lake Martin could be more Smoky like, but it has to do mainly with wild trout. If some mad plan could be hatched so that the Tallapoosa below Martin Dam could sustain trout, maybe we could become the next South Holston.
Back to reality, this story reminds me that I have many waterfront lots for sale in Shady Bay. They range in price from $57,000 (Lot 23 Ph I) to $190,000 (lot 5 Ph II). If you would like to see the entire list, see Shady Bay Lots For Sale. Or, if you would like to learn about Shady Bay real estate in general, see the Shady Bay neighborhood page.
Since the black bear article first appeared, the sightings have decreased. Maybe the bears have moved on, or maybe they are getting camera shy.
But one thing’s for certain – Shady Bay on Lake Martin is a great spot to build your waterfront home. There are homes underway on lots 9 – 14, and they are going to be some really nice ones!
If you have any questions about the lots in Shady Bay, or anywhere else, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can put you in contact with builders and architects to answer your design and construction questions, if you would like me to do so.
July 4th at Lake Martin
Lake Martin is the place to be this Independence Day with plenty of activities for everyone.
A few other fun events:
July 3rd: Fridays on The Green, Wine Tastings, Arti Gras at Russell Crossroads; Live Music at Chuck’s Marina
July 4th: Boat Parade at Kowaliga, Pancake Breakfast & Arti Gras at Russell Crossroads.
July 5th: Worship God lakeside at Church In The Pines or Church of the Living Waters or any of the numerous Lake Martin area churches.
Why miss any Lake Martin events when you can download our FREE APP here? Or go to your favorite app store and search “Lake Martin Voice.”
John Coley’s tips for a fun 4th of July at Lake Martin:
- Wherever you go, whatever you do, please be careful and have fun.
- If you are man enough to go see the fireworks by boat, have a sober driver and two sober spotters. Don’t take off instantly and create huge hole shot waves. Take it slow and easy when you leave.
- Don’t pack a huge cooler from home. Stop in and give the locals some business. It’s probably cheaper from wherever you are coming, is less of a hassle, and our economy is centered around tourism.
- Don’t complain about the boat traffic. We all know that you are so old you “can remember when…. “
- Spend 10% more on fireworks than you planned.
- Find a slough that is empty. Toss out a small anchor and float, if even for a few minutes.
- Know that the U.S. is still the greatest country in the world. I am quite sure that no matter your political flavor, in the past 12 months there has been something in our country that made you shake your head and think the whole thing is going down the tubes. Cheer up. Be thankful for today, and resolve to help change tomorrow. America wasn’t founded, nor was it made great, by apathetic whiners. That last bit is directed at me. I find myself saying “they ought to….” or “someone should ….” a lot these days. My resolution is to pitch in and help, not complain.
- Get a bad sunburn on purpose. Racoon eyes. Farmer’s tan. How else will the folks at work know you’ve been to the lake? (I wrote that to see how many in my family read to the end).
If you missed last night’s Jazz Fest in downtown Alex City, fear not, you have a chance tonight.
Every year, the Alex City Jazz Fest puts on one of the state’s best free musical events. Friday night is always in downtown Alex City at what is now the Strand Park. Saturday nights are at The Amp, the incredible amphitheater that overlooks Lake Martin.
Tonight, June 13, 2015, the lineup is:
8:00 Hotel Oscar
9:30 The Revivalists
Like I said, The Amp is a really cool venue and the admission is free. You can’t beat that. I think that the local VFD takes a collection for parking but it’s well worth it.
Lake Martin Voice Realty is a long time sponsor of the Alex City Jazz Fest!!
How to Find Lake Martin Events
The app is available for iOS in the Apple Store and Android also. Like I said, it’s FREE. The app also has a quick guide to Lake Martin area restaurants, marinas, a real estate search, weather, and more.