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Wintertime Trophy Smallmouth Bass of
The Tennessee River System consists of four, man made impoundments, all
situated in Northwest Alabama. There is Guntersville Lake, Alabama's
largest reservoir at 82 miles in length. Right below it is Wheeler Lake,
Alabama's second largest reservoir, about 74 miles long. Then there is
Wilson Lake, the smallest reservoir on the Tennessee River System,
featuring only 15 navigable miles in length. Right below Wilson Lake is
Pickwick Lake, about 50 miles long, from Wilson dam to Pickwick dam.
So with these facts in mind, most anglers visiting north Alabama for the
first time would immediately ignore the smallest lake (Wilson Lake), and
start making plans to head for one of the larger reservoirs. That would
be just fine...most of the year. But to ignore Wilson Lake during the
winter months could be a big mistake. Especially if your a single fish
angler, looking to just boat one true, trophy-sized smallmouth bass.
Lets say a twelve pounder. Yes, they do exist, for all of these
Tennessee River Reservoirs have aged, with each lake now over 50 years
Wilson Lake once held the world record smallmouth bass. But it was
caught. That monster brown bass weighed 10 pounds and 8 ounces. It was
taken by a most fortunate angler a long, long, time ago, in the year
1950. Since then, that previous world record smallmouth bass record was
eventually broken in Tennessee with an 11 pound plus smallmouth bass.
I say, " lets not wait another 50 years, its time to see another true,
trophy sized smallmouth bass taken out of one of Alabama's Tennessee
Wilson Lake, or upstream Wheeler Lake, or even downstream Pickwick Lake
could give up that next smallmouth bass of a lifetime. That is, if that
angler is prepared for the fight of a lifetime and he/she eventually
wins. For so many, "would be world record holders" have already tried
and been beaten. Everything must be in perfect working order to land
such a fish.
Experienced anglers and any trusty, Boy Scout all know. Its called, "
being prepared. " Fooling one of these crafty, brown bass into biting,
is just one of the first few steps towards eventually having those rare
bragging rights, that are only rewarded after landing such a bass. Many
other reason exists, as to why so many anglers have failed (in all of
these years), in breaking this hard-to-break world record.
From the very end of that extra sharp hook to the butt of the handle of
the rod your using, all things "breakable" must be checked. Or last of
all, your heart could get broken. There are many tales floating around
the old U.S.of A. about, " the one that got away " and many of those
fishing tales originated on this mighty, Tennessee River System. So
don't let yours be added to this long, ever growing list of would-be
heroes. Like said, "be prepared" when you come to Wilson Lake, or any
lake for that matter.
Wilson Lake is a small lake. It is only 15 miles long, it consists of
15,930 surface acres of water and Wilson lake features only 150 miles of
shoreline. Shoreline, that's the lakes banks, where most anglers usually
concentrate their efforts when bass fishing on Wilson Lake. Feeder
creeks exists throughout the lake, some creeks small by most standards
and others slightly bigger, with all creeks featuring a winding creek
channel loaded with fish holding cover, leading far back in the scenic
countryside to provide you a nice backdrop when fishing these
Near the lakes headwaters is Big Nance Creek and Bluewater Creek, both
creeks featuring loads of wood cover like log jams, laying trees,
stumps, brush and even resident planted Christmas trees. There are
plenty of visible rocks, man made rip-rap rocks, boulders and rock
bluffs. These are winding creek channels that feature decent, navigable
depths to about midways of these creeks, year round.
Other feeder creeks worth investigating found down stream, are Town
Creek, more of a flatland creek featuring wood cover like piers, trees,
logs, stumps and a bonus, "aquatic weeds", all found at mid lake.
