Wheeler Lake is located in north central Alabama, halfway between Birmingham and Nashville. This TVA lake is Alabama’s second largest lake, and stretches 60 miles from Guntersville Dam to Wheeler Dam near Rogersville. The upper end of Wheeler has shallow waters and strong currents but the lake widens and slows near Decatur. Stump flats, weed beds and creek channels are popular locations in the middle section, while the lower end features many steep banks and long points.
Wheeler Lake Fishing Tips
Common baits for bass include crank baits, Carolina or Texas-rigged plastics, spinner baits and shaky-head rigged finesse worms. When fishing the Decatur flats, try throwing a frog/rat type lure in the milfoil. Dark jigs cast on points and along bluff walls at night are good for smallmouth bass in the lower lake. Bream are found in shallow, gravelly areas during the spawn. Look for bream along the bluffs and banks during the occasional willow fly hatches during the summer.