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Last Updated: 02/03/2014
Fishing Alabama Reeds Guide Service
Wheeler Lake Report By Reed Montgomery Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Birmingham, Alabama Website www.fishingalabama.com
Impounded 1936 / Lake level down for winter pool 4.50 feet / Water temps low 50's / Air temps low 60's first week of February
Following late Januarys severe winter storm with air temps in the teens (and lower) plus snow, dangerous icy roads, schools closed and stranded motorists seen walking along Interstates in Birmingham and major roads closed state wide, the first week of February with mid 60 degree weather is a welcome sight!
Water temps have climbed, from the lakes fridgid upper 30's to the low 50's! A full moon on Feb 14 coupled with a winter warming trend may show largemouth bass, spotted bass and smallmouth bass quickly jump into the prespawn mode.
Low lake level down for winter pool of 4-5 feet calls for extreme caution when navigating your boat! Always wear your life jacket and outboard motor kill switch and dress warm bringing along food, drinks, water, a lighter and spare clothes too!
With spring only a few weeks away look for these bass to move up to the lakes likly looking prespawn locations located in or near shallow water.
* Low water will reveal the lakes bottom composition and these bass will gather in numbers in places they will eventually bed in and around like sand, small pebble rocks or small boulders.
Still, think slow in your lure presentations until waters warm into the low to mid 60's, for these bass will still be a bit sluggish from all the cold winter weather recently.
Wood cover and rock cover found along prespawn gathering spots like rocky points, creek mouths, islands, the mouths of small cuts and pockets, main lake flats, creek flats and pockets located along rock bluffs are now your targets.
Lures of all kinds, rigs of all kinds and techniques of all kinds now work! Still, fish slow.
Alabama rigs, swim baits, soft jerk baits, crankbaits, lipless lures, spinnerbaits, suspending hard bodied jerk baits, jigging spoons and loads of lures fished on or near bottom are all good in these places.
Small finesse worms, jig combos, Texas-rigged and Carolina-rigged plastics, grubs, drop shot rigs, beavers, worms, lizards and crayfish imitations all fool all bass species on Wheeler lake in late winter.
Or you can always call (205) 663-1504 on Reeds Guide Service ...first!
"Wheeler Lakes and all of Alabamas oldest, professional -- bass fishing only -- guide service for over 40 years, state wide fishing year round'
Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery Owner of Reeds Guide Service Birmingham, Alabama (205 ) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com
ABOUT THIS LAKE
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.
CURRENT WATER DATA
GUIDE REPORT: BEST TIME TO FISH
|3am - 11am
|11am - 6pm
|6pm - 12am
|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|