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North Alabama Fishing Reports

Memorial Day is one of the biggest holidays we have when it comes to people enjoying North Alabamaís many reservoirs.

Itís also a time when boat parties are popular. If you have been drinking alcoholic beverages, find a sober, licensed boat operator to drive your vessel to safety. There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Alabama Marine Police will be out in full force to prevent alcohol related accidents.

Wheeler Lake: Anglers who fish Wheeler Lake often are all excited about the recent hatch of willow flies. It is a great time to catch fish, but donít expect the hatches to come one after another until later in the summer. If you find a hatch, bream should be nearby waiting for a willow fly to land on the water. Popping bugs and a fly rod are a great combination when willow flies break out.

Look for largemouth bass to feed around shoreline grass beds during early morning hours. A Texas-rigged plastic lizard should attract plenty of attention.

Catfish are feeding at night around rock and concrete structure when current is flowing. Chicken livers and live nightcrawlers are two excellent baits to use.

Wilson Lake: The catfish bite is good in the tailrace of Wheeler Dam. Anglers are using cut-bait, rooster livers and shad guts to attract the bites.

Largemouth bass are still feeding around rock points that lead into small coves and creeks. Work areas where the water current breaks with spinnerbaits and tube jigs.

White bass and hybrid stripe are gathering around creek mouths early in the morning when current is flowing. Live shad and live minnows should hook up quickly if the fish are feeding in the current.

Drifting live shad in the current below Wheeler Dam is a good technique to use when searching for smallmouth bass. A lot of bronzebacks are being caught but the size of the fish have been disappointing for many anglers.

Pickwick Lake: Using spinnerbaits at night around semi-submerged rock formations is one method anglers are using to catch smallmouth bass. Some fishermen are bumping the lures off of the rocks to create reaction strikes. Also, if the brown fish are short-striking, adding a trailer-hook can solve the problem in a hurry.

Small tailspinners are catching plenty of white bass and hybrid stripe around riprap when current is flowing. If you catch one fish, expect plenty more to be close by.

Look for largemouth bass to feed in and around blowdowns in the main river channel and in the creeks.

Spinnerbaits work well and so does a jig-and-craw when cranked on medium tackle.

Lake Guntersville: There are way too many patterns working on Guntersville to name them all when it comes to catching largemouth bass. A chatterbait around shoreline grass beds is one technique working while anglers are also having fun using buzzbaits near floating grass mats.

Anglers are catching bluegill around rock bluffs late in the afternoon when the tall structure is providing plenty of shade. Live crickets are the bait of choice.

Paul Stackhouse

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