Lake Frank Jackson State Park Boat Ramp
Fishing Destin Guide©

Lake Frank Jackson
Opp, Alabama

A local's guide to fishing around Destin and the Florida Panhandle  

Known as the "luckiest fishing village", Destin is the home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. The 100 Fathom  (600' depth) Curve of the Gulf of Mexico draws closer
to Destin than any other spot in Florida. This, along  with  Destin's close  proximity  to  the East  Pass  and  the Gulf  of Mexico, allows quick access to the Gulf of Mexico's  fishing bounty.  
The  purpose  of  this site  is  to acquaint a new fisherman  to  the Destin area  -  our local facilities, fish, waters and fishing methods. Tight lines and good fishing!

Opp, AL

This web site is updated as I have time from other things going on. As there are a 1000 + different ways to do things, this is only
my way of fishing, nothing else,  and it is not the last word in fishing the area. I am by no means an expert but if you would like my opinion on something related to fishing the area,
please email me at  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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Controlling Agency:

The lake is part of the Alabama State Park system

Frank Jackson State Park
100 Jerry Adams Drive
Opp, AL  36467
(334) 493-6988 Office
(334) 493-2478 Fax

The gate is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Rules & Regulations:

You will have to have an Alabama fishing license to fish the
lake. You can get it online at this link:

Alabama Fishing License Online

Alabama licenses always expire on August 31st of each year,
no matter when you buy it or what your birthday is.

Fees vary depending on what state you are from. Go to the
following link for more information:

Alabama Freshwater Fishing Licenses

General fishing regulations may be found  in the latest

Alabama Hunting & Fishing Digest

Limits are as follows:
Bream: 20
Crappie: 30, minimum 9" size limit
Bass: 6

Fees:  The park has an entry fee based per person and age:

   Age 12 - 61:                                         $ 2.00 per person
   Age 11 and under, 62 and older:         $ 1.00 per person

There is an additional charge to use the boat ramp:
   Age 12 - 61:                                         $ 2.00
   Age 62 and older:                                $ 1.00

All fees are paid at the front gate entrance. There is an honor
box there if an attendant is not present. The park is gated after
dark, so be sure to check the times by calling:
(334) 493-6988

Fish species in Frank Jackson:  Largemouth bass, bream, crappie, channel catfish, and chain pickerel (Jack Fish)
Bait & Tackle

Parish Bait Shop
50 N. Main St
(Hwy 331)
Opp, AL  36467
(334) 493-4616

A & W Bait and Tackle
3841 Hwy 83
DeFuniak Springs, FL
(850) 892-3030

Bait & Tackle
27398 Bush Isle Rd
Andalusia, AL  
(334) 388-0404  36421

Babbie Quick Stop
23084 Babbie Rd
Andalusia, AL  36421
(334) 493-1999


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News & Fishing Reports:
Last Updated:
January, 2015
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IMPROVED CAMP SITES:  There are 32 RV campsites with
wi-fi Internet, water, electricity, sewer, and cable service. Three
of these sites are handicap accessible. You may tent camp in
the RV sites, at the regular rate. Rates as if January 2015 are
$27 Sunday-Thursday, $30 for Friday-Saturday nights. They
add a 9% lodging tax to this.

PRIMITIVE CAMPING SITES: Frank Jackson State Park  
has 8 primitive (tent) campsites located near the bathhouse.
No hookups for electric, water, sewer, cable. Rates are $15
per night + 9 % tax ($1.35) = $ 16.35 night ($5 for each
additional tent)

Facilities at Frank Jackson State Park include a handicap
accessible bathhouse, picnic pavilion/shelter and walkway
located adjacent to the campground

For more information, go to their website:

Frank Jackson State Park, Alabama

To make a camping reservation call  334-493-6988.

You Tube of campground

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Description & location: Lake Frank Jackson is an 1037 acre  
man-made lake just to the west of Opp, Alabama. Very pretty
lake in my opinion. It receives a lot of fishing pressure, mostly
on the weekends.

The deepest part is next to the dam on the south end of the
lake. There is some good fishing below the dam spillway that
is accessible by Hwy 42 (Opine Rd). Parking is off the north
end of the highway in the grass.

There are several tree tops still sticking up throughout the
lake, mostly in the northern part, so you need to be careful
until you know the lake.

Hwy 331 bisects the lake. North of the Hwy 331 bridge offers
shallow waters with a lot of tree stumps and vegetation. Expect
to hit a few submerged logs.

There is an island just off from the boat ramp that has a play
ground and hiking trail. It is accessible by a pedestrian bridge
located next to the boat ramp.

The lake is located in approximately 85 mile north of Destin and
it will take you almost 2 hours to drive there.

Alabama State Parks

Lake Frank Jackson Boat Ramp:

There is one boat ramp on the lake, located in the state park. It is
a 2 lane concrete ramp with a center dock. Large paved parking
lot can hold 30+ vehicles with trailers. There is a picnic ground
and bathroom next to the parking lot. In addition to the park entry
fee, there is a $ 2.00 ($1.00 seniors) boat ramp fee paid at the
The other side (north) of the Hwy 331 bridge
The shallows on the north side of the Hwy 331 bridge
The Hwy 331 bridge
The shallows on the north side of the Hwy 331 bridge
The dam. The spillway is to the right