McCerman Creek is near the lower lake's Wilson lake dam. Shoal Creek,
Six Mile Creek and Four Mile Creek (across the lake from McCerman
creek), are near Wilson Lake dam and they all hold good concentrations
of both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass all throughout the winter
Anglers seeking smallmouth bass in relatively deeper water sanctuaries
can begin their search in Wilson Lake's headwaters, situated right below
massive, Wheeler lake dam. Not all that deep at 5-15 foot depths, but
these current laden waters are homes to some of Wilson lake's biggest
smallmouth bass ever taken on record. Including one memorable
smallmouth, that of my father's.
An 8 1/2 pound bronzeback beauty that, as told by my Uncle Harold (God
rest both of their weary soles), jumped "head high" at least a half
dozen times, before they boated it. They were drifting in the current of
these swift, tailrace waters on a cold, rainy miserable winter day when
my father hooked into this fighting ball of fury. It was fooled on a
That memory (although I was not there, I feel like I was my Uncle told
it so many times), of that jumping brown bass, a smallmouth bass all
trophy bass anglers seek, will live on in the minds of many other
anglers still alive today. Anglers of yesterday, "old timers" as they
say, that saw pictures of it posted everywhere in Alabama.
Like said, "shorelines are where most anglers fish." Or even below dams
can be community holes. Even rock bluffs. But old river channel
drop-offs, ledges, submerged humps, old ridges, underwater islands and
rock piles, are just a few of the places for the more serious, trophy
bass angler to explore this winter. I truly believe there is an awful
lot of untapped deep water in Wilson Lake's deeper sections. Places that
could hold and eventually give up another, " World Record Smallmouth
Bass. " Could it be yours?
Explore Wilson Lake this winter season. But you may get lonely. There is
some miserable weather in north Alabama during the months of late
December, January and February. But also keep in mind, there are more
trophy smallmouth bass taken on these lakes in these winter months, than
during any of the other seasons combined. So sometimes you have got to
brave the elements to get your just rewards. At times your search will
only produce a few bites on these cold, miserable days of winter. But it
could show your efforts to produce the fish of lifetime, eventually
laying in the bottom of the boat and isn't that what its all about?
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Fall Bass Fishing Wilson Lake
Wilson Lake on the Tennessee River System was impounded over 80 years
ago. That's a long time for a man made impoundment to endure the test of
time. Being many factors. The mighty Tennessee River System that feeds
the lake can show water generation greatly influence aquatic weed growth
on this rather small lake, only 17 miles in length. If the lake is
suddenly drawn down it can expose a lot of weedy homes. When the lakes
lowered these weeds die.
If Wilson lake is allowed to get over normal, full pool levels (507.0)
it can suddenly cover up the many aquatic weeds growing along the lakes
shoreline and feeder creeks. This is when the fish predators such as
largemouth bass, move in to feed on the many varieties of prey found
within and around these aquatic weeds.
Another factor many anglers look forward to is water generation. When
the water is released from massive, Wheeler Lake dam it creates a
feeding frenzy among the lakes fish inhabitants. Fish gather in huge
numbers in the lakes headwaters and they have over a mile wide area,
below this dam of current filled waters to explore. All in search of the
days next washed in meal. Or your lure.
So anglers come from all over the globe to fish these current laden
waters often by simply just running the boat up to the dam, then
drifting in the current fishing with live bait, cut bait or lures that
look like the baitfish and crayfish found here. Wilson Lakes free public
boat launch is about a half mile below the dam discharge area.
* NOTE * You must wear life jackets when fishing these lake headwaters,
it is the law, boaters must have them on when within 800 yards of the
dam. You may also be checked by the water patrol for other items such as
a throw cushion, fire extinguisher, boat registration papers and fishing
LURES FOR WILSON LAKES BASS
There are hundreds of anglers that come from all over the globe,
throughout the United States and from all over Alabama and surrounding
states, to fish Wilson Lake. Many of them are looking for a one of a
kind of trophy fish found in Wilson Lakes waters. The smallmouth bass.
Wilson Lake has given up one world record smallmouth bass and anglers
that fish this lake with any regularity believe there is another one
here. There are many lures (both small and large ones), these smallmouth
bass will hit throughout the fall season.
