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When and Where to Fish for Bass in Alabama

Bass fishing is a beloved tradition in Alabama. The state’s climate allows anglers to fish year-round, but certain months are more ideal for catching different types of Bass in some of Alabama’s best fishing holes. You can get Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass stocked in your own Alabama pond or visit one of these local fishing favorites.

GUNTERSVILLE LAKE

Guntersville Lake is located between Bridgeport and Guntersville in Northern Alabama. This 69,000-acre lake is the largest in Alabama and is home to Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass. This is the ideal location for catching Largemouth Bass. Its aquatic vegetation coverage and stable water levels create the perfect habitat. The best time to catch trophy-sized Largemouth Bass is in February, but March and early April also yield fish weighing over five pounds.

For late-winter fishing in February, Mud Creek offers the best angling opportunities because the shallow waters there warm before other areas of the lake. A lipless crankbait is the best lure to use during this time of year. When the weather warms in early Spring, Chisenhall and Siebold Creeks are the best places to catch pre-spawn and bedding Bass.

PICKWICK LAKE

Pickwick Lake covers 43,000 acres on the border of Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. It contains Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass, but is best known for its Smallmouth Bass fishing. March’s warmer temperatures and longer days create the ideal climate for catching Smallmouth Bass weighing over five pounds. Pickwick Lake is also a great place to catch Largemouth Bass starting in June. The Largemouth Bass in this lake are smaller, with an average weight of 3.5 pounds, however, the fish are plentiful and some anglers report easily catching 100 fish each day.

Areas of the lake with gravel, shell or rock bottom approximately a quarter mile from the bank are the best places to catch large Smallmouth Bass. The fish are 16 to 20 feet deep in early March and move to 12 to 14 feet deep when the temperatures warm to the mid-50s. Bucktail jigs and curly tail grubs are the best lures for catching Smallmouth Bass in March, and football jigs are best for catching Largemouth Bass in June.

LAKE EUFALUFA

Anglers have caught some of Alabama’s largest Largemouth Bass in Lake Eufalufa, located in Southeast Alabama on the Chattahoochee River. This 45,000-acre shallow lake is fertile but does not contain an overabundance of Bass because it also contains competitive species. March is the best month for catching Bass weighing over five pounds.

The best place to find Bass are in the lake’s manmade brush piles and on the edge of vegetation, especially in areas with hydrilla, alligator weed, water willow and coontail. In March, anglers find bass at five to 10 feet deep in Wylaunee and Cowikee Creeks, and crankbaits and spinnerbaits are the best lures to catch Bass during this time.

Lakes and ponds attract wildlife, provide water for livestock and provide fishing opportunities. Proper stocking allows Bass to grow to trophy size by providing proper forage and avoiding competitive species. For the Bass-loving angler, Trophy Pond Management provides fish stocking services in Alabama. Proper stocking ensures that Alabama residents can enjoy Bass fishing at their favorite locations for many years.