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North Alabama Fishing Reports

In November, the best safety precaution boaters and anglers can do on Wheeler Lake is to forget the routes they traveled during the summer. With winter coming, Wheeler water levels are falling, which puts dangerous structure above and just below the water line. Stick to marked channels and slow down.

Because of the lack of anglers fishing during winter, our fishing reports will take a break at the end of this month and resume in late February or early March.

Wheeler Lake: Floating and submerged grass is providing anglers with plenty of chances to catch a limit of largemouth bass in a short time. During the warmest portion of the day, topwater lures such as plastic frogs worked in the grass are producing a lot of strikes. If the topwater lures are not producing, consider switching over to soft plastics rigged Texas and Carolina style.

As temperatures continue to fall, anglers can find some big largemouth bass feeding along ledges bordering the main river channel and around creek channels. Jig-and-pig combinations, Carolina-rigs and crankbaits are good selections for fishing deep ledges.

Look for crappie to continue feeding around stump flats that have plenty of grass available. Trolling small jigs over the flats is a proven technique, while live minnows seem to do well when working treetops and brushpiles in creeks.

Look for white bass and hybrid stripe to feed early in the morning and late in the afternoon around creek mouths when current flows. Look for surface action and be prepared to throw chrome-colored, lipless crankbaits.

Wilson Lake: Anglers are catching a few nice bags of smallmouth bass while drifting live shad in the currents below Wheeler Dam. In addition to smallmouth bass, they’re catching a few hybrid stripe and drum in the current.

Look for good catfish catches to continue in the tailrace below Wheeler Dam. Look for abrupt changes of the lake bottom on your locator unit and use rooster livers and cutbait on the bottom.

Pickwick Lake: The smallmouth bass bite has slowed a little as topwater lures are beginning to lose their effectiveness. With this in mind, consider throwing swimming jigs and crankbaits around ledges and steep, sloping points.

Lake Guntersville: Dropping heavy weighted jigs into thick grass areas near the main river channel is producing a few trophy-sized largemouth bass on sunny days.

When working the grass, also be prepared to throw Texas-rigged, 10-inch plastic worms around the edges of the grass.

Paul Stackhouse,
Daily Sports Correspondent

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