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North Alabama Fishing Reports

With water levels dropping, watch for structure, including stumps, lining river and creek channels.

Driving at fast speeds where you donít see any stumps is not a good idea.

When boating during the winter, the stumps and rocks you donít see are what cause serious accidents.

Wheeler Lake: Plenty of buck bass are being caught around the Decatur Flats by anglers throwing chrome-colored, lipless crankbaits early in the morning. Anglers are using jigs and Carolina-rigs to catch some of the bigger largemouth bass around points and deep ledges.

The crappie bite is improving weekly as catches in the creeks are picking up. Some of the best stringers are coming from fishermen dropping live minnows as close to treetops and brushpiles as possible.

Catches of catfish are good early in the morning and late in the afternoon around bridge pilings.

The best bite has come late after the sun has had a chance to heat up the pilings and catfish swim close by enjoying the warmth. Chicken livers and cutbait are excellent choices of bait.

Wilson Lake: When current is flowing, anglers are catching stripers, hybrid stripe and smallmouth bass below Wheeler Dam.

Anglers are drifting live shad and bumping their weights off the rocks covering the bottom.

When using this technique, it is important to have plenty of terminal tackle because hanging up on the bottom structure is common and aggravating.

Look for largemouth bass to feed late in the day around boat docks that still have water underneath. Pitching jigs and plastic worms underneath the structure is a good technique to use.

Pickwick Lake: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass early in the morning around points that are covered with rock structure or gravel. If you find points that have 1 to 3 feet of water above them at certain points, throw topwater lures for best results.

Late in the day, look for the bronzebacks to be ambushing shad around large boulders if current is flowing. Bumping spinnerbaits off the rocks is a good way to receive a reaction strike.

Lake Guntersville: The early morning topwater bite is still productive around areas of floating grass.

Look for small, open pockets in the grass and work the holes with floating frogs and buzzbaits.

Crappie catches are improving around stump flats that have plenty of submerged grass among the structure. Keeping the boat moving is important while at the same time trolling small jigs at different levels.

Paul Stackhouse,
Daily Sports Correspondent

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