Topwater Lures - These lures get the attention of Wilson Lake's
schooling bass and early morning or late evening bass, usually feeding
during low light periods. But it does not mean a bass will not hit these
type of lures right in the middle of the day. Prop-baits, popping type
topwaters and walking type topwaters all look like the many meals washed
in this lake. A bass will bust any of these topwaters and dozens of
other topwaters, if its hungry and nearby.
Mid-running Lures - This can be shallow to mid diving crankbaits,
floating and suspending two hook and three hook model jerkbaits,
rattling lipless lures, in-line spinners, even weightless lures like
soft shad imitations, Senkos and floating worms. There are a lot of bass
that suspend in mid water depths in Wilson Lakes headwaters and
surrounding rock bluffs, usually in less than 10 feet of water. These
mid depth lures are good lures for reaching them and getting those
reaction strikes in the swift current, other lures may not entice.
Bottom Lures - This can be small worms, mid-size worms or worms in the
10-12 inch size. Or small 4 inch lizards, 6 inch lizards and 8 inch
lizards. Crayfish imitations can be soft plastic crayfish rigged on a
jig head, Texas rigged, Carolina rigged or drop shot rigged. These rigs
are good for other soft plastics. Creature lures with several trailing
appendages are excellent here in Wilson lakes headwaters. Tube baits and
Jig combos are good to.
Bring plenty of each lure in various sizes and all colors and
experiment. Also bring plenty of hooks, jig heads and sinkers. You will
hang up a lot on these rocky, lake headwaters. Jigging spoons or fishing
with tailspinners are good lures for all fish species in Wilson lake.
Again, bring plenty of spoons in all sizes, usually of 1/4 to 1/2 ounce.
They do hang up and you will lose some in a day or two of fishing Wilson
Fishing the lakes headwaters, its incoming feeder Creeks, rock bluffs or
some of Wilson's hidden, underwater mid lake humps and drop-offs, an
angler can actually have a chance at connecting with one of these trophy
sized jumping, brown bass. This can take place on any outing here this
fall and winter season. Be prepared with new line, sharp hooks, a good
net and a good net man. Getting these smallmouth bass in the boat is
another thing. Actually, just landing a huge, tackle-testing smallmouth
bass is a real bonus in itself...one many anglers fail to get rewarded
Planning a trip to Wilson Lake this fall and winter season? The colder
it gets, the bigger the bass get and far less anglers on the lake.
Always call on Reeds Guide Service...first!
" Over 40 Years Fishing and Guiding on Wilson Lake and other Alabama
Lakes for bass and stripers". Remember, a guided fishing trip with Reeds
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Summer on Wilson Lake
From Wilson dam to Wheeler dam is only a little less than 16 miles.
Although a very small lake and a very short distance from dam to dam,
compared to the 50 plus miles of other Tennessee River impoundment's,
this small lake has big rewards.
Like the one received, by some fortunate angler that caught the world
record smallmouth bass in the 50's. Or the lady that caught a 13 pound
largemouth bass, while fishing below Wheeler dam. Or the many anglers
that have successfully hooked and landed striped bass and catfish, in
excess of 30 pounds. It also has an excellent bream population, an
abundance of catfish, hybred-striped bass, white bass, and even a decent
sized crappie population.
All of these, and other fish species, can be found while fishing the
lakes lower end. Here, like other Tennessee River impoundment's, the
lake was backed up with towering rock bluffs, now flooded, years after
Small pockets, and main lake flats, in addition to the cooler, shady
areas, found under piers, boat houses and overhanging rock bluffs, are
all excellent spots to search out both the largemouth bass and
smallmouth bass, during day and night fishing excursions, this summer.
