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North Alabama Fishing Reports

With more bass tournaments on the way to Wheeler Lake, safety becomes an even bigger priority, as you have to watch for yourself and all the other boats on the water. Remember, kill switches attached to drivers wearing life jackets save lives.

Wheeler Lake: As proven by the Bassmaster Southern Open last week, many bass catching patterns are producing good bags of fish.

One proven technique is to work points with jig-and-pig combinations, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Another method is to throw lipless crankbaits and topwater lures around areas with plenty of submerged and semi-submerged grass beds.

Catches of crappie have been slow but with improving water conditions and lowering temperatures, things should pick up.

Anglers drifting or trolling over stump beds with small jigs are catching the best stringers. The catfish bite is good with no slowdown in sight. Use chicken livers or live shiner minnows on the bottom around rock and concrete structure.

Anglers are finding white bass and hybrid stripe during early morning when current is flowing. Look for surface action around creek mouths, and be prepared to throw chrome-colored, lipless crankbaits.

Wilson Lake: When current is flowing below Wheeler Dam, anglers are catching hybrid stripe, stripers, smallmouth bass and drum. Drifting live shad or large minnows and allowing the bait to bump rocks below the surface can create a quick reaction strike.

Look for largemouth bass to feed late in the afternoon around sloughs and pockets just off the main river channel. Throwing Texas-rigged plastic worms around rock and wood structure gives you a decent chance at catching a good bag.

Pickwick Lake: Working jerkbaits around rock bluffs and rock points have produced some good catches of smallmouth bass during daylight.

If things are not working out well around the rock bluffs, consider switching to a jig-and-pig combination and concentrate on the aggressive strike of smallmouth bass and the light bite of largemouth bass.

Lake Guntersville: Throwing jig-and-pig combinations around rock structure or other riprap areas works for catching some hawg largemouth bass. Working topwater lures around floating grass beds is also bending a few rods.

Drifting live minnows and small jigs over stump beds with grass structure nearby is a good technique for catching a good bag of crappie.

Paul Stackhouse,
Daily Sports Correspondent

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