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Old 02-27-2008, 09:10 AM
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So, I'm pretty much a newb to trout and red fishing. Last summer I walked around the banks of Lake Shelby throwing beetle spins, cork rig and shrip, and other various baits hoping to hook up on a red, or a spec or really just anythign for that matter. I have a 16' bassboat that's not supernice, but something I would be willing to put in Lake Shelby if I thought I would catch some fish.

1) Are there decent fish to be caught there?
2) Is it worth puting my boat in there?
3) Other than powerwashing the trailer immediatly, what would I need to do to the bassboat other than flushing the motor after use?

Discuss, I'm open to any suggestions as to where I may be able to use a 16' bassboat down around the coast. In a perfect world I'd have a CC of some sort. But right now this is what I got.

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A good rinse and flushing the motor will be fine.. as long as you do that after every trip, you shouldn't notice any ill effects..
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Don't forget to rinse the trailer real well also, including springs and axels.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:22 AM
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Thanks! Now are there good fish in Lake Shelby?
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Uhh, Lake Shelby is considered freshwater, although it did get filled up with saltwater during Ivan.

Not sure of the fishing situation since the double whammy hurricane seasons of 2004 (Ivan) and 2005 (Katrina).

When I was growing up and we camped there it was bass and bream fishing. The water USED to look like tea. I imagine it still does, but, I have not been there in umpteen million years it seems.
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:34 AM
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I see. I feel kind of like an idiot, but not really. I just saw on google earth where it looked like it was connected to the lagoon. I'm sure I would be fine in the lagoon unless the winds got up.
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as far as Lake Shelby or Lagoon fishing goes, I have no idea. I've never personally seen a boat your size (nice start out boat, btw, had one when I was younger too) go between them. They do connect through a grassy marsh, but I would assume a canoe or kayak would be better suited for this journey, b/c it is probably real shallow.

If you are in the mood for reds or trout, a nice place to start are some grassbeds around Bayou St. John (the first bay inside the pass that North Ono Island is nestled on.), also on to the east of Ono Island. Your boat can easily handle this area of the coast. (but also depending on the time of year b/c of yacht traffic waves etc.) I had a friend buy a map in the a gas station down here that told the "Hot Spots". He said for starting out it atleast gave him an idea of what to look for in spots etc. -So, maybe that can be a better start than you might have had. -Living down here I've learned a few honey holes (secret) through the years. If boat traffic would quit destroying our grass beds, I'd be a happier camper. The islands directly inside The Pass have plenty of grass on their North sides, this provides some good action when the tide is running nice. (at least in my earlier years)

Fishing the pier lights at night is also a great start. There is, however, plenty of "etiquette" required. This is how my grandfather got me started in the late 80's. (on the south of Bear Point facing Ono Island to the south) (Nowadays there's way too many condos to look at for my taste. But, the fishing is hopping in the summer in good tides.) This etiquette has been discussed on THT, I think, before. But common sense is the best.

I hope this has helped you some. Should you have any more questions please don't hesitate to email me.

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MCC...That's what I was looking for. I'm fairly familiar with those areas as Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has been a second home to me for about 20 years! Thanks for all of the info. I will study a map and see what I can do!
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Fished Lake shelby last saterday, all day. got 3 or 4 hits on a top water bait, on the far east side of the lake. other than that we used every bait in the box(including liver, frozen shrimp, and worms) No Fish. The guy at the gate said they were pulling catfish out on a regular basis(i think he was lying). Also, I think the salt water from Ivan still has everthing messed up in there.
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ChTa: There are plenty of fish to be caught in the Gulf Shores and lower Baldwin Co. area. First your Boat--its plenty big for inland lakes and rivers. Lake Shelby is good for Catfish-Bass-Crappie-Reds and its brakish water--taste it. Little Lagoon is good for Specks-Reds-Whites-G Mullet and others and is also brakish but more salty. You are close to the ICW at Hy 59-try it. Try Wolf Bay at Wolf Bay Lodge---try Bon Secour River and Fish River and Big Mouth---your boat is good for all of them. Try Jugging for Catfish in Lake Shelby--its fun. If i can help let me know. www.gdomag.com
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:58 PM
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Sorry, I should have posted a lot earlier. I actually live on the bit of water that connects shelby to little lagoon.

Shelby is more brackish than you would expect, except that it is all spring fed (it is on the OTHER side of the canal). That said, it has been pretty good for fun fish, but very weak on eating fish. No sail cats. It's gator breeding season, don't annoy them.

The lagoon has been great with specs and pretty decent for reds. The west end of the lagoon as produced some pretty good sized ones and of course the little lagoon pass has been strong. I usually get 2 decent sized per trip. More than a few junk fish though. Live shrimp and the DOA shrimp seem to work for me. The east end has been full of cats, and while fun, not my favorite.

