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Angler's Pictures from Wilson Lake and Wheeler Tailwaters

Email your pictures to Doug Darr.
The smallmouth bass record for Wilson Lake and Wheeler tailwaters is ten-pounds, 8-ounces. And the largemouth bass record for Wilson Lake is 11-pounds, 2-ounces. We are still looking to certify lake record spotted bass (4-pound minimum). We also have an angler recognition program for other sport fish.

6-pound smallmouth
Jeff Glessner struck paydirt with this 6-pound smallie below Wheeler Dam using a 1/2-oz. white spinnerbait on March 23, 2014.
 
Twin big bass
Loren Warren holds two fine bass taken while drifting shad during the summer of 2013.
Big Bass
Sherry Warren shows that big bass are also caught during the summer below Wheeler Dam.
13-pound striped bass
Thirteen pounds of Fighting Striped Bass
June 1, 2013 
35-pound catfish
A 35-pound blue catfish on 10-pound test line, fun below Wheeler Dam, June 1, 2013.
 Seven Pound Bass
This seven-pound largemouth bass took a drifting threadfin shad below Wheeler Dam, June 1, 2013.
 four pound smallmouth
I wonder which fish was more fun for Loren Warren to catch, the seven-pound largemouth or this four-pound smallmouth bass.  Find out for yourself.
Smallmouth bass
Jeff Glessner landed this fine smallie on while using an Alabama rig below Wheeler Dam, March 24, 2012. 

Phil Ekema caught this 2-1/2 lb smallmouth bass on October 29, 2010 from Wilson Reservoir.

Tim Hall caught this 3-1/2 lb largemouth bass on October 29, 2010.
 
Tim Hall caught this 1-1/2 lb smallmouth bass on October 29, 2010.


Damon Abernethy and Brian Rinehard caught these smallmouth bass from Wilson Lake in 2011.

Wheeler tailwater smallmouth bass, October 2010.
Wheeler tailwater produced some fine smallmouth bass drifting bait when the turbines are running in late October of 2010.

Jeremy Waldrop Jonathan Barksdale fish Wheeler Tailwaters
Jeremy Waldrop and Jonathan Barksdale fish Wheeler Tailwaters and catch a fine largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in the same drift. This was October 9, 2010, with warm weather and little rain.
Don Rego with nice smallmouth bass and largemouth bass
Don Rego and Don Rego with smallmouth bass and largemouth bass, respectively, caught with spinnerbaits and deep crankbaits from Wilson Lake with the water temperatures just below 50, December 14, 2009.


Two smallies taken in late October 2009.


This fish was taken drifting shad below Wheeler Dam in late October.

 
Largemouth bass, like this seven pounder, can also be taken while drifting shad below Wheeler Dam.

 Warren on Wilson
Big smallmouth bass can be taken below Wheeler or Wilson dams by drifting shad. This smallie was caught in late October of 2009


As of June 20, 2009, Jerry Daily holds the Wilson Lake Record for this 11 pound and 2 ounce largemouth bass.

Blue Catfish
Regina Rhodes caught this 62-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on July 14, 2009.


Elliot Hacker with a smallmouth bass caught during the high water of May 7, 2009.


Elliot Hacker with two largemouth bass caught on a willowleaf spinnerbait during the high water of May 7, 2009.

May 5, 2009
Not a bad string for the high water of May 6, 2009. They fished with Steve Hacker.

If you have a good digital picture of fishing at Wilson Lake, please email it to Doug.Darr@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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