North Alabama Fishing Reports – A majority of the anglers who decided to fish the Tennessee River and its many creeks and tributaries this past week found the overall bite to be good.
This pattern should hold another week if temperatures stay steady without a major cold front coming
A few trophy-size largemouth bass have been caught along the north ledge of the main river channel just west of the railroad bridge.
Anglers have been using deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina-rigs with plastic worms and plastic craws.
A few decent crappie catches have been made in and close to the Spring Creek area.
Deep inside the creek, look for ditches that are bordered by plenty of structure such as stumps and brushpiles. Also, work the shorelines of the main river itself around blowdowns and other mass structure areas. Both locations should be fished with live minnows on 10-12-feet manufactured crappie rigs.
Catfishing is good late in the day around concrete and rock structure when current is flowing. Chicken livers and nightcrawlers on the bottom works best.
Wilson Lake: Drifting live shad is a good way to catch stripers, hybrid stripe and white bass in the currents below Wheeler Dam. Also, using live shad or live (large) shiner minnows on a Carolina-rig around rock points attracts hybrid stripe and smallmouth bass in a hurry if the current is flowing.
Using live minnows around creek-mouth blowdowns is a good technique to find crappie feeding in the middle of the day.
Pickwick Lake: Using live crawfish along slopping gravel banks late in the day is a great way to catch a good-size smallmouth bass or two. Some anglers say it is best to remove the pincers of the crawfish so the crustaceans can’t crawl underneath rocks. I prefer to leave the pincers on because when a crawfish throws them out in defense mode, this excites the largest bass into striking.
If I don’t receive a bite in a few minutes, I will raise the rod tip to pull the crawfish out from under a rock and tighten my line again.
Lake Guntersville: Working rock bluffs and points with crankbaits can pay big dividends when fishing during mid-morning hours. If this isn’t working, switch over to jig-and-pig combinations and work riprap areas very slow.
— Paul Stackhouse, DAILY Correspondent