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North Alabama Fishing Reports

With North Alabama receiving moderate amounts of rainfall recently, you can expect fluctuating water levels. There could be an area on the river in which you run full throttle across one day, only to find a stump six inches below the water line the next day.

Wheeler Lake: Several good bags of largemouth bass have come from anglers throwing Carolina-rigs in the Decatur Flats and along the steep ledges of the main river channel near Finley Island. The Carolina-rigs have been tipped with everything from trick worms to tubes to soft jerkbaits.

A few decent catches of bluegill have come from around the south shore between Finley Island and the power lines. Also, check areas with a gravel bottom near Swan Creek for schooling bream. Live crickets are the preferred bait.

Wilson Lake: Look for white bass and hybrid stripe to school around creek mouths when current is flowing. If you see the surface action, be prepared to throw a one-quarter ounce, chrome-colored, lipless crankbait.

Pickwick Lake: Smallmouth bass are hammering baits around rock points when current is flowing. The main lure is crankbaits but excellent bags have been reported with spinnerbaits, jig-and-craws and slider rigs.

Lake Guntersville: The largemouth bass topwater bite has slowed lately but a few trophy fish are still available. If topwater lures arenít working, switch to Texas-rigged plastic worms and work the edges of floating grass beds.

Paul Stackhouse

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