Not far from Wilson dam, on the lakes Northeastern shores is a feeder
creek worth exploring this summer. Shoal Creek, spanned at its
midsection by Hwy.72 bridge, shows nice catches of largemouth bass,
smallmouth bass, stripers (and even crappie under the bridge at night
with lights), even when its very hot. Across the lake, McKierman Creek
is smaller, but does has deep water access and a good fish population.
Hidden, underwater humps can't be seen, but a good map will reveal these
mid lake spots, anglers can find huge schools of bass bunched up in this
summer. Just above Shoal Creek, are two feeder creeks named Six Mile
Creek and Four Mile Creek. Scan a map and look out in front of these
small feeders, at midlake, to discover humps that can be found with some
Town Creek, found on the lakes Southeastern side, is a good creek for
finding a variety of fish this summer, all seeking the current and
cooler mountainous waters found in this creek's headwaters. As you enter
this creek beware of floating logs and shallow, stump rows. The weedy
islands in the creek mouth hold quality fish all summer. As do the many
piers and boat houses found here.
Look for surfacing fish, at the lakes headwaters this summer. Fishing
below Wheeler dam in Wilson Lakes headwaters, anglers can encounter line
stretching fish, when targeting surfacing or schooling activity on top.
There is a lock to explore, rocky bluffs, rock islands and rip-rap lined
banks, for targeting shallow fish found in the 5-10 foot range all
Feeder creeks in these lake headwaters are few. On the lakes
Northeastern shores is Blue Water Creek. Log jams, creek flats, weed
beds, rock bluffs, and piers, this small creek has it all for the
versatile creek-fishing angler.
The same goes for Big Nancy Creek, found on the lakes Southeastern side,
near the dam. It has a twisting, winding creek channel, with 5-10 foot
depths. Log jams, laying trees, stumps, brush piles, rock bluffs and a
bridge that crosses midways of this creek, shows a lot of fish relating
to a variety of cover, all throughout the summer months.
Spring on Wilson Lake
Wilson lake, by some standards is a small lake. Sandwiched between upper
reservoir Wheeler Lake and lower Tennessee River reservoir Pickwick Lake
to the South, Wilson Lake only 15 1/2 miles in length, could be passed
up (by those that do not know) for bigger waters nearby. However,
anglers should always consider a day of fishing Wilson Lake when they
are planning a trip to North Alabama.
This small impoundment of 15,930 surface acres has some very fishy
looking water. Wilson lake, now over 80 years since impoundment, is
"very big" on all types of fish. Wilson lake may be the most varied
fishery in Alabama, holding many different species of freshwater fish.
It is loaded with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and a good population
of spotted bass as well. Striped bass come in numbers, some weighing
from 20-30 pounds (or bigger) have been taken in years past. This goes
for hybrid striped bass and white bass as well.
Anglers seeking the famed "brown bass," the smallmouth bass, come from
all around the globe to sample her waters for these true tackle testing
bass...and rightfully so. The previous world record smallmouth bass came
out of Wilson Lake in 1950. It weighed a whopping ten and one half
pounds. After over 50 years, there have been many smallmouths taken from
7-10 pounds on Wilson Lake, some that got away.
March on Wilson Lake is all according to the weather. Fishing can be
tremendous for weeks at a time with warming trends. But you can always
expect a cold front in March in north Alabama, one that can shut them
down for a few days. Heavy rains are common during March and often
several days of torrential downpours can really muddy up the lake and
The first week of March this spring season (and a few weeks after that)
showed unseasonably warm days of mid 70's and mild nights of mid 50's.
Some cold fronts with daytime highs in the 50's occurred, but nothing to
serious to severely drop the water temperatures and send the bass back
to the deep.
By mid March of this spring season water temperatures were hovering in
the mid 60's on Wilson Lake. So, it looks like an early spring, unless
of course another severe cold front sneaks in, when anglers least expect
As bass of all species move in the creeks, a variety of lures will fool
some of the year's biggest largemouth bass, spotted bass and smallmouth
bass. Some bass are still feeding and very active while others are
already bedding with the full moon nearby in mid April. Lures are many
at this time of year for fooling both largemouth bass, smallmouth bass
and an occasional spotted bass or even a striped bass species.
