Lake Weiss Fishing Guide Receives Tourism Award
The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Association (AMLA) honored fishing guide Lee Pitts with the 2021 “Good Neighbor” Friend of Tourism award. The award is one of 12 that make up the PEAK 2021 awards that were recently presented at the AMLA annual meeting in Florence.
The PEAK Awards recognize people and organizations who have had a major impact on tourism in northern Alabama, according to AMLA.
Considered one of Northeast Alabama’s top guides, Pitts has offered guided tours and professional training in a wide range of fishing methods for nearly 20 years, AMLA said in a press release. announcing the award. He also participates in the pro divisions of several tournament courses.
In addition to his fishing career, he is involved in Cherokee County Chapter 4-H where he teaches children about fishing and the outdoors. He is also active in the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and helps promote the area at various travel, fishing and hunting shows. He was also a big supporter of the House’s annual Take A Kid fishing tournament.
Pitts, known as a crappie guide as well as a professional bass fisherman, can be contacted for trips to Weiss and Neely Henry Lakes at www.pittsoutdoors.com. He says crappie fishing is expected to get strong over the next few weeks as the waters cool and will continue to be great in April, with the best bite on the river channels trolling the mini. -jigs during the colder months, moving to the coves in the spring arrives.
RECREATIONAL OPENING OF OYSTERS IN OCT. 4
The public oyster fund between Mobile Bay and the Mississippi Strait will open for harvest on weekdays starting Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, the weekend harvest will be authorized from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following four Saturdays: October 9, 16, 23 and 30.
Harvesters can see their locations and open harvest areas with the Alabama Oyster Management Station (OMS) Oyster Grid Map. A link to the map is available at outdooralabama.com/oysterharvest. Anglers are reminded to visit the SGO located across from Jemison’s Bait and Tackle at 16871 Dauphin Island Parkway to drop off their SMO ID cards and confirm which gates are open for harvesting. The Heron Bay, Cedar Point East and Cedar Point West gates will open on October 4th. The gates will close based on harvest assessments by the Marine Resources Division (MRD).
Recreational oyster farmers must report their catch and purchase a recreational harvest tag from the WHO station. Recreational anglers can catch up to 100 legal size oysters (at least 3 inches) in the same areas and during the same times as the commercial harvest. No permit is required, but commercial and recreational oysters cannot be transported together on a vessel. All commercial oyster farmers, regardless of age, must hold a commercial oyster farmer’s license to participate in the harvest. For information on permits and regulations, please contact the MRD at (251) 861-2882 or visit the MRD office located at 2 North Iberville Drive on Dauphin Island.
See an open water map here: outdooralabama.com/oysterharvest.