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Fishing Little River

Situated atop Lookout Mountain, Lazy River Cottage sits on the beautiful West Fork of Little River. It is not only the perfect place to hang out and enjoy time with family and friends, for the fishermen of all ages, it is a great place to spend time casting a line.

I’m not going to pretend to have great knowledge of all things fishing, but we’ve definitely enjoyed our share of time fishing with the kids on this beautiful river. Our kids have always loved fishing for brim.

We did find some great information for the more experienced angler to share about fishing our area of Little River from and This is where those with more experience have shared their knowledge of fishing this area.

Redeye Bass

Although Little River is home to a variety of fish, according to, “the fish of most interest to anglers is the redeye bass. Redeye bass are distinguished from other black bass by the white margins on the top and bottom of their tail fin. Redeye bass. Redeye bass readily take spinners, small crank baits, and flies. Largemouth bass, spotted bass, various sunfish (brim) and catfish also entertain Little River anglers.”

We do agree with when it comes to the challenges of fishing in the clear water of Little River. ”The clear water of the pristine Little River can make fishing relatively frustrating. During low flows of summer and fall, fish tend to spend more time hiding than actively feeding. To overcome this, successful anglers increase their catch rates by either fishing after a light or moderate rain, or fishing during low light conditions. Fly or light spinning tackle works well, as most of the Little River fish have relatively small mouths. Worms make excellent bait.“

For those of you wondering where to buy worms in the area, that one is a little more tricky. We have found the closest place to buy worms is just across the GA state line on HWY-117 at BJ’s gas station on your right. They have a small refrigerator with worms for purchase. It’s only about a 15 minute drive from Lazy River Cottage, so it’s not too far out of the way.

Fly Fishing

If you like fly fishing, you are in the right place. According to, “fishing with spinning rod and bait casters is possible on Little River in DeSoto State Park, but the river is most suited for fly fishing”. They even map out when to fly fish.

When to Fly Fish

Spring – as the waters warm fish activity grows

Summer – Red eye bass and bluegill action is best

Fall – cooler temps begin to wind the fish down but fishing is still good

Winter – cold temps and high water make fishing a challenge

Fishing License

Although the fishing at Lazy River Cottage can be lots of fun, be sure everyone that is required to have a fishing license has one. You can purchase your Alabama fishing license online at the link below.

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We would love to host your next mountain getaway to Mentone, AL! Located on Little River by DeSoto Falls, kayak beautiful Little River during your stay at Lazy River Cottage with kayaks provided for guest use. Check out our website at for more information about Lazy River Cottage in Mentone, AL, just steps from DeSoto Falls and DeSoto Falls Trailheads.

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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

We happened upon this best-kept secret in North Alabama in 2017 when looking for a place to spend quality time with family.  The serene beauty of Mentone, AL along with its close proximity to Chattanooga, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Atlanta drew us in. 


Our family has spent as much time as possible on Little River by Desoto Falls ever since.  It has become a place of refuge and rest for our family and we have been blessed to have the opportunity to make countless memories in this extraordinary area of the state. 

We hope you and your family and friends will make as many wonderful memories here as we have.

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