Wave to the house as you turn into the lagoon. Dock and weather station, and two big hulking kayaks.

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Old 04-07-2008, 08:59 PM
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Dickens, look around town for a Big Silver 4 door f150 with ski racks, brushguard, and CCA stickers! We will be staying at Island Shores...I've never kayaked out there before...

we will be down the 17-20 of this month!
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Uhh, Lake Shelby is...

When I was growing up .... The water USED to look like tea. I imagine it still does, but, I have not been there in umpteen million years it seems.


I grew up in Mobile, AL (Semmes) and my family moved to Texas halfway through my 9th grade year. This past weekend was my first time back in 25 years.

I remember going to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as a kid and all four of us kids loved the orange fresh water that was just across the street from the Gulf waters. We would spend several hours on the ocean side of the street and then go over and swim in the fresh water. If I remember correctly, there were a lot of Cypress trees that were growing in and around the little lake that caused it to be orange. I also remember the signs, "watch for aligators."

Most people that my parents and I asked about the orange water were too young to remember or too new to the area.

If anyone knows, please let me know what happened. We found the area, which is a State Park called Lake Shelby, but the water is no longer orange (and the lake is much bigger than I remember). Maybe they should plant a lot of cypress trees again so that generations in the future can enjoy the oddity of orange water... isn't that how Orange Beach got it's name to begin with?

I have been searching online for days for anyone who knows what happened or who even remembers the orange water... your tea comment is as close as I have come.

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Old 10-24-2008, 09:58 AM
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I doubt that Orange Beach got its name from the color of the water in Lake Shelby. Lake Shelby is in Gulf Shores.
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Couple things, I agree they need to plant Cypress trees all around that place.... as well as all down here. The trees are a huge component in the stability of the ecosystem of this area. Hurricanes like to bring them down (with wind and salt water intrusion).

As far as Orange Beach being called Orange b/c of the water color, I really haven't ever been told that. I read a book about the area within the last couple years and it didn't mention it, but my memory could be wrong.

My family has been around here since the 40's, but there are other families like the Callaways and Walkers that could answer that question, (as to why it's called Orange Beach) I've just always been told it was because of the orange groves down here.

The cities have tried to capitalize on the booming tourist thing and I happen to think they said YES to things they shouldn't have... but when you're getting told about all the $$Millions$$ that these properties can bring -- I can't say I don't blame them. But, we're slowly working our way out of this area and maybe migrating toward the northern bays sometime soon. There's just too many people now.

The fat cats and gustapo are turning this place into a Panama City, and that's not what I remember as a kid, nor what I want for mine in the future. Time to get out while there's still honest/lovely places to get to.

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I remember the water looking like tea also. Circa 75'-79' our boy scout troop used to camp out there, any my family used to camp there quite often way before that.

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I doubt that Orange Beach got its name from the color of the water in Lake Shelby. Lake Shelby is in Gulf Shores.
I may be mistaken on how the town got it's name... my dad pulled a lot of "stories" on us as kids. However... I know for a fact that that water used to be orange or tea colored. I also vividly remember the "watch for aligator signs." I just hated to see it was no longer that way. Everything really seemed so commercialized and it was such a nice, quite area with such pretty views back in the late 70's and early 80's (and I am sure before then as well).

My parents are looking through old pictures to see what they can dig up!

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Well, I have done some more research and finally found what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it wasn't while we were in Alabama and I don't know when I will get the opportunity to return... I guess I'm not crazy afterall, just misinformed on the reason the water was discolored and didn't look hard enough for the correct lake. I just wish someone that we asked while we were in the area had known what we were looking for. The scenery had changed so much in 25 years we couldn't find it on our own. Good news is that we will have to make another trip! Anyone that lives in the area, please let me know if Middle Lake is still discolored and still there!

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http://www.alapark.com/GulfState/Trails/ the following information is at the bottom of the page.


Middle Lake is one of three freshwater lakes in Gulf Resort State Park. It is approximately 150 acres. The largest lake, Lake Shelby, is about 750 acres, and the smallest is Little Lake. These three lakes are fed by underground springs. The water flows out of the lakes into Little Lagoon and eventually ends up in the Gulf of Mexico. As you look out of Middle Lake, you will notice that the water has a very dark, reddish/brown color. This coloration is due to the release of tannins from the decomposition of plants.

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DO NOT FEED THE ALLIGATORS OR OTHER WILDLIFE.

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Hey hey! Bumping up an old thread here! I'll be heading back down to Gulf Shores in a couple of weeks, and I'm gonna drag a bassboat down to try my hand at Lake Shelby. Since the Gulf is closed, as well as in shore waters we're gonna have a go at whatever lives in that lake!
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