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Pay-to-Fish Trophy Bass Lakes Give You the Most for Your Dollar

P-Arrow Plantation

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: If you want to catch a trophy bass, you can spend thousands of dollars on equipment and hours on the water. You may find yourself traveling all over the country and only catching a few quality bass. My home state of Alabama homes intensively-managed private lakes full to the brim with big, beautiful bass. You can have the greatest daClick to enlargey of bass fishing you’ve ever had in your life and spend less time and less money than you’ll normally spend on a big bass-fishing expedition to Mexico, Cuba, south Texas or Florida. By visiting these Alabama trophy-bass lakes, you can land that lunker of a lifetime, catch and release a large number of bass in the 4- to 10-pound range in one day and have an amazing fishing trip. I’ve fished five of the listed lakes, and my children and the friends I’ve taken with me never have forgotten these trips and the fish we’ve caught. Each lake can produce your bass of a lifetime and has the potential for you to catch and release 20 to 100 bass or more that will weigh from 4- to 10-pounds plus any day you fish there.

With 100 acres of lakes, P-Arrow Plantation, owned by Drayton Pruitt and located just outside of Livingston, Ala., off I-59, is a west-central Alabama bass-fishing hotspot that continues to produce plenty of 10- and 12-pound Click to enlargelargemouths. A beautiful lodge, a swimming pool, great food and super fishing combine to give anglers memorable stays there. This lodge provides some of the finest trophy-bass fishing you’ll find anywhere in the nation.Click to enlarge

According to Max Adams, my guide on a fishing trip there, “Two fishermen easily can catch and release 100 bass a day the first time they visit P-Arrow, even in July when the temperatures reach 110 degrees. You’ll catch quite a few 2 to 4 pounders, and you’ll also catch bass that will weigh from 5- to 12-pounds each.”

I experienced at P-Arrow exactly what Adams had predicted. We caught plenty of big bass all day, until we had sore arms. Outdoor writers and TV show producers bet on getting their stories written, TV shows filmed and photography taken at P-Arrow.

To learn more, visit, or call 205-652-7990 or 1-800-949-7990.

Tomorrow: Dream Lake and Tiger Lake

Check back each day this week for more about "Pay-to-Fish Trophy Bass Lakes Give You the Most for Your Dollar"

Day 1: White Oak Plantation
Day 2: The Lakes of Leavellwood
Day 3: P-Arrow Plantation
Day 4: Dream Lake and Tiger Lake
Day 5: Donavan Lakes and Triple D Ranch


Entry 459, Day 3