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North Alabama Fishing Reports
Anglers fishing during the day
would be wise to use a sunscreen and drink plenty of non-alcoholic
beverages while on the water. Also, checking the weather forecast for
pop-up thunderstorms and keeping and eye to the sky can mean the
difference between a fun and disastrous day.
Early morning largemouth bass anglers are bending a few rods when
working shoreline rock structure just after the sun comes up. Working
rock points and other riprap areas with crankbaits and rock/grass banks
with a Texas-rigged plastic worm does well when baits are retrieved
The bluegill bite
is extremely slow with the best catches coming late in the afternoon
around structure that offers plenty of shade such as tree overhangs and
boathouses. Live red worms and live crickets are two excellent baits to
White bass can be
found schooling late in the afternoon around creek mouths when current
is flowing. Using a pair of binoculars, scan creek mouths from a
distance for any signs of surface action and move in slow if a school
is found. Once you are in casting range, use chrome-colored, lipless
crankbaits on light-to-medium tackle for best results.
catfish bite is steady at night around bridge pilings when a
slow-to-moderate current is flowing. Chicken livers and nightcrawlers
do well when combined with a Carolina-rig on the bottom.
Some of the best catches of largemouth bass come early in the morning
by anglers bumping spinnerbaits off of rock structure on the back-side
of the current. If fish are short striking, consider adding a trailer
hook to the spinnerbait or switch to a Texas-rigged plastic lizard.
few decent bags of smallmouth bass are being caught late in the day on
deep-diving crankbaits trolled near rock bluffs and points.
bluegill bite is fairly slow but anglers are catching a few bull bream
early in the morning on small, in-line spinners cranked near rock and
Pickwick Lake: Like
Wilson Lake, many smallmouth bass that weigh more than the 2- to
3-pound mark are striking crankbaits being trolled as close to rock
points as possible. The bronzebacks appear to be staging in depths of
10-20 feet when current is flowing and are most aggressive during early
largemouth bass to feed early in the morning around boat docks and
boathouses that offer plenty of submerged structure. One method anglers
are using is pitching jig-and-pig combinations as far under the docks
as possible where you can expect the bite to be light.
white bass bite has been good late in the day around causeway bridges
when current is flowing. Drifting live minnows is a great way to
hook-up on white bass, hybrid stripe and occasionally a crappie or two.
Start casting before the morning sun begins to rise if searching for
largemouth bass. Anglers have caught a few largemouth bass that top the
9-pound mark by throwing buzzbaits and plastic rats in and around
floating grass beds.
in the day, throwing a jig-and-plastic craw or jig-and-pig combination
around riprap has proven effective for catching largemouth bass in the
2- to 4-pound range.
Anglers are finding a two-hour window after the sun comes up in the
morning when they can hook-up on largemouth and spotted bass. A
six-inch, Texas-rigged plastic worm is a great all-around bait to use
around rock structure when casting for largemouth or spotted bass.
— Paul Stackhouse