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North Alabama Fishing Reports

As warm weather trickles into North Alabama, anglers are gearing up for a fun time on the Tennessee River and other area lakes.

Keep in mind, however, that many boat accidents take place in March because fishermen are too excited to pay close attention to the water. Even when the Wheeler Lake water levels are at full pool near the end of April, all boaters still should look for danger zones, which could be as close as a few inches under the surface.

Wheeler Lake: A few crappie catches are coming out of Flint Creek by anglers launching their boats at the ramp north of Hartselle mountain at U.S. 31 and across the street from the convenience store. Live minnows placed near brushpiles and blowdowns in Flint Creek are a good fish-catching tip this week.

The largemouth bass bite is slow with the best bags coming from fishermen throwing lipless crankbaits over and near submerged grass beds. The favorite colors have been red/craw and chrome with a blue back and orange belly. Consider changing the hooks that come with the crankbait to a larger, red-colored treble for better reaction strikes.

Wilson Lake: A few fishermen are using the currents of the tailrace of Wheeler Dam to place stink baits on the bottom and let the scent be carried by the swift water on down the river. Using this technique, medium/heavy to heavy tackle should be used as some of the cats could be well over the 25-pound mark.

Look for a few largemouth bass to be caught around boat docks that have plenty of submerged grass nearby.

A jig-and-pig combination is a good bait to use when pitching docks.

Lake Guntersville: Anglers are catching some largemouth bass in the 6- to 9-pound range by throwing lipless, red/craw colored crankbaits over submerged grass.

If it is a cloudy day, consider working the lure a few feet away from the edge of the grass line. If the sun is out and the water is somewhat clear, expect the bass to be staging in the thickest portions of the grass beds.

If lipless crankbaits are not attracting strikes, consider switching over to a Texas-rigged, manufactured lead-head finesse worm and use it with a shaky-head (slight rod-tip twitch) technique.

Paul Stackhouse

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