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Last Updated May 3, 2019


Brian Barton told us, "This month is one of the best of the year for Wilson Lake. Catfish will be full swing from one end of the lake to the other. For trophy cats fish the river ledges in 30 to 60 feet of water. Ledges with wood or rock cover will be best. The upper 1/3 of the lake typically produces best this month. For some eating size catfish target the main lake shoreline bluff walls in 15 to 40 feet of water. Long points on the mouth of feeder creeks and long sloughs will also hold plenty of fish. Chicken livers, cut shad, night crawlers, and shrimp are best for these smaller fish.
The bass bite will be good in all feeder creeks and sloughs. Some fish will already be on the bed, while others are still holding just off deep ledges in wait. Long for tapering banks with hard, gravel or rock bottoms for the best action. The presence of wood, weeds, or rock is all the better. Smallmouth will be post spawn for the most part and holding in the edge of the Wheeler dam tailrace when the dams are generating current. Live minnow drifting is your best bet here.
Shellcrackers ( Redear Sunfish ) will start to bed by mid-month. April 10th is the full moon. If water temps make 65 degrees the big females will start to bed. Search for beds in 2-6 feet of water on pea gravel bottoms along weed lines or woody banks. Fish tend to bed on the northern side of the lake first. Four Mile and Six Mile Creeks as well as Shoals Creek are traditional bream and shell cracker hot spots. Worms, crickets, and mussel meat, if available are my favorite baits."
For guided catfish, bass, bream or striper trips contact Captain Brian Barton at [email protected] or visit our website at www.brianbartonoutdoors.com.