Shallow to deep diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits, floating and suspending
jerkbaits, rattling lipless lures, topwaters and loads of soft plastics
and jigs on bottom, will all fool these prespawn bass of March.
April shows the entire lakes water warming, aquatic weeds in full bloom
and Wilson Lake alive with feeding bass, baitfish activity and lots of
spawning bass. As waters reach the optimum spawning temperature of 72
degrees bass can actually be seen in the shallows. Feeder creeks, flats
on the main lake, flats found in shallow water along rock bluffs, flats
in small cuts and pockets, and any point on the main lake or up in
feeder creeks, will display the easily seen and freshly made beds for
The month of May on Wilson Lake (like any Alabama Lake) shows some of
the year's best, consistent action, for bass fishing. Especially with
the use of topwater lures. Many anglers wonder why topwater lures are
often the lures of choice when it comes to bass fishing in May on Wilson
Lake and all throughout Alabama.
Well, there are many reasons why you should have several different types
of topwaters handy this spring. Maybe even a few extras, just in case a
big bass decides to take one away from you.
Most bass have bed by mid May. Many bass are through with the rituals of
bedding, some are through guarding the bed against unwanted intruders
and now mostly smaller male bass are protecting the small, inch long,
newborn baby bass. This is all that's left to keep them in the shallows.
All but one other very important factor in the life of all bass. Eating.
For almost a month (from late March, until the first week of May), both
the male and female bass of Wilson Lake have been stressed out. Prior to
bedding, both male and female bass have eaten well, fattening up for the
spawn. But when actually going on the bed they don't eat very much. The
bigger female bass lay their eggs, hang around a few days and leave the
tending of the nest for the male.
But these much bigger female bass (most anglers are seeking), do stick
around and even some male bass can reach a hearty weight of 5 pounds.
They both rest during May and recuperate, but still they are constantly
watching over their newborn baby bass offspring. Most only eat when
irritated or when the occasion provides an easy to catch meal. Like slow
moving topwater lures.
After a few weeks of spawning both the male and female bass will regain
their strength and make up for lost time at the dinner table. That's why
lures that are retrieved on or along the waters surface in shallow water
(less than 5 feet deep, but usually around 1-3 feet deep), are at their
best during the month of May. May is traditionally known as post spawn
time for some very hungry bass on Wilson Lake, the Tennessee river's
smallest lake...that is very big on fishing during the spring.
Give it a try this spring and discover some of Wilson Lake's " best
fishing of the year " for targeting bass, stripers and other species of
freshwater fish. Or always call on Reeds Guide Service...first! (205)
787-5133. " Over 30 Years of Bass and Striper Fishing, Professionally
Guiding, Catering to Tournament Anglers...and just fishing and catching
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*NOTE* Please Practice C P R Catch, Photo and Release This Spring
Season. So Future Anglers Will Have Fish Like We Do Today!
Winter on Wilson Lake
Trophy, smallmouth bass. In Alabama, that's a
smallmouth bass exceeding five pounds. Wilson Lake has got loads of 5
pound plus smallies and now is the time of year to fish for them. From a
period, starting in mid January until mid March, is acclaimed to be the
best time of the entire year for having your best chance at fooling a
real, trophy sized, smallmouth bass. Of course after successfully
fooling it into biting your offering, then you have got to wrestle that
monster into the boat!
But first you have got to be there...to experience a shot at "stardom"
on Wilson Lake.
As a matter of fact, for the next two months anglers seeking these very
rare and mysterious "brown bass," should at least plan one or two trips
to the Tennessee River impoundment's Wilson Lake and Pickwick Lake. This
is your chance for a really big, smallmouth bass. Or bring your own boat
and spend an entire week. Go for a few days and fish both lakes with a
qualified guide. Then return on your own, for the next few days of your
trip in your boat!
