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Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau
719 6th Avenue SE
Decatur, AL 35601

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In a year-round fishing heaven, local anglers and tournament pros hit the water in search of largemouth bass. Dark jigs cast on points and along bluff walls at night are good for smallmouth bass in the lower reservoir. Spotted bass – we call them “spots” – also are common; they’re found primarily near the main channel. Striped bass, hybrids and white bass make spring runs and can be caught schooling during the summer.

At 67,100 acres, Wheeler Lake is the largest of three stair-stepping reservoirs along the Tennessee River that were created by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s and 1940s. Situated in north central Alabama, Wheeler Lake stretches 60 miles from Guntersville Dam to Wheeler Dam, with the City of Decatur at about the midway point.

The terrain and structure of Wheeler is diverse. The upper end of the reservoir is a run-of-the-river reservoir as it goes past Huntsville and begins spreading out near Decatur. In the middle section, stump flats, weed beds, and creek channels are popular locations for lunker bass. The lower end has many steep banks and long points.


Jan 49.4° F 30.4° F
Feb 54.1° F 33.6° F
Mar 63.2° F 41° F
Apr 73° F 49.5° F
May 80.2° F 58.1° F
Jun 87° F 65.9° F
Jul 89.6° F 69.4° F
Aug 89.4° F 68.4° F
Sep 83.6° F 62.1° F
Oct 73.6° F 49.9° F
Nov 62.3° F 40.4° F
Dec 52.6° F 33.4° F