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Recent rainfall probably cooled the water in a few remote places.

Even though we need the rain for many reasons, sometimes it comes at the price of a thunderstorm or two. For the sake of safety, forget fishing in a lightning storm and head for cover. After all, you can always go fishing on another day.

Wheeler Lake: Look for secondary ledges off the main river channel to find largemouth bass feeding early in the morning. Since it will be in deep water, the temperatures may not be as hot, which can make bass aggressive. Deep-water crankbaits retrieved in an erratic fashion could attract attention from some of the bigger largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Also, when fishing secondary ledges, especially if there is plenty of structure available, be prepared to throw a few slow-baits. Lures such as a jig-and-pig, a Carolina-rig and a spinnerbait rolled slowly could make for a big-fish pattern as well.

The catfish bite is probably the hottest item when it comes to catching fish on Wheeler Lake. Rock and concrete structure are good places to drop chicken livers, cutbait and live minnows when current is flowing.

White bass are schooling during early morning hours around creek mouths when current is flowing. Look for the surface action and be prepared to throw one-quarter-ounce, chrome-colored, lipless crankbaits.

Wilson Lake: A few smallmouth bass are being caught fairly close to Wheeler Dam during the nighttime hours around semi-submerged rockpiles.

Allowing spinnerbaits to bump off rock structure can get a reaction strike.

Look for largemouth bass to feed early in the morning around small sloughs close to the main river channel. Once you locate a current break, be ready to throw a Texas-rigged plastic worm or spinnerbait for best results.

Pickwick Lake: Throwing topwater lures early in the morning is a good way to hook a trophy-sized smallmouth bass or two. Look for bronzebacks to feed aggressively for only a short time in sloughs with gravel or rock bottom with deep water close by.

When trying to catch smallmouth bass like this, you will have only a small window, which probably will happen just after dawn.

Lake Guntersville: The best catches of largemouth bass are coming early in the morning before the sun sends fish into deeper water.

Topwater lures such as buzzbaits, plastic frogs and plastic mice used around floating grass beds should attract some attention.

The bluegill bite is slow with some of the best stringers coming from around boat docks and boathouses.

Paul Stackhouse,
Daily Corresponden


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