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NORTH ALABAMA FISHING REPORTS

This weekend found a lot of boaters having fun on Wheeler Lake, including people who own personal watercraft. With so many people, the waterway was extremely dangerous. Be extra careful this time of year when people are getting on the water for the first time.

Wheeler Lake: Look for bedding largemouth bass to invade the shallows. Some of the largemouths are already on the bed, while it appears that others are getting ready. Since the waters of Wheeler stay fairly dinged at times, targeting spawning females maybe difficult. Throwing plastic lizards in the shallows might pick up a big female bass or two.

Anglers are catching bluegill around gravel beds early in the day, especially when there are rock bluffs nearby. Live redworms are the bait of choice.

Anglers are catching catfish around the clock. The best catches are from around rock and concrete structure in depths of 10 feet or better.

Wilson Lake: Anglers are having a good time catching hybrids and stripers in the creeks. It will take a lot more than medium tackle to get in some of the bigger brutes, which weigh more than 10 pounds. Live shad and live minnows work well on specific, rounded baithooks.

The catfish bite is still good in the tailrace with many of the cats feeding on rooster livers and shad guts.

Pickwick Lake: White bass and hybrid stripe are feeding aggressively around causeway bridges when current is flowing. You should not expect to find a lot of surface action, so throwing chrome-colored crankbaits and white-colored swimming grubs is a good technique to use.

Smallmouth bass are still feeding early in the morning in sloughs just off the main river channel.

If you find a slough with a gravel bottom, throw topwater baits for some hard-hitting action.

Lake Guntersville: The largemouth bass bite is good one day and fair the next. A few of the best methods to try is jerkbaits just out from weedbeds, Texas-rigged plastic lizards near shoreline grassbeds and lipless crankbaits close to grass on cloudy days.

- Paul Stackhouse

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