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Fishing Lake Wheeler, Alabama

05/05/19 Fishing Report for Lake Wheeler: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of
page) There are still some smallmouth spawning but the spots and largemouth are
pre-spawn and feeding in shallow water early and late. Buzz baits, spinner baits and shallow
crank baits are working. Stripers are deeper and being caught trolling. Crappie are spawned
out but holding and feeding under docks and in brush piles in deeper water.

Description of the Lake:
Wheeler Lake is a 67,000 acre lake located in north-central Alabama at Decatur. It is the
second largest lake in the state with over 1,000 miles of shoreline. It included sixty miles of
the Tennessee, River. There are several marinas and other resources that offer amenities
for anglers including boat rentals and plenty of boat launch ramps. Bass boats, canoes,
kayaks, pontoon boats, and john boats are used to fish the lake. There is some bank access
to the lake as well.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Sauger
Striped Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish (Shellcrackers)
Black Crappie
White Crappie

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Spring is a good time for bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and crappie
Summer:
This is a good time for all species of bass..
Fall:
Fall it a great time for bass, redear sunfish, and bluegill.
Winter:
Winter months are good for bass and sauger.

Lake Level: Wheeler

Weather: Decatur, Alabama

Recommended Lures and Bait For :
Largemouth Bass

Striped Bass

Bluegill/Sheelcrackers:

Crappie:





























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass - Minnow, Crayfish

Hybrid Stripers - Shad

Bluegill/Shellcrackers - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
01/19/19 Sauger fishing is popular at this time of the year. Bass fishing is good
year-round including this time of the season. Bass are generally found in the
deeper water of channels and creeks as well as both submerged and above
water river ledges. Crappie are deep and slow to take anything but can be
caught.
02/21/19 Sauger fishing is red hot. Fish spoons and jigs with tralers in water
from six to twelve feet deep. Bass are holding on the deep ledges of othe old
river bank and ledges of the creek channels. Deep diving crankbaits and
dropping singe spin spinner baits will do the trick.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.