The Coosa River and H. Neely Henry Lake are home to some of the best fishing in the South with beautiful mountain views. Spotted bass, crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass, and catfish make Gadsden fisheries a year-round playground for fisherman. Creeks along the Coosa are growing in popularity for both kayak and fly fishing.
Neely Henry Lake was created by an impoundment of the Coosa River on June 2, 1966. The lake is over 11,000 acres and is home to the renowned Coosa Spot, a breed of spotted bass that will give you the fight you are looking for! From Weiss Dam to the Hwy 77 bridge, the lake fishes more like a river. From the Hwy 77 bridge to the Neely Henry Dam it is more of a spread out lake, featuring major feeder creeks loaded with fish-attracting cover.
The Coosa River is one of Alabama's most developed rivers. It begins at the confluence of the Oostanaula and Etowah rivers in Rome, Georgia, and ends just northeast of the Alabama state capital, Montgomery, where it joins the Tallapoosa River to form the Alabama River just south of Wetumpka. Around 90% of the Coosa River's length is located in Alabama. Most of the river has been impounded, with Alabama Power maintaining seven power dams on the Coosa River. The communities of Hokes Bluff, Gadsden, Glencoe, Rainbow City, and Southside are located along the Coosa.