News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007

North Alabama Fishing Reports

The fishing grapevine already has had a few stories floating around about boats that lost the foot of their engine because of fishermen driving fast over stump flats.

When it comes to boating, you never can be too careful. And something else to remember, if you have an accident, it could be a long time before help arrives.

Thatís a good reason to be cautious on waterways.

Wheeler Lake: Anglers are catching largemouth bass by using a variety of techniques. Most of the bigger bass have been caught in shallow water around grass. From Texas-rigged plastic worms to lipless crankbaits to spinnerbaits, all have been catching largemouth bass.

The bream bite has improved a little as bluegill are once again seeking out shady areas, especially areas close to rock bluffs and related structure. Small spinners and live redworms are good choices of baits to use.

A few nice stringers of crappie have come from Flint and Spring Creek and other tributaries that carry plenty of structure and a slow-to-moderate current.

Live minnows are the bait of choice.

Wilson Lake: Fishermanís Resort reports that stripe of all kinds are in the creeks feeding in the current. This is a favorite time that many anglers wait all year for.

Live shiner and tuffy minnows work well as does chrome-colored crankbaits.

Big catfish are being caught in the tailrace below Wheeler Dam.

Baits on the bottom such as rooster livers, shad guts, nightcrawlers and live minnows are creating bites.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been caught in the currents below Wheeler Dam by anglers drifting live minnows and live shad. The quantity of bass has been doing well but the size remains small.

Pickwick Lake: A few decent bags of smallmouth bass are being caught in shallow sloughs just off the main river channel.

One of the secrets has been pea-gravel bottoms and mild, swirling current. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, live (large) minnows, and topwater lures such as Pop-rís and Zara Spooks have all done well.

Look for largemouth bass to be feeding on the backside of rock points where current breaks occur. Jerkbaits and crankbaits should attract attention.

Lake Guntersville: Grass has been the key to catching hawg largemouth bass on Guntersville.

Many of the bigger bass are being caught on lipless crankbaits while spinnerbaits and jigs are also hooking-up.

Mud banks with silt bottoms and stumps are good places to drop live redworms when fishing for bluegill and other bream species.

Paul Stackhouse

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