Many anglers use live bait when tackling these often skittish and hard
to fool bass. You can bet many of these trophy, smallmouth bass (those
that have passed that 5 year old mark), have seen a lot of lures. So its
easy to acclaim, that they have been hooked and either lost a few times
or fortunately released by some conservation minded angler. Although its
been said, " Bass don't remember very well " I do think they associate
certain lure appeals with danger. So live bait may be better at times.
However, on the other hand. Lures can entice even the most weariest of
smallmouth bass into biting especially when they are found voraciously
feeding or when bed protecting smallmouth bass are targeted. Like my Dad
always said, " There is no challenge with live bait ." Sure, it makes
for some very relaxing ways of fishing and there is nothing wrong with
using live bait. But with lures there is that challenge. Tournament
anglers cannot use live bait. I never use live bait in my guide service.
Often, the use of many various types of lures is what keeps it
interesting, that is on a daily basis, for any angler. Fishing is never
the same on any two days and you always have to figure em' out to get
the fish to even bite your lures. During January, February and on into
March there are many lure choices and various ways to fish them in
winter. But first you may ask why now and why choose Wilson Lake?
Reasons being, these smallmouth bass are foolishly feeding and
constantly fattening up in January and February. Most smallmouth bass
are getting ready to spawn in the early spring period. March will show
some of the biggest female smallmouths bedding around a full moon. By
April there will still be trophy, smallmouth bass still be bedding and
some will be coming off the beds. While in April and early May you will
see most largemouth bass just beginning their spawning rituals on Wilson
Unlike upper Tennessee River Reservoir Wheeler Lake and down stream
Impoundment Pickwick Lake (both are lowered during winter pool), Wilson
Lake is kept "at or near" full pool during winter. Wilson Lake (by
comparison with these other massive, north Alabama Lakes) is a small,
man made Lake, now 83 years since it was impounded in 1924.
Lures for Wilson Lake
So how would an angler fish a lake that is less than 18 miles long?
Slow during winter. Lure choice can be many. But many anglers always end
up dragging some kind of offering along the lakes bottom. So heres a
line up of the "all time trophy smallmouth bass favorites" for fishing
on or near bottom on Wilson Lake.
No matter where you fish a bass will hit a worm. Worms in lengths of 4
inches and worms up to 10 inches long can be used to fool trophy,
smallmouth bass. As labeled, they do have "small mouths" but this name
can be a misconception. I have seen 3-4 pound smallmouth bass brought on
the boat with a lure hook in their mouth and a big shad 6-8 inches in
length, half way down their throat!
Still, they do like small worms, for many of these smallmouth bass feed
in clear water and they can really scrutinize a worm before inhaling it.
Colors matter to. More translucent colors are needed for clear water
Watermelon green / with black flake is a favorite color. Also try
pumpkinseed / with a chartreuse tail, root beer, cotton candy or just
plain red or blue 4-6 inch worms. Various crayfish colors should always
be rigged and ready to try, like brown / with an orange tail, black /
with blue tail or green / with a chartreuse tail.
Texas rigged worms, jig head rigged worms and Carolina rigged worms all
fall in their own individual category. Keep in mind on both Wilson Lake
and Pickwick Lake you will be fishing lots of lure grabbing rocks so
bring plenty of lures, hooks, fishing line, and the hardware needed for
each rig or type of rig you use.
PLASTIC LIZARDS AND CRAYFISH LURES
Like worms these two lure choices have their own distinct
characteristics. Lizards entice angry bass into biting or attacking, due
to their being an egg eating prey when these smallmouth bass are
bedding. But lizards are not only for late winter and spring. They also
eat lizards or waterdogs year round!
Lizards come in all sizes and colors. Small 4-6 inch lizards are best
rigged for picky bass. Colors can be the same as worms but trying to
match the local lizard colors is best. Of all colors you cannot go wrong
with black, but always try brown, purple, blue and dark green. These
colors best simulate the lizards on Wilson Lake. Fish scents, lures like
Berkley "Gulp" or jig combos with pork trailers, may attract weary
smallmouth bass that follow or trail these lures.
