Wheeler lake is an all-time favorite for tournament pros and local angles alike. With many public access points and marinas, it also has a wide-open reservoir, creek channels, rock bluffs, and the “Decatur flats” with a variety of fish species. It is an exciting place for a multitude of fishermen. Wheeler Lake is home to many fish species including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and sauger.
For a good reason, fishing enthusiasts from Birmingham to Nashville converge on this 60-mile-long reservoir. The upper, middle, and lower-end reservoirs offer unique habitats, from weed beds and creek channels to steep banks and long points.
While the bass is the most popular fish at Wheeler Lake, and lengths between 12 and 15 inches are typical, don’t forget about the other varieties of swimmers thriving here. Crappie grows very fast in this environment. Below the Guntersville Dam is your best spot for catching sauger in the winter and early spring. Summer finds schools of bass and hybrids below the Dam as well. There’s a good chance of finding bream if you see willow fly hatches in the bluffs or banks.
Master anglers will have advice on the different baits and lures, so do some research before you go. As you choose your spot and bait, dream of catching the big one as a 111-pound blue catfish was caught in these waters! Records are meant to be broken.
Wheeler Lake Fish:
Wheeler Lake boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Wheeler Lake.