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North Alabama Fishing Reports

Some anglers have learned the hard way about shaking branches to stir up willowflies to make fishing better.

If you are one of the many who do this, make sure that your actions donít drop a snake into the bottom of your boat. If you move your boat into a bush for some willowfly shaking, itís always a good idea to have a life jacket on.

Wheeler Lake: Anglers have found that bluegill bite has been excellent around willowfly hatches, especially during late afternoon.

Anglers with fly rods and popping bugs are having a great time.

If you donít own a fly outfit, donít worry — live crickets on light tackle can make for a fun day, also.

Early morning is a good time work topwater lures and shallow/medium-running crankbaits around points. Be sure to work the point thoroughly before moving on.

Catfishing is good at night when current is flowing. Use chicken livers and cutbait around riprap and adjust your weight according to the current.

Wilson Lake: If you are looking for a fun day, drift live minnows or shad in the current and bend a few rods fighting hybrid stripe and stripers in the tailrace of Wheeler Dam.

Anglers are catching a few largemouth bass around small coves and sloughs that have deep-water points nearby. Work Texas-rigged plastic worms around wooden structure past the point in shallow water for best results.

Catfish are also being caught in the tailrace of Wheeler Dam. Live nightcrawlers and rooster livers do well on the bottom when placed near thick structure and current breaks.

Pickwick Lake: Throwing spinnerbaits around rockpiles at night can produce a decent bag of smallmouth bass when current is flowing.

Look for small ditches that run off the creeks near the main river to find largemouth bass feeding early in the morning. Spinnerbaits work well but if the action is slow, consider switching over to Texas-rigged plastic lizards.

Lake Guntersville: Floating grass beds are the place to throw topwater lures early in the morning to find largemouth bass feeding. Be sure to use medium/heavy tackle when fishing this pattern as trophy bass will tangle in thick weeds once hooked, making it extremely difficult to pull them out.

Spend some time during mid-afternoon looking for willowfly hatches and return late in the day to fill a basket full of bluegill.

Live crickets on light tackle and popping bugs are popular baits to use.

Paul Stackhouse

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