Will if you want to drift shad below Wheeler Dam I heard they are hitting okay there now. I'd probably hire a guide if I've never done that before below wheeler Dam (can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing).
The fishing on Wilson is pretty slow now because of the cool down that's happening on the lake in the last couple of weeks. Water temperature is around 63 degrees over most of the lake now.
I friend of mine and I have been fishing Wilson the last few Fridays and have managed to catch a good number of bass but nothing big to brag about.
The key for us has been to find the huge schools of shad in the backs of the creeks and cast small 3/8 ounce H&H type spinerbaits at them once the bass bust the shad schools.
There are millions of shad in schools all over the lake now and finding the right ones is the key.
If I did not see schools of shad and fish chasing them I would not waste my time fishing there and move on to the next school of bait fish.