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North Alabama Fishing Reports

As temperatures begin to drop, area anglers need to think strongly about the possibility of accidentally falling into the cold water. With that in mind, life jackets should be worn at all times.

Wheeler Lake: Points and creek mouths are excellent places to throw tubes, jig-and-pig combinations and crankbaits when searching for trophy-sized largemouth bass. When looking for buck bass in greater numbers, consider throwing a lipless, chrome-colored crankbait around flats that have plenty of submerged grass nearby.

Look for crappie catches to improve around rocky causeways with deep-water ditches nearby. Live minnows work great when current flows.

White bass and hybrid stripe are patrolling creek mouths where they can circle up shad and move in for the feast. When current is flowing, look for the surface action and be prepared to throw chrome-colored, lipless crankbaits.

Wilson Lake: The smallmouth bass bite has improved when current is flowing below Wheeler Dam. Drifting live shad or live shiner minnows works best, but a few anglers are hooking up with silver spoons and jerk baits.

Also in the currents below the dam, you could easily hook up with 10-pound stripers, hybrid stripe and large drum. Itís a good idea to carry plenty of extra terminal tackle when working the currents.

Anglers are catching good stringers of catfish in the tailrace of the dam in areas where the lake bottom makes a drastic change. Using the boatís locator, look for a sharp drop on the bottom and be ready to use rooster livers or cut-bait.

Pickwick Lake: Look for smallmouth bass to be feeding during early morning hours around steep points that offer plenty of rock structure. When current is flowing, use jig-and-pig combinations, spinnerbaits and crankbaits around points to connect with any bronzebacks feeding in the area.

Lake Guntersville: Grass beds bordering the river channel are excellent places to drop a 10-inch, Texas-rigged plastic worm when casting for largemouth bass.

Another largemouth bass technique that is working is to throw jig-and-pig combinations around submerged and semi-submerged rock formations and bluffs.

The crappie bite is fair-to-steady with the best catches coming from anglers drifting jigs across stump flats. The secret here is to cover as much water as possible. So keep the boat moving.

Paul Stackhouse,
Daily Sports Correspondent

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