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Coosa River Tailwater Access

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Coosa River Tailwater Access

Location

Location type:
State:
City:
Wetumpka

Location Information

Access Type:
  • Bank Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Kayak/Canoe Access
Latitude:
32.61455125871353
Longitude:
-86.25379837597654
Water:
Freshwater
Water Type:
River
Species:
  • bass largemouth
  • carp
  • catfish
  • drum
  • gar
  • panfish
  • striper
Parking:
Yes
Launch Fees:
No
Cart Needed:
No
Difficulty:
Medium
Although the Coosa River flows for some 280 miles from Rome, Georgia to just SW of Wetumpka, Alabama, the 7.5 miles below Jordan Dam, the last dam on the Coosa, provide some of the best tailwater spotted bass fishing in Alabama.  This section of the Coosa can be accessed at four points along the river.  Gold Star Park in downtown Wetumpka has great parking and a fully maintained boat ramp on the Coosa.  Kayakers can fish upstream through some interesting shoals right in town.  A mile further upstream, the Coosa Outdoor Center maintains a kayak launching site open to the public on the edge of its campground.  Corn Creek Wilderness Park is just north of Wetumpka off highway 231.  The park has some limited parking next to the river and an unimproved trail down to the river just below Pipeline Falls (or Corn Creek Shoals).  Corn Creek is an excellent launch point to fish the mile long Pipeline Falls area.  The most popular launch point is at Jordan Dam, accessible from highway 231.  There is excellent Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass fishing around the shoals just below the dam.  The float from the dam to River Falls shoals is about 3/4 of a mile.  River Falls shoals provides extensive braids and islands for over a mile of river.  Another mile downriver is Moccasin Gap Shoals, although short, provides class II and III rapids and good fishing when not populated with whitewater kayakers.  About a mile of calm water separates Moccasin Gap and Pipeline Shoals.  Fishing descriptions of the Coosa tailwater can be found at:

http://www.alabamariverfishing.net/Descriptions/Coosa/Coosa.htm

http://www.outdooralabama.com/coosa-river

 

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(Updated: August 15, 2015)
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Used To Be One of My Favorite Spots

Although the Coosa River Tailwater out of Wetumpka can be a zoo with recreational floaters and whitewater guys at times, most of the year its a lonely section of river that fishes well for Spotted Bass and a lot of other species. The three sets of shoals can takes weeks to explore completely and there are a lot of hidden holes within. When the striped and hybrid striped bass are active, there can be some fast and furious fishing with the fly and ultralight spinning rods. These three videos are a good example of what you might encounter. This used to be a regular haunt until I left Alabama in the fall of 2008.

https://youtu.be/MM8wDiNnGbE

https://youtu.be/2rNhSM5LiM4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0jtmwPV-xg

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