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North Alabama Fishing Reports

Expect rough waterways on Wheeler Lake the next few weeks as three major tournaments are scheduled for Ingalls Harbor between now and Nov. 3.

With that in mind, keep your kill switch attached and life jacket on at all times when your big engine is running.

Expect largemouth bass to school near and on stump flats that have ample grass available. Throwing lipless crankbaits is one way to attract attention fast. For some of the larger fish, working steep ledges and points with 10-inch, Texas-rigged plastic worms is a good idea. Expect the bite to be soft, so when in doubt, it is a good idea to set the hook.

Crankbaits are catching plenty of smallmouth bass around semi-submerged rock piles, but the overall size of the fish hasnít been great. Still, if you catch a few dink smallmouth bass, itís a good bet a trophy bronzeback is somewhere close by.

The crappie bite is fair with the best stringers coming from stump flat areas with submerged grass. Minnows and small jigs both seem to work well.

Wilson Lake: When current is flowing, anglers are catching hybrid stripe, stripers and a few smallmouth bass below Wheeler Dam. The size of the smallmouth bass has been a little disappointing, but this should change as temperatures begin to drop.

The largemouth bass bite is improving around submerged humps and islands with grass nearby. Some of the best bags come from anglers throwing Texas-rigged plastic worms.

Anglers are catching during daylight when current is flowing. Using rooster livers on the bottom in depths beyond 18 feet is a good technique.

Pickwick Lake: The smallmouth bass bite has been fair-to-steady at times during daylight.

When current is flowing, jig-and-pig combinations and crankbaits have been working well, but the best strikes have been coming from spinnerbaits.

When current is flowing, round up the children and head to a local causeway where plenty of rock structure and current-breaks are available. After buying a bucket of live minnows, drift the bait in the currents under a float and expect to catch white bass, shellcracker, hybrid stripe, catfish and even a few crappie.

The best bags of largemouth bass are coming from anglers working soft plastic baits slowly in depths beyond 18 feet. A Carolina-rig with plastic worms is one technique catching a few of the decent-sized largemouth bass.

Lake Guntersville: Stumps and grass still appear to be the two structures needed for a good day of largemouth bass fishing. Some of the best bags come from anglers getting reaction strikes by bumping crankbaits and spinnerbaits off stumps.

The crappie bite is sporadic, but decent at times. Drifting jigs and live minnows over stump fields is one proven method working.

Paul Stackhouse,
Daily Sports Correspondent

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