Posted by TroyJ on February 07, 2001 at 15:36:38:
In Reply to: What kinds of fish do well in Guntersville Lake? posted by Kenneth Sanders on February 07, 2001 at 11:40:47:
The Guntersville impoundment is 69k acres and about 65 miles from dam to dam. the average river channel depth is around 30 feet with areas from 50 to over 70 feet down river. The average back channel depths range from 10 to 15 feet. There are numerous shallow sloughs and flats.
The bottom is generally hard, (sand, gravel, and rock and all mostly covered with shells), with the standard mud in the back waters and sloughs. Down river is sheer rock bluff. There are many areas that still have the stumps left from the trees they cut back in the 30s when they were building the dam.
With regular current flow and massive, mostly barren flats, the grass is the only real salvation for keeping a population of game fish in the system. Both hydrilla and milfoil provide about 20k acres of habitat and provide a much needed current break and shelter for fish to live and breed in, on the channel ledge and on the flats. Other grasses including coontail, lily pads and shorline varietys are around the lake. Guntersville has good and growing population of largemouth bass, crappie and bream. There are spotted and smallmouth in Guntersville. Rockfish, white stripe, hybrids and yellow stripe are in the lake. Yellow perch, sauger and a few walleye can be caught. Every sort of catfish and carp along with drum, gar, and other trash fish. Baitfish include both gizzard and thredfin shad. Many assorted minnows including snail darters, log perch, etc.
There is abundant structure such as old roadbeds, points, channels, ledges, foundations, humps etc. etc. if you like deep water structure fishing. Otherwise there is plenty of grass and shallow water cover to locate fish on. Usually you can locate both bass and crappie in less than 7 feet of water year round. (yesterday we caught our bass in 2 feet of water).
Wheeler is sort of similar to Guntersville with the exception of the hydrilla, which is weird since I see it floating down from Guntersville all the time. Wheeler does have milfoil and lots of stumps. The bass fishing declined on Wheeler back in 97-98 but is coming back. Wheeler does have a better catchable smallmouth population with smallies over the 8-lb mark. Wilson, just below Wheeler is even better for trophy smallmouth. Guntersville however is the easier to fish and more consistant lake for largemouth and probably one of the best crappie lakes in the nation.
Simply put, you can fish for whatever you want, any way you want and whenever you want. We are blessed with some great fisheries.
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