Crayfish are consumed daily on Wilson Lake by these smallmouth bass.
They love em.' So crayfish lures that look, act, smell and taste real
are always on the menu. You can rig them Texas rigged, on a jig head,
with a small split shot or they can be rigged trailing along 1-3 feet on
a Carolina rig leader.
The lakes muddy bottom is best suited for these presentations and
crayfish kick up little spurts of mud off the bottom when they swim
along. So bumping the bottom with any rig does very much simulate
Colors should look like crayfish colors. Brown, dark blue and dark green
are the crayfish colors that reside in Wilson Lake. Unless these
crayfish are in a molting process, that shows them displaying much
lighter colors like pumpkinseed or light green which are often better.
I have seen crayfish in the bottom of my livewell that have been
regurgitated by these smallmouth bass. They always have these colors on
them in addition to some bright color on the crayfish's bottom and
pinchers, like red or orange. So include lures in two shades as well
like Brown / with orange or black / with blue.
TUBE BAITS AND CREATURE BAITS
I don't know what these lures actually simulate to the bass, perhaps
crayfish. What ever both lures imitate they both work rather well on
Wilson Lake for bottom hugging smallies. Tube baits come in all sizes
and colors. They can be rigged weightless, with a small weight, or jig
head, or they can be drug across the bottom on a Carolina rig.
Best colors can vary on tube baits. I have had success using smoke
colored tubes / with red flake, or smoke / black flake, watermelon /
with black or red flake, white or pearl colored tubes. Some anglers dye
the trailing tentacles, tails and legs of tubes and other lures a
different color like chartreuse, to offset the lures color and generate
Creature baits are lures with either two, four or six trailing
appendages. They must look like something smallmouth bass eat for they
are hard to beat on some days. Colors like purple / with silver flake,
brown or pumpkinseed, watermelon or tails dyed with another bright color
like red, lime or chartreuse may be good.
JIGs and JIG COMBOS
Jigs simulate crayfish, small minnows and other baitfish. Hair jigs are
loved by smallmouth bass found throughout the world. Hair jig colors /
Black, brown, brown with orange, black and blue, pumpkinseed with orange
all look like crayfish. Pearl, white, lime, chartreuse, yellow, smoke /
with glitter or shad are good baitfish colors.
Jig combos are either rubber skirted jigs, or hair jigs with an attached
twin tailed grub, a plastic chunk trailer, plastic crayfish imitation or
a pork trailer. These jig combos can be slowly fished on bottom, with a
stop and go retrieve, or jig combos can be swam across the lakes bottom.
Or jig combos can be hopped with a slow, up and down presentation. All
of which simulates the swimming action of a real live crayfish.
Colors matter to on Jig combos. Some anglers go for an all brown on
brown jig and trailer, or all black or all blue. Mixing colors can be
good, giving the bass a chance to find two totally different lure colors
very appealing. Like a blue jig / with a black trailer or a black jig /
with a blue trailer, etc.
These are just a few of the best lures you can fish for smallmouth bass
this winter on Wilson Lake. Try a few of your own and you may discover
other similar lures that work too!
Make no mistake about it, Wilson Lake can show some of the best fishing
for smallmouth bass found anywhere in Alabama during the next 8 weeks.
So make your plans now to visit this North Alabama Lake now. See
www.northalabama.org for accommodations. See my website:
www.fishingalabama.com for more fishing tips, articles and winter lake
Be safe this winter on our lakes. Dress warm, wear your life jacket and
outboard motor kill switch.
Always call on Reeds Guide Service...first! For fishing for bass and
stripers on any lake in Alabama. Several boats and guides available year
round. See my website: www.fishingalabama.com for more info.
This Report Provided by:
By Reed